Claridon Township, Geauga County, Ohio
|Claridon Township, Geauga County, Ohio|
|— Township —|
|Motto: Land of Steady Habits|
|• Total||22.9 sq mi (59.2 km2)|
|• Land||22.7 sq mi (58.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)|
|Elevation||1,250 ft (381 m)|
|• Density||139.8/sq mi (54.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1086152|
Claridon Township is one of the sixteen townships of Geauga County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 3,173 people in the township, 2,801 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.
Claridon Township was settled in 1808 by Asa Cowles and Seth Spencer. Claridon was originally named Canton then Burlington when part of Burton. Early settlers relied heavily upon an agriculturally based economy, with included dairying, poultry and potato crops. Several cheese factories were built in the township, including the Hall Cheese Factory constructed in 1863. Other industries were blacksmith shops, carpentry shops, maple sugaring, and Nathaniel Spencer's chair factory (the oldest manufacturing business in the township, built in 1811). A railroad was constructed in 1872, with a line running through eastern and northern sections of Claridon. This aided in shipping butter, eggs, cheese and maple syrup to the other communities. One of the oldest roads in Geauga County, Old State Road (State Route 608), runs diagonally across the eastern part of Claridon. In 1932, the city of Akron started a reservoir project, seeking to supply the city with fresh water. Known as the East Branch Reservoir, it is situated partially within Claridon Township. Munson, once named McDonough was cut out of Claridon, but East Branch Reservoir remains. Claridon was split east and center due to religious differences and the Methodist Church was moved as a result of those differences.
Located in the north central part of the county, it borders the following townships:
- Hambden Township - north
- Montville Township - northeast corner
- Huntsburg Township - east
- Middlefield Township - southeast corner
- Burton Township - south
- Newbury Township - southwest corner
- Munson Township - west
- Chardon Township - northwest corner
Statewide, the only other Claridon Township is located in Marion County.
The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer, who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.
Public services 
Students from the eastern two-thirds of the township attend schools in the Berkshire Local School District in Burton, while students from the western third of the township attend schools in the Chardon Local School District. Both school districts received excellent ratings in the 2006-2007 school year.
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Geauga County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
- Pioneer and General History of Geauga County, 977.1336 PIO dated 1956
- §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.