Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio
|Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio|
|• Total||8.6 sq mi (22.4 km2)|
|• Land||8.4 sq mi (21.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)|
|Elevation||735 ft (224 m)|
|• Density||1,700/sq mi (660/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1086232|
Located in the northeastern corner of the county, the township has been cut into two "islands" due to annexations by surrounding cities. They have the following borders:
The cities of Indian Hill, Loveland, and Montgomery have annexed large portions of Symmes Township, especially Indian Hill. The following census-designated places (unincorporated communities) are in the township:
- Camp Dennison, in the southern part of the township
- Loveland Park, in the northeastern corner, extending north into Warren County
- Remington, in the southern tip of the northern "island"
- Sixteen Mile Stand, in the western portion of the northern "island"
A part of the Symmes Purchase, it was first settled by German and Scots-Irish settlers in 1824. In 1853 the Little Miami Railroad was completed, connecting the township to Cincinnati. Symmes Township survived a 1994 attempt to merge with Loveland, as well as efforts the following year to incorporate most of Symmes and Deerfield Townships as the City of Heritage.
In June 1994, dozens of people witnessed what was initially thought to be an advertising balloon, though Hamilton County has no record of a permit for an advertising balloon that day. The orb remained stationary and was circled by local air traffic. It was visible into the night, but by the next morning it was gone.
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 and fire protection in Symmes Township are the responsibility of the Hamilton County Sheriff and the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department respectively.
- Jodie L. Leis, Member of the Board of Trustees
- Kenneth N. Bryant, Member of the Board of Trustees
- Carol A. Sims, Fiscal Officer
- Brian Elliff, Administrator
- Philip Beck, Member of the Board of Trustees
Three different school districts include parts of the township:
- The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District serves the southern part of the township.
- The Loveland City School District serves the northeastern part of the township
- The Sycamore Community School District serves the western part of the township.
Many private schools are located near Symmes Township as well, including Cincinnati Country Day School, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Archbishop Moeller High School, Ursuline Academy, St. Margaret of York Elementary School, and St. Columban School.
The township is also served by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
- "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.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Symmes township, Hamilton County, Ohio". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
- Hunter, Ginny (1994-08-18). "Petitions would put merger panel to vote Loveland Council hears residents". The Cincinnati Post (E. W. Scripps Company). p. Editorial 1. Retrieved 2006-09-08.
- Hunter, Ginny (1995-10-05). "Growth spurs vision for new city Proponents could put 'Heritage' on map". The Cincinnati Post (E. W. Scripps Company). p. 14A. Retrieved 2006-09-08.
- UFOsS at close sight: the Symmes Township Orb. UFOLogie.net, 2001. Accessed 2007-05-30.
- §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.