Shalersville Township, Portage County, Ohio

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Shalersville Township, Portage County, Ohio
Township
Countryside in western Shalersville Township
Countryside in western Shalersville Township
Location within Portage County
Location within Portage County
Coordinates: 41°14′44″N 81°15′37″W / 41.24556°N 81.26028°W / 41.24556; -81.26028Coordinates: 41°14′44″N 81°15′37″W / 41.24556°N 81.26028°W / 41.24556; -81.26028
Country United States
State Ohio
County Portage
Area
 • Total 27.6 sq mi (71.5 km2)
 • Land 27.5 sq mi (71.3 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,119 ft (341 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,976
 • Density 217.2/sq mi (83.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44255, 44266, 44241
Area code(s) 330, 234
FIPS code 39-71731[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086839[1]

Shalersville Township is one of the eighteen townships of Portage County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 5,976 people in the township.[3]

Geography[edit]

Located in the northwestern part of the county, it borders the following other townships and cities:

No municipalities are located in Shalersville Township.

Formed from the Connecticut Western Reserve, Shalersville Township covers an area of 28 sq mi (73 km2).

Historic population figures[edit]

  • 1960—2,823
  • 1970—4,967
  • 1980—5,268
  • 1990—5,270
  • 2000—5,976

Name and history[edit]

Shalersville takes its name from its original proprietor, General Nathaniel Shaler and was originally known as "Middletown" as Shaler was a native of Middletown, Connecticut.[4] It is the only Shalersville Township statewide.[5] The first settlers, the family of Joel Baker of Tolland County, Connecticut, arrived in 1806 and the township government was organized in 1812. The township was formed from town 4, range 8 of the Connecticut Western Reserve.[6]

Government[edit]

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,[7] 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.

Transportation[edit]

Ohio State Routes 303 and 44 pass through Shalersville and intersect at the middle of the township. The Ohio Turnpike also cuts through Shalersville, and in the 1990s the exit at State Route 44 was added. The Portage County Airport is located in the southern part of the township.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Portage County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  4. ^ History of Portage County, Ohio: Containing a History of the County, Its Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, Churches, Industries, Etc.. Warner, Beers & Company. 1885. p. 552. 
  5. ^ "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  6. ^ Brown, R.C; Norris, J.E. (1885, 1972 revision). History of Portage County Ohio. Chicago, Illinois: Warner, Beers, and Company. pp. 552–554.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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