melting pot, township?

melting pot, township?

Joined: January 31st, 2018, 3:13 pm

January 31st, 2018, 3:30 pm #1

A friend says a township might not count. I read on page 5, rule #11, don't over think this. sooo.. I thought to myself, "Nooo Problem". Would Cuba Township work???
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Joined: February 16th, 2018, 7:07 am

February 22nd, 2018, 8:08 pm #2

Here in Ohio, the term "Township", designates a separate political sub-division. Township, Village, City, all reside within a County, but are seperate when it comes to resident services.
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JonJ
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February 23rd, 2018, 1:42 am #3

kljahnz wrote: A friend says a township might not count. I read on page 5, rule #11, don't over think this.  sooo.. I thought to myself, "Nooo Problem".  Would Cuba Township work???
All,
     We have had several debates on whether or not we should include townships in this year's GT.  We have traditionally accepted townships without question but some riders have called out the fact that in certain areas, in the USA and Canada, a township is more like a county than a town.  That is, some townships represent a broad area that has other towns, villages and hamlets within its borders.  In Canada we are aware that there are some municipal districts  that one could think of as a county but also as a broad area similar to a township.  This all gets complicated quickly if we try to parse out what counts and what doesn't when we have multiple definitions and equivalents of a township.  Therefore, we will avoid the subtleties of townships as political areas vs. land plots vs. municipalities vs. municipal districts. 
 
     To keep it simple, if you document a sign or a post office that includes the word township we will accept it.  For example, Cuba Township is acceptable no matter how it may be defined politically or administratively.  Conversely, we would not accept Cuba County.  Make sense?  If it says township in the name it still counts because we generically think of a township as fitting our broad definition of a town or census designated area.  This one is a little wonky and we realize some folks will chafe at the lack of purity in definition, but our goal is to allow maximum flexibility in claiming towns. 
 
     Finally, as we approach the start of the GT we will update the Q&A in the official rules to incorporate this information as well as a few additional Q&A scenarios you have presented us. We will be sure to notify you when the updated Q&A is available but in any case be sure to look at the updated Q&A prior March 1.  When it comes to Q&A, you are an enormously creative group of riders.             
    
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