Scott Township, Marion County, Ohio
|Scott Township, Ohio|
Location of Scott Township in Marion County
|• Total||24.5 sq mi (63.4 km2)|
|• Land||24.5 sq mi (63.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,004 ft (306 m)|
|• Density||21.3/sq mi (8.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1086586|
Located in the northeastern part of the county, it borders the following townships:
- Dallas Township, Crawford County - north
- Whetstone Township, Crawford County - northeast corner
- Tully Township - east
- Canaan Township, Morrow County - southeast corner
- Claridon Township - south
- Marion Township - southwest corner
- Grand Prairie Township - west
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (June 2007)|
The township was organized between June 7 through 9th, 1824, and comprises land included in the Sandusky Plains of Ohio. Land in Scott Township is generally flat, with shallow slopes. Prairie grasses and other native plants were destroyed in its settlement; ditches were added to aid drainage of farm fields. The majority of farms in Scott Township today produce wheat, corn, and soybeans.
In the 1920s, the township was a favorite of Jim Thorpe (who played for the Oorang Indians NFL team in LaRue, Ohio) who hunted near the "Wolf Pond" north of Linn Hipsher Road. In 1942, the United States Federal Government seized approximately one-fourth of the total land in the township for the construction of the Scioto Ordnance Plant (this same action also resulted in the building of Marion Engineering Depot). Families living within the boundaries of the facility were given less than 60 days to vacate their homes and farms. Following the end of the war, the land was sold back to the public, however by that time, many of the homes and farmsteads that had been within the site had been leveled by the US Army; few families who had lived in the area before the government action returned to the area having established themselves in other communities.
The township was hard hit by the Great Blizzard of 1978. Quail, once plentiful in the area, have not been seen in the township since then.
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.
Police protection in Scott Township is provided by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.
Children in Scott Township attend one of two different school systems: those from the western part of the township attend the Ridgedale Local School System, while those from the eastern part attend the River Valley School System.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Marion County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
- §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.