Abandoned building removal or repair by political subdivision, 505.86

505.86 Collection of costs of abating dangerous property conditions At least thirty days prior to the removal, repair or securance of any insecure, unsafe or structurally defective building, the board township trustees shall give notice by certified mail of its intention with respect to such removal, repair, or securance to the holders of legal or equitable liens of records upon the real property on which such building is located and to owners of records of such property. If the owner’s address is unknown and cannot reasonably be obtained, it is sufficient to publish the notice once in a newspaper of general circulation in the township. The owners of record of such property of the holders of liens or record upon such property may enter into an agreement with the board to perform the removal, repair, or securance of the insecure, unsafe, or structurally defective building. If an emergency exists, as determined by the board, notice may be given other than by certified mail and less than thirty days prior to such removal, repair or securance.

Abatement of nuisances by township, 505.87

505.87 Collection of costs of removing debris constituting a nuisance from land The board shall send the notice to the owner of the land by certified mail if the owner is a resident of the township or is a nonresident whose address is known, and by certified mail to lienholders of record. If the owner’s address is unknown and can not reasonably be obtained, it is sufficient to publish the notice once in a newspaper of general circulation in the township. The owner of the land or holders of liens of records upon the land may enter into an agreement with the board of township trustees providing for either party to perform the abatement, control, or removal prior to the time the board is required to provide for the abatement, control, or removal under division (C) of this section.

Boundary adjustment, 503.05

503.05 Adjustment of disputed boundaries When a boundary line between townships is in dispute, the board of county commissioners, upon application of the board of township trustees of one of such townships, and upon notice in writing to the board of township trustees of such civil township and on thirty days’ public notice printed in an newspaper published within the county shall establish such boundary line and make a record thereof as provided by section 503.04 of the Revised Code.

Building standards, adoption, 505.73, 505.75, 505.76

505.73 Building codes; procedures for maintenance and repairs After the board adopts a code, the township clerk shall post a notice which shall clearly identify the code, state the purpose of the code, state that a complete copy of the code is on file for inspection by the public with the township clerk and in the law library of the county in which the township is located, and state that the clerk has copies available for distribution to the public at cost. The township clerk shall post the notice in five conspicuous places in the township for thirty days before the code becomes effective. The clerk shall also publish the notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the township for three consecutive weeks. If the adopting township amends or deletes any provision of the code, the notice shall contain a brief summary of the deletion or amendment.

505.75 Building codes; procedures for adoption; building regulation departments (B) Regulations or amendments may be adopted under this section only after public hearing at not fewer than two regular sessions of the board. The board shall cause to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the township notice of the public hearings, including time, date, and place, once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the hearings. The proposed regulations or amendments shall be made avail able by the board to the public at the board office.

505.76 Availability; publication (A) Building regulations adopted or amended by a board of township trustees under sections of 505.75 to 505.77 of the Revised Code shall be made available to the public at the office of the board, and the section headings and numbers and a notice of the availability of the regulations shall be published in at least one newspaper of general township wide circulation within ten days after their adoption or amendment.

Cemeteries:

Reentry rights 517.07; Rules 517.12

517.07 Sale of cemetery lots The terms of sale and any deed for any lots executed in compliance with the notification requirements set forth in divisions (A), (B), and (C) of this section shall state that the board of township trustees shall have right of reentry to the cemetery lot if the notification requirements are not met. At least ninety days before establishing reentry, the board shall send a notice by certified mail to the last known owner at his last known address to inform him that his interest in the lot will cease unless the notification requirements are met. If the owner’s address is unknown and cannot reasonably be obtained, it is sufficient to publish the notice once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county. In order to establish reentry, the board shall pass a resolution stating that the conditions of the sale or the deed have not been fulfilled, and that the board reclaims its interest in the lot. The board may limit the terms of sale or the deed for a cemetery lot by specifying that the owner, a member of the owner’s family, or an owner’s descendant must use the lot, or at least one burial place within the lot, within a specified time period. The board may specify this time period to be at least twenty years but not more than fifty years, with right of renewal provided at no cost. At least ninety days prior to the termination date for use of the cemetery lot, the board shall send a notice to the owner to inform him that his interest in the lot will cease on the termination date unless he contracts for renewal by that date. The board shall send the notice by certified mail to the owner if the owner is a resident of the township or is a nonresident whose address is known. If the owner’s address is unknown and cannot reasonably be obtained, it is sufficient to publish the notice once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county.

517.12 Closed times established by rule; penalty The board of township trustees may make rules specifying the times when cemeteries under its control shall be closed to the public. The board shall cause the rules to be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the township, and may post appropriate notice in the township as considered necessary.

Lighting Improvements:

Hearing on petition, 515.04

515.04 Notice of petition The clerk shall give such notice to each nonresident lot or land owner, by publication once, in a newspaper published in and of general circulation In the county in which the district is situated, at least two weeks before the day set for hearing. Such notice shall be verified by affidavit of the printer or other person knowing the fact, and shall be filed with the clerk on or before the day of hearing. No further notice of the petition or the proceedings thereunder shall thereafter be required.

Noise Regulations, Parking regulations, 505.17

505.17 Noise control; regulations for vehicle parking; snow-emergency authorization; vehicle in violation may be stored; disposition of fines (B)(1) All regulations and orders, including any snow emergency authorization established by the board under this section, except for an order declaring a snow emergency as provided in division (B)(2) of this section, shall be posted by the township clerk in five conspicuous public places in the town ship for thirty days before becoming effective, and shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the township for three consecutive weeks. In addition to these requirements, no general snow-emergency authorization shall become effective until permanent signs giving notice that parking is limited or prohibited during a snow emergency are properly posted, in accordance with any applicable standards adopted by the department of transportation, along streets or highways specified in the authorization.

Parks-Proposed establishment, 511.21

511.21 Notice of submission of question Upon the filing of the report of the board of park commissioners as provided by section 511.20 of the Revised Code, the board of township trustees shall direct the township clerk to give thirty days’ notice, by posting in five public places in the township, and by publication in one or more newspapers of general circulation therein, that an election will be held at the next general election to determine whether one or more free public parks are to be established within the township, and the estimated cost of the land recommended for that purpose.

511.23 Powers and duties of park board

(F) The board may adopt such bylaws and rules as it considers advisable:

(1) To prohibit selling, giving away, or using any intoxicating liquors in the park or parks.

(2) For the government and control of the park or parks and the operation of motor vehicles therein;

(3) To provide for the protection and preservation of all property and natural life within its jurisdiction. Before such bylaws and rules take effect, the board shall provide for a notice of their adoption to be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county within which the park district is located.

Parks-Tax levy issue 511.28

511.28 Procedures for submitting levy The board of elections shall submit the proposal to the electors as provided in section 511.27 of the Revised Code at the succeeding general or primary election. A resolution to renew an existing levy may not be placed on the ballot unless the question is submitted at the general election held during the last year the tax to be renewed may be extended on the real and public utility property tax list and duplicate, or at any election held in the ensuing year. The board of park commissioners shall cause notice that the vote will be taken to be published once a week for four consecutive weeks prior to the election in a newspaper of general circulation in the county within which the park district is located. The notice shall state the purpose of the proposed levy, The annual rate proposed expressed in dollars and cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, as well as in mills for each one dollar of valuation, the number of consecutive years during which the levy shall be in effect, and the time and place of the election.

Police equipment, auction, 505.55

505.55 Dissolution of police district In the event that need for a township police district ceases to exist, the township trustees by a two-thirds vote of the board shall adopt a resolution specifying the date that the township police district shall cease to exist and provide for the disposal of all property belonging to the district by public sale. Such sale must be by public auction and upon notice thereof being published once a week for three weeks in a newspaper published, or of general circulation in such township, the last of such publications to be at least five days before the date of the sale. Any moneys remaining after the dissolution of the district or received from the public sale of property shall be paid into the treasury of the township and may be expended for any public purpose when duly authorized by the township board of trustees.

Waste disposal districts, creation 505.28

505.28 Creation of waste disposal district The board of township trustees may create a waste disposal district under sections 505.27 to 505.33 of the Revised Code, by a unanimous vote of the board and give notice thereof by a publication in two newspapers of general circulation in the township. If, within thirty days after such publication, a protest petition is filed with the board, signed by at least fifty percent of the electors residing in the district, the act of the board in creating such district shall be void. If a petition is filed with the board asking for the creation of such a district in the township, accompanied by a map clearly showing the boundaries of such district, and signed by at least sixty-five percent of the electors residing therein, with addresses of such signers, the board shall, within sixty days, create such a district.

Zoning resolutions

Adoption, hearings on, 519.06 to 519.09

519.06 Public hearing on recommendations; notice Before certifying its recommendations of a zoning plan to the board of township trustees, the township zoning commission shall hold at least one publication in one or more newspapers of general circulation in the township at least thirty days before the date of such hearing. The notice shall state the place and time at which the text and maps of the proposed zoning resolution may be examined.

519.08 Public hearing on zoning plan After receiving the certification of a zoning plan from the township zoning commission, and before adoption of any zoning resolution, the board of township trustees shall hold a public hearing on the resolution, at least thirty days notice of the item and place of which shall be given by one publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the township.

519.09 Changes in text or maps; second hearing No change in or departure from the text or maps, as certified by the township zoning commission, shall be made by the board of township trustees unless it is first resubmitted to the commission for approval, disapproval, or suggestions. Upon receipt of the recommendations of the township rural zoning commission regarding the proposed changes, the board of township trustees shall hold a second public hearing, at least ten days notice of the time and place of which shall be given by one publication in one or more newspapers of general circulation in the township affected. If such changes are disapproved by the zoning commission, the provision so disapproved must receive the favorable vote of the entire membership of the board of township trustees in order to be adopted.

Zoning resolutions, Amendments, 519.12

519.12 Amendments to zoning resolution; procedure; referendum; form of petition; filing requirements Upon the adoption of such motion, or the certification of such resolution or the filing of such application, the township zoning commission shall set a date for a public hearing thereon, which date shall not be less than twenty nor more than forty days from the date of the certification of such resolution or the date of adoption of such motion or the date of the filing of such application. Notice of such hearing shall be given by the township zoning commission by one publication in one or more newspapers of general circulation in the township at least ten days before the date of such hearing. The board of township trustees shall, upon receipt of such recommendation, set a time for a public hearing on such proposed amendment, which date shall not be more than thirty days from the date of the receipt of such recommendation from the township zoning commission. Notice of such public hearing shall be given by the board by one publication in one or more newspapers of general circulation in the township, at least ten days before the date of such hearing.

519.15 Rules, organization and meetings of zoning appeals board

The board of zoning appeals shall fix a reasonable time for the public hearing of the appeal, give at least ten days notice in writing to the parties in interest, give notice of such public hearing by one publication in one or more newspapers of general circulation in the county at least ten days before the date of such hearing and decide the appeal within a reasonable time after it is submitted. Upon the hearing, any person may appear in person or by attorney.

Note: The above annotations are from the Ohio Revised Code as published by Banks Baldwin Publishing Company Cleveland, Ohio.

Definition of a Newspaper

For purposes of public notices, the Ohio Revised Code defines a newspaper as the following: 7.12 Newspapers qualified for publication of legal notices; office of publication; general circulation Whenever any legal publication is required by law to be made in a newspaper published in a municipal corporation, county, or other political subdivision, the newspaper shall also be a newspaper of general circulation in the municipal corporation, county, or other political subdivision, without further restriction or limitation upon a selection of the newspaper to be used. If no newspaper is published in such municipal corpora tion, county, or other political subdivision, such legal publication shall be made in any newspaper of general circulation therein. If there are less than two newspapers published in any municipal corporation, county, or other political subdivision in the manner defined by this section, then any legal publication required by law to be made in a newspaper published in a municipal corporation, county, or other political subdivision. As used in this section, a known office of publication is a public office where the business of the newspaper is transacted during the usual business hours, and such office shall be shown by the publication itself. In addition to all other requirements, a newspaper or newspaper of general circulation, except those publications performing the functions described in section 2701.09 of the Revised Code for a period of one year immediately preceding any such publication required to be made, shall be a publication bearing a title or name, regularly issued as frequently as once a week for a definite price or consideration paid for by not less than fifty percent of those to whom distribution is made, having a second class mailing privilege, being not less than four pages, published continuously during the immediately presiding one-year period, and circulated generally in the political subdivision in which it is published. Such publication must be of a type to which the general public resorts for passing events of a political, religious, commercial, and social nature, current happenings, announcements, miscellaneous reading matter, advertisements, and other notices.