Allen Township Park News
By: Gary Wallace

After the defeat of the Park Levy this spring, the park committee decided to use money left over from the campaign to survey the community regarding future park development. (Money to support the levy was raised by park volunteers and no township funds were used.)

The results of the survey are as follows: 
- Over 400 surveys were mailed and 73 were returned. (18%)
- Question 1. Do you feel Allen Township needs a park? (61% Yes, 35% No)
- Question 2. We asked you to rank the park/recreational activities based on importance to you. The results are as follows: 
1. Shelter house(s)
2. Picnic area
3. Exercise trails
4. Pond (with fish)
5. Soccer field
6. Baseball field
7. Tennis courts
8. Volleyball courts
9. Basketball courts
10. Horseshoes
- Question 3. Are you satisfied with park development (65% Yes, 22% No)
- Question 4. Are you willing to support the present park plans through a tax levy? (42% Yes, 57% No) No surprise, this was about the same as the vote.
- Question 5. Would you support a levy if the plans were scaled down? (19% Yes, 36% No)

The totals for each question do not equal 100% because many people did not indicate a choice on all questions. There were many comments returned, some very positive and some negative. A complete listing of the comments can be viewed at the Allen Township secretary’s office. The names of the respondents were not included in the listing. 

The results of the survey indicate that the majority of Allen Township residents are in favor of a park and satisfied with development. This vote of confidence has allowed additional park development.

New Park Development ~ Summer & Fall 2001

Based on the survey results, two new recreational areas are under development.

1. Three acres of the northwest corner of the park was graded and seeded to allow for soccer practice and games. This area will be ready for use in the Spring of 2002.

2. Approximately one-half mile of walking trail is under construction. The trail begins at the parking lot and follows the property line around the soccer field, to the southwest corner and back to the parking lot. This trail should be ready in October, 2001.

3. The park committee applied for and received an $18,000 grant from Union County to construct a covered bridge, which will link the two raised pinnacles in the playground. We anticipate construction will begin this fall. We would also like to extend an invitation to all Allen Township residents to come to this year’s Community Day. 

Community Day - 2001

The Allen Township Board of Trustees would like to invite all Allen Township residents to the annual Community Day on Saturday, September 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., eating at 6:00. This year’s Community Day will be potluck style. The Trustees will supply the meat, drinks and table service. We are requesting that you bring a covered dish as follows: If your last name begins with 
- A through H - hot vegetable/casserole
- I though P - dessert 
- Q through Z - salad
After dinner, there will be a hayride. The Fire Department will be offering rides on the fire trucks, and invite everyone to experience the smoke house. There will also be a drawing for a free flight on the Med-Flight helicopter. We hope to see you there!

Annual Fall Clean Up

This season’s clean up will run from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2001. The dumpster will be located in the parking lot at the Allen Township Community Complex. Use of this dumpster is encouraged for the disposal of garbage, junk and debris. However, landfill regulations prohibit us from accepting tires, batteries, and appliances containing Freon, rolls of fence wire, wood and yard debris. Metal drums must have both ends removed.

Fire Department News
By: Dan Fancey

Address Signs: Every second counts when you call 911 to report a fire, illness or injury. Those extra seconds it takes to find your house can make the difference between saving a life or a home. The seclusion common in many country homes makes it difficult for the fire department to find you in an emergency. You can help save seconds by properly addressing your property. Address numbers should be at least 2” tall and be a contrasting color to the background they are installed on (reflective numbers help). The numbers should be visible from both directions of travel. In addition to mailbox numbers, common access drives need an address number sign where each house drive splits off of the common drive. These signs must be at least 18” off the ground to prevent snow coverage. Gang mailboxes are also confusing for the fire department because it is hard to tell which address goes with which house. Placing an address number sign next to your driveway will solve this problem, again at least 18” off the ground. Numbers and signs can be found in hardware and department stores. The Union County Farm Bureau offers a green sign with white numbers that is reflective for $6.50. They are located at 825 West 6th Street in Marysville. Call them for office hours at 642-4005.

Seasonal Reminders: When you turn your clocks back, change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. If you have fireplaces, stoves or furnaces fueled by wood, gas or oil in you home, you should have a CO detector. CO can build to dangerous levels in you home from a defective appliance or blocked chimney, especially in the winter when our houses are closed up. CO is odorless and colorless so you won’t know it’s present in you home without a detector. CO poisoning symptoms include headache, nausea and sleepiness so many people confuse it with the flu. If not identifies and treated immediately, it can be fatal.

Fireplace, stoves, furnaces and chimneys should be inspected/cleaned by a qualified repairperson before starting them up this heating season.

Free home fire safety inspections are available through the Allen Township Fire Department. Call 642-5536 to schedule an inspection.

Cans for Kids: The Shriner’s have placed a barrel at the Allen Township Fire Department for disposal of aluminum cans. The proceeds will benefit the Shrine Hospitals. Please feel free to drop off your aluminum cans to help this important cause. Allen Township Gazette
16945 Allen Center Road
Marysville, OH 43040

Township Information

The Allen Township Board meetings will be held on the first and third Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. during October through April, and at 7:30 p.m. May through September. As always, the Board of Trustees encourage public attendance at all regularly scheduled meetings. 

If you are interested in renting the community room, please call the administration office at 642-9551. There is no charge to township residents for the first two rentals per year.

Schedule of Events
By: Denise Ansback

10/3,6,10,13,17,20,27: Farmer’s Market
Delaware County Fairgrounds
Wed. 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat. 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
10/06: Cyclo Cross Racing Event (Union County)
10/21: Columbus Marathon. 
Start & Finish Downtown Columbus.
10/20-21: Logan County Apple Heritage Days
10/27: Scarecrow Days-Downtown Marysville
10/30-11/01 & 12/7-8: Country Christmas
Marmon Valley Farms
11/16-01/01: Wildlights-Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
11/26: Christmas Walk-Downtown Marysville
12/02: Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra
Christmas Concert
Gray Chapel, Ohio Wesleyan
2:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Tickets: 888-999-COSO
12/31: First Night Columbus-Downtown Statehouse Square

Christmas on the Square Festival-Sunbury Square (first Saturday in December-Delaware County)

NOTE: If your organization or school has any event you would like printed in the Allen Township Gazette, please contact Denise Ansback, 644-1799.

    Board of Trustees:                     Zoning Inspector:
    Louis Meyer, Chairman                 Gary Smallwood
    Jack Rausch
    Ronald Chapman

    Clerk/Editor:                               Fire Chief:
    Cande Brake                                 Paul Slaughter