Watertown Township, Washington County, Ohio

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Watertown Township, Washington County, Ohio
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Location of Watertown Township in Washington County
Coordinates: 39°28′10″N81°36′28″W / 39.46944°N 81.60778°W / 39.46944; -81.60778 Coordinates: 39°28′10″N81°36′28″W / 39.46944°N 81.60778°W / 39.46944; -81.60778
Country United States
State Ohio
County Washington
Area
  Total 36.5 sq mi (94.5 km2)
  Land 36.5 sq mi (94.5 km2)
  Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation [1] 764 ft (233 m)
Population (2000)
  Total 1,563
  Density 42.9/sq mi (16.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 45787
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-81844 [2]
GNIS feature ID 1087146 [1]

Watertown Township is one of the twenty-two townships of Washington County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 1,563 people in the township. [3]

A civil township is a widely used unit of local government in the United States that is subordinate to a county. The term town is used in New England, New York, and Wisconsin to refer to the equivalent of the civil township in these states. Specific responsibilities and the degree of autonomy vary based on each state. Civil townships are distinct from survey townships, but in states that have both, the boundaries often coincide and may completely geographically subdivide a county. The U.S. Census Bureau classifies civil townships as minor civil divisions. Currently, there are 20 states with civil townships.

Washington County, Ohio County in the United States

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 61,778. Its county seat is Marietta. The county, the oldest in the state, is named for George Washington.

Ohio State of the United States of America

Ohio is a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Of the fifty states, it is the 34th largest by area, the seventh most populous, and the tenth most densely populated. The state's capital and largest city is Columbus.

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Geography

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

Waterford Township, Washington County, Ohio Township in Ohio, United States

Waterford Township is one of the twenty-two townships of Washington County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 3,708 people in the township, 2,426 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.

Adams Township, Washington County, Ohio Township in Ohio, United States

Adams Township is one of the twenty-two townships of Washington County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 1,830 people in the township, 1,202 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.

Muskingum Township, Washington County, Ohio Township in Ohio, United States

Muskingum Township is one of the twenty-two townships of Washington County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 4,627 people in the township.

No municipalities are located in Watertown Township, although the unincorporated community of Watertown lies in the township's center.

Unincorporated area Region of land not governed by own local government

In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by a local municipal corporation; similarly an unincorporated community is a settlement that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but rather is administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country. Occasionally, municipalities dissolve or disincorporate, which may happen if they become fiscally insolvent, and services become the responsibility of a higher administration. Widespread unincorporated communities and areas are a distinguishing feature of the United States and Canada. In most other countries of the world, there are either no unincorporated areas at all, or these are very rare; typically remote, outlying, sparsely populated or uninhabited areas.

Watertown, Ohio

Watertown is an unincorporated community in southwestern Watertown Township, Washington County, Ohio, United States. Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 45787. It lies near the intersection of State Routes 339 and 676 near Wolf Creek, which meets the Muskingum River at Waterford to the north.

Name and history

It is the only Watertown Township statewide. [4] Established June 4, 1806. Largest township in Washington County. This township was first known as Wooster Township. In a later meeting of the county commissioners set off of Waterford and attached to Wooster that part of the town of Waterford lying in Township 3, Ranges 10 & 11 and so much of Township 8, Range 11 as it lies south of the West Branch of Wolf Creek. In 1813, Sections 31-36 of Union Township were set off and annexed to Wooster. The name was changed from Wooster to Waterford on December 6, 1824. This was done to avoid confusion with Wooster Township in Wayne County, Ohio. Watertown was named in honor of Sherman Waterman who was killed by the Indians in 1795. In 1877 Watertown received part of Union Township when it was dissolved. It included the whole of Township 3, Range 9, Sections 31-36. This tract was originally part of Marietta & Adams Townships. Watertown as it existed before 1813 had originally been a part of Waterford. [5]

Government

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, [6] 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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References

  1. 1 2 "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. Washington County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  4. "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-16.
  5. "HISTORICAL & GENEALOGY "NOTES" OF ALL WASHINGTON COUNTY, OHIO TOWNSHIPS 1788-1880". Researched & Compiled by Debbie Noland Nitsche, December 2003. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  6. §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.