Milford Township, Butler County, Ohio
|Milford Township, Butler County, Ohio|
Location of Milford Township in Butler County
|• Total||36.9 sq mi (95.5 km2)|
|• Land||36.8 sq mi (95.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||876 ft (267 m)|
|• Density||97/sq mi (37.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1085815|
Milford Township, one of thirteen townships in the county, is located in north-central Butler County, Ohio, United States, between Oxford and Middletown. The township, which contains the village of Somerville, had a population of 3,550 at the 2010 census, up from 3,254 in 2000. Excluding Somerville, 3,269 people live in the unincorporated part of the township.
It comprises one entire survey township in the Congress Lands and has an area of 37 square miles (96 km2). The township was named by Robert Lytle, the township justice of the peace and county judge who was the great-grandfather of a famous Milford Township native, Governor Andrew L. Harris. Statewide, other Milford Townships are located in Defiance and Knox counties.
- Beginning at the southeast corner of the fifth township of the second range west of the Miami; thence north with the east boundary of the said second range to the north boundary of the county; thence west with the northern boundary line to the northwest corner of the county; thence south with the western boundary line of the county to the southwest corner of the fifth township in the first range; thence to the place of beginning.
This area was diminished to the present territory when the western half, another full survey township commonly known as the "college township", was separated from Milford Township by the Butler County Commissioners (James Blackburn, William Robison, and John Wingate) on August 5, 1811, to form Oxford Township.
Historic population figures
Located in the northern part of the county, it borders the following townships:
- Somers Township, Preble County - north
- Gratis Township, Preble County - northeast corner
- Wayne Township - east
- St. Clair Township - southeast corner
- Hanover Township - south
- Reily Township - southwest corner
- Oxford Township - west
- Israel Township, Preble County - northwest corner
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.
The township is served by the Somerville and Collinsville post offices and is in the Talawanda City School District. Major highways include State Routes 73 (the road between Oxford and Middletown), 177, and 744, and U.S. Route 127 (the road between Hamilton and Eaton). U.S. 127 was dedicated at the 2005 Milford Township Bicentennial as the Gov. Andrew L. Harris Bicentennial Roadway by an invited speaker, James Brodbelt Harris, the governor's relative and the president of the family reunion association, whose family owns an Ohio Century Farm in the township.
Milford Twp. operates a fire department, housed in 2 stations. A new fire headquarters was built to replace the former Collinsville Fire Department that was taken over when the Village ceased to exist. Somerville also operates a small fire department within the township.
All EMS services are provided by Oxford Fire Department in the North West and Seven Mile Fire Department in the South East.
Law Enforcement is provided to the township and Somerville by the Butler County Sheriff's office.
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- §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Retrieved 4/30/2009.
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