Wheeling Township, Belmont County, Ohio
|Wheeling Township, Belmont County, Ohio|
Former Wheeling Township School in Fairpoint, now a grocery store
Location of Wheeling Township in Belmont County
|• Total||27.5 sq mi (71.2 km2)|
|• Land||26.9 sq mi (69.7 km2)|
|• Water||0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)|
|Elevation||1,217 ft (371 m)|
|• Density||63/sq mi (24.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1085790|
Located in the northern part of the county, it borders the following townships:
- Short Creek Township, Harrison County - north
- Mount Pleasant Township, Jefferson County - northeast corner
- Colerain Township - east
- Richland Township - southeast
- Union Township - southwest
- Flushing Township - west
- Athens Township, Harrison County - northwest
Name and history
Wheeling Township was organized in 1808. Wheeling Township took its name from its largest waterway, Wheeling Creek. From its source west of Lafferty and south of Flushing, Wheeling Creek winds along the southern regions of Wheeling Township, through and near communities such as Oco, Bannock, Crabapple, Flushing, and Blainesville. Wheeling Creek has several tributary creeks that flow through the township, including Crabapple Creek, which begins just west of the township's boundary, Campbell Run, a tributary of Crabapple Creek, McCracken Run, meeting Wheeling Creek in Fairpoint, Love's Run, whose confluence is just east of Fairpoint, and Cox Run, which flows into the creek in Blainesville.
Statewide, the only other Wheeling Township is located in Guernsey 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.
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