DATE:            Tuesday,  January 29,  2008


LOCATION: 500 Court Street – County Commissioners 2nd floor Conference Room


TIME:             7:00 P.M.


Meeting was called to order by Mr.  Lynn Keller,  Chairman of the Defiance Township Zoning Bd of Appeals.   Mr.  Keller asked the clerk to call the roll.   


The Clerk then called the roll for attendance.  Board of Appeals members present were:  Lynn Keller,  Bruce Hahn, Thomas Rosendale & alternate Robert Williamson.  With three of five members and an alternate answering present a quorum was declared.


Other Township representatives present were:  Mr.  James Schlegel – Township Zoning Inspector, Mr. Dan Peck,  Mr. Richard Ankney & Mr. Charles Bakle – Township Trustees. 


Visitors present were:  Ruth Ann Schofield 15968 Campbell Rd,  Ken & Romona Wirick p.o. box 246(representing realty firm Osborne Associates),  Bruce Wiesenburger 14131 St. Rt. 15, Defiance,  Gary Walker 337 Northfield Ave, Defiance,  Daryl Hanly 203 W. Wayne St, Paulding,  Ohio,  Duane Jones 2127 Baltimore St, Defiance, Ohio, Carl & Augusta Wagner 24815 Watson Rd, Defiance,  Israel Perez 24697 Watson Rd Defiance,  & JoEllen Houck of 8 Deville Drive,  Defiance,  Ohio.   


Chairman Keller then read item 1 of the agenda: 


Item 1:             A request for a “conditional Use” permit had been made by Ciccotelli Design Ltd,  1036 Schultz Street,  Defiance,  Ohio,  43512  to use an existing agricultural zoned parcel of 5 acres more or less for the construction of a Church.  The parcel is located on the south side of Watson Rd,  approximately .1 miles west of State Route 15.  The parcel is part of the N.E. Quarter of section 12 in Defiance Township, Defiance County, Ohio.  The parcel ID is  B110012000104.  


a.      Mr.  Keller noted that a packet of information which contained a copy of the application for the “conditional use” permit,  and data on the proposed project supplied by Defiance County Soil & Water had been provided by the clerk to all Zoning Bd Appeals members. 


b.      Mr.  Keller then asked if anyone wished to comment on this proposal.


a.      Mr.  Gary Walker was recognized and said he was representing the delegation from the Jehovah Witness Church.  Mr.  Walker said his church was buying the property from Ciccotelli Design Ltd of Defiance for the purpose of constructing a church.

i.      Mr.  Walker also said they were working a company that builds church buildings and this company has provided all information as requested to Defiance County Soil & Water for their review which resulted in the report Soil & Water has provided to the Appeals Board members.

b.      Mrs. Ruth Ann Schofield was recognized and she asked if the church group had been in contact with Defiance County Engineer’s office for access needs and if they had been in contact with the Health Department for sewer needs.

i.      Mr.  Walker said that they had.

c.      Carl Wagner (lives across the road from the proposed church construction site) was recognized and noted that recently the Church contractors-builders were surveying and were on his property.  He wanted the church representatives to know that they should seek permission before coming onto his property.

i.      Mr.  Walker apologized for this and said that in the future they would seek permission if any other work on this project required that they be on any one’s property other then their own.

d.      Dan Hart (a neighboring property owner) asked if OEPA had approved the sewer – septic system for the church.

i.      Mr. Walker said they had.  Walker also said that if and when the Ayersville Water and Sewer system was available to the church the church would hook up to this service.

e.      Mr. Bruce Wiesenburger (a neighboring property owner) asked when construction was to begin.

i.      Mr.  Walker said this summer or very early fall.

f.      Mr.  Keller after noting that if the “conditional user permit” were to be approved there were other approvals that the church will need to acquire.  The church should get in contact with the County Engineer’s Office,  Twp Zoning Inspector and the Defiance County Planning Commission. 

i.      Keller then asked if there were any other concerns or questions. 

ii.      There were none.


Chairman Keller requested a motion for the approval/disapproval of the request.


Mr.  Hahn moved to approve the requested “conditional use”  permit to allow for the construction of the church.  Mr. Williamson seconded.


The clerk called the roll.


Lynn Keller, Chair      yea                              Thomas Rosendale      yea


Robert Williamson       yea                              Bruce Hahn                  Yea


The vote being four yea’s and no nea’s - the motion to approve the “conditional use permit”  was approved.


The Chair asked if there was any other business to come before the Board. 

There being no further business to come before the Board of Appeals Mr.  Keller requested a motion to adjourn the meeting. 


            Motion:             Mr.  Rosendale      


            Second:            Mr.  Hahn                                        


YEA(s)      4                 NAY(s)        0               Passed      X                Failed


The meeting adjourned.