Bethlehem Township is one of the seventeen townships of Stark County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 5,650 people in the township, 4,210 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.
township meeting house and garage
Location of Bethlehem Township in Stark County
|• Total||33.4 sq mi (86.6 km2)|
|• Land||33.3 sq mi (86.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||1,020 ft (311 m)|
|• Density||169.4/sq mi (65.4/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1086973|
Located in the southwestern part of the county, it borders the following townships:
Most of the village of Navarre is located in northwestern Bethlehem Township. A very small portion of the city of Massillon also lies within the northwest portion of the township. The township also contains the unincorporated community of Smoketown within its east central portion.
Bethlehem Township was described in 1833 as having two stores and two saw mills.
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.