Trustees maintain 24.2 miles of roads

SIDNEY — The year 2018 showed signs of improvement for the residents of Turtle Creek Township.

“The trustees have been very conservative with our budget,” said Chairman Michael Eilerman. “We saved money back for any budget shortfalls from the state.”

Two miles of roads are scheduled to be paved with black top in 2019 with the help from Issue One funding.

His report continues:

The township has 24.2 miles of roads to maintain and to keep clear of the elements in the winter. The township continues an aggressive road maintenance program to prolong the life of the road surface. The trustees continue to monitor and replace culverts, road berming and bridges, as needed. Bridge replacements are made possible by the passage of the 1/2 percent sales tax issue approved by the voters of Shelby County.

Turtle Creek Township maintains Shelby Memory Gardens. This has not only added to the responsibilities of the Trustees by has also impacted the Township financially as well. Dave Fishbaugh is caretaker of the cemetery with approximately 40 burials per year. Improvements to the cemetery include replacing the entrance sign with donated labor by Mitch Phlipot Masonary. Materials are being donated by Minster Supply. Additional donations are being accepted for lettering on the sign as well as trees and landscaping.

Jack Schmiesing continues as our Zoning Enforcement Officer. Residents are strongly urged to contact Jack before any construction is started. Residents should also note that before they start a home business, they need to apply for conditional use and sign permits.

If a resident would like to serve on the Zoning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals, now or in the future, please contact myself, Doug Ike, Andy Freytag, or our fiscal officer, Karen Pleiman.