The new name is a part of a new constitution, which was also ratified by the trustees and fiscal officers. The constitution set rules for the election and duties for officers, the purposes and principles of the association, and committees and scheduled dues.
The township association meets quarterly; all township trustees and fiscal officers are entitled to active membership in the organization. Former trustees and fiscal officers, as well as others interested in local self-government, are entitled to associate membership.
Monday’s meeting also gave members a chance to find out about College Township. Trustee Doug McLarnan gave a talk during a slide show of people, places and things in College Township. Kenyon College is the dominant feature of the township, as it owns one-fifth of the land in the smallest township in Ohio.
McLarnan said College Township was formed from Pleasant Township in 1838 and George Dial was the first settler of the area. He also noted that Quarry Chapel is the only historic structure owned by a township in the county, and that the College-Monroe Township Fire Department accounts for approximately half of the township budget. College Township has just 9 1/2 miles of roads, but many buildings to watch over at Kenyon College.
In other news, Pam Palm of the Knox County Health Department spoke to the members about the H1N1 flu virus, as well as seasonal flu. She handed out information on flu shot availability in the county.
Members also received a packet from Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher explaining the difference between motions and resolutions in township government.
A nominating committee for the upcoming election was appointed by President Steve Bechtel. Jim Hughes, Skip Wilkinson and Doug McLarnan were appointed to the committee.
The next meeting of the township association will be Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.