Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees
November 9, 2010
The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Gary Mortus at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.
In attendance were Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, and Jack DeVore.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.
The minutes were read from the October 26 meeting of the Board of Township Trustees. Matt Montowski made a motion to approve the October 26 meeting minutes as presented, seconded by William Rofkar. All voted aye.
Matt Montowski made a motion to approve and pay the bills in the amount of $63,035.32 seconded by William Rofkar. All voted aye.
A letter addressed to Patricia Cerny requesting reimbursement for an overpayment of salary for the month of October was signed by Chairman Gary Mortus.
There was no correspondence.
Fire and Safety
Fire Chief John Gangway said the rear main seal was replaced on engine 222 and it is back in service. He said there are a couple issues with the truck as well as with older engine 24. John Gangway said the oil pans and transmission pans are rusty and are in need of repair. The Trustees agreed estimates should be obtained for the necessary repairs.
John Gangway said many of the 20 dry hydrants installed several years ago are in disrepair. He said they are tested each year and only five of the remaining 15 are still functional. John Gangway said he would send a letter to the property owners and request they have the hydrants repaired.
John Gangway stated they are winterizing the fire boat which is now out of the water.
Gary Mortus said as discussed at the last meeting he had a conversation with Barnes concerning the trees the township would receive at no charge in exchange for mulch. Gary Mortus said Barnes is charging the township $1,500, reduced from $2,000, for the trees to be delivered, planted, mulched, and staked. The ten trees are nice red maple, oak, and sycamore ranging in wholesale price from $195 to $260 each. Dan Barlow said they would flag tree locations for approval prior to planting. Gary Mortus said Dan Barlow would tag the trees he wants for the township. Dan Barlow said the trees will be approximately 15 feet in height.
Dan Barlow stated he is having a problem with people dumping dirt at the township compost site. The Trustees agreed, as stated on the posted sign, violators will be warned the first time and banned from the compost area if caught dumping dirt a second time.
Dan Barlow said a resident was considering transferring her interred loved one to a different location in the cemetery for personal reasons. He said she was requesting to purchase two additional grave sites at the same price she paid for the original two sites as the prices have increased. The Trustees agreed the prices are set and if a transfer is made the two old spaces would need to be first sold back to the township for the price originally paid and four new spaces would need to be purchased at the new price. In addition, the Trustees agreed there would be a charge of $135 for the disinterment of a cremation.
Dan Barlow asked the Trustees if the Administrative lobby could be used as a drop-off point for the volunteer fire department food drive for the food pantry prior to Thanksgiving. Dan said both he and John Gangway would police the drop-off area so it does not pile up. The Trustees agreed the Administrative lobby could be a drop-off site.
Dan Barlow said he received two quotes for replacing the existing draperies at the Community Hall. He said the new drapes will have a fire retardant backing which they presently do not have. Dan Barlow presented a quote from Josephine’s By Design and a quote from Young’s Floor Coverings and Draperies. William Rofkar made a motion to purchase 11 pair of draperies for the Community Hall for $3,904 from Young’s Floor Coverings and Draperies, seconded by Matt Montowski. All voted aye.
Matt Montowski made a motion for the township to pay the expenses for the elected officials to attend the 2011 Ohio Township Association Winter Conference in February 2011. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye.
Matt Montowski spoke in favor of allowing golf carts on Catawba Island as long as they were properly enforced, inspected, and had lower speed limits. William Rofkar and Gary Mortus expressed opposition due to safety concerns.
The Trustees asked Dan Barlow to get an estimate from MasterMind Systems, Inc on the cost to conduct a sign inventory inspection of our township’s road signs to ensure we are in line to meet national standards by 2012.
Matt Montowski said there is a grant proposal to fund improvements to John Braun Park on Catawba Island. John Braun Park is vying for a chance to be awarded one of two $250,000 grants and they are asking all residents to visit www.refreshingeverything.com and vote. Voting ends November 30th.
Matt Montowski said zoning is running smoothly and updated the Trustees on Marine Max.
Matt Montowski thanked Dan Barlow and his maintenance staff for their continued efforts in helping to reorganize the zoning office. Matt Montowski also expressed his appreciation for the support of Police Chief Bob Rogers in updating the Zoning Office with room dividers no longer needed in the police station.
Matt Montowski said he would like to order a new computer and printer for the front office. William Rofkar asked Karen Shaw to look into when the state will be issuing a new system for the Fiscal Officer which would free up a computer and printer.
Matt Montowski said Dan Barlow has ceiling tiles on order to replace water damaged tiles in the zoning office.
Matt Montowski made a motion to donate two additional old cell phones to the Verizon store in town. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye.
Matt Montowski said he would like to order floor mats for under the chairs in the zoning office to help protect the carpet.
Gary Mortus thanked John Gangway for his extra work on the quote from Cros.net and the revised bill for the new computer installations.
Gary Mortus said Dave Robinstine and Karen Shaw have been working to keep operations running smoothly. He said a visiting clerk from the state would also be coming this week to work with Karen. Gary Mortus said Dave Robinstine will continue working one day a week or as needed through the first of the year.
William Rofkar made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Matt Montowski. All voted aye.