Canaan Township, Madison County Profile

Canaan Township, Madison County

Canaan Township is one of 14 townships located in northeast Madison County in central Ohio. Our land area is all rural comprised of 35 square miles with a population of 2,500 residents. Big Darby Creek, a national scenic river stretching a total of 84 miles, a portion of which flows through township borders.

Canaan Township Trustees are Mr. Mark Ishmael, Chairman; Mr. Don Whitmer, Vice-Chairman; and Mr. Monroe Harbage, Trustee, each have served multiple terms in office. Mrs. Kimberlie Schrock is in her third term as Canaan Township’s Fiscal Officer. “My dad was a trustee in a neighboring township, Darby Township, for 32 years. I am honored to follow in his footsteps serving the community in which we live,” reflects Mrs. Schrock. “I enjoy being involved in the community in which I have lived all of my life and serving the people of Canaan Township.” 

“There are many aspects of our community that I am proud of,” replied Mrs. Schrock. “As a Fiscal Officer, I am especially pleased that our finances operate in the black. Our township road and maintenance team provide well-manicured ditches and guardrails all summer long. During the winter months, they swiftly and continuously plow snow-covered roads. Additionally, our Big Darby Cemetery is maintained and groomed year-round.”

Mrs. Schrock continued, “I am proud of our Jonathan Alder School District; and our Christian faith-based community and Amish/Mennonite heritage. Three miles from our township building is home to the famous Der Dutchman Restaurant, a gathering place for meals, baked goods and special occasions. The Canaan Township building also provides township residents with a great place to host graduation, birthday or anniversary celebrations, family reunions, and 4-H and Girl Scout meetings.”

“We value the rich farmland and our agricultural heritage,” commented Mrs. Schrock. “The Township Trustees and I certainly value the strong working relationships with Madison County Officials, including the Madison County Prosecuting Attorney, the Madison County Auditor's Office, the Madison County Commissioners, and the Madison County Engineer’s office. We enjoy providing timely service, helping our neighbors, and maintaining community equity.”

“Most of all, our township is a model of dedication and cooperation between the Township Trustees and employees, striving to make our township a better place to live on a daily basis,” summarized Mrs. Schrock.

Canaan Township Trustees and Fiscal Officer are honored to serve and we look forward to many more years working together on behalf of Canaan Township residents.