156-year-old church honored at Miami Twp. trustee meeting

Members of the Ebenezer Baptist Church stand with officials with Miami Township at the Miami Township Board of Trustees’ May meeting. The church was honored with a proclamation by the trustees, recognizing their 156 year anniversary in the community.

By Brett Milam

A Miami Township church, which was celebrating 156 years in the community, was honored at the May Board of Trustees meeting.

Ebenezer Baptist Church began meeting in 1861 in a log cabin on a creek near Porter’s Run, which is now Happy Hollow Road. It was the first black church in the vicinity of Milford, Ohio.

To put that into context, Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States and the Civil War would start in that first year of the church.

“This is one of those rare times where you get to acknowledge folks in our community who have been around for a long time; how long you ask? 156 years. That is very impressive,” Mary Wolff, chairperson, said.

Wolff, reading the proclamation celebrating the anniversary, said the Church started with a “potbelly stove, oil lamps and an old upright piano.”

Brian Elliff, planning and zoning administrator, said talked about how its the season where grass begins to grow and what are acceptable grass standards in the community.

“I will say though, honestly, the vast, vast, vast majority of our residents and businesses take a great pride in their homes and they look very nice,” he said.

Under the township’s property maintenance code, Elliff said 12 inches is considered too high for grass.

“When it reaches that point, it’s pretty apparent,” he said.

Jeff Wright, township administrator, noted a record number of adults and children, 30, participated in the spring litter clean up.

The volunteers collected 30 bags of trash and eight recycling bags of refuse, including one discarded television set and a tire.

Wright also mentioned a new police vehicle at a cost of $34,839, to replace another police vehicle that was involved in a single-vehicle crash resulting in damages that resulted in damages “past the possibility of repairs due to the frame damage,” he said.

That vehicle was a 2015 vehicle at 85,000 miles. The new vehicle would be a 2018 Ford Explorer; the price includes all the specific police equipment and paint required.

Wright said half the monies has already come back to the township through their insurance company, so the cost would actually be 50 percent of that $34,839 figure.

The motion for the new vehicle passed unanimously.