Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees
April 12, 2011
The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Matt Montowski on Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.
In attendance were Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, John Gangway, Dan Barlow, Bob Rogers, Lawrene Montowski, Randy Riedmaier, Joe Bires, Reggie Langford, and Jack DeVore.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all followed by a moment of silence for our troops.
The minutes were read from the March 22 meeting of the Board of Township Trustees. William Rofkar made a motion to approve the March 22 meeting minutes as received.
Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
William Rofkar made a motion to approve and pay the bills, including the last two payrolls, in the amount of $119,122.75. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
The following correspondence was received by the township and read:
An invitation to the Trustees from the Catawba Island Township Police Department for the 2011 Police Memorial Day Ceremony at the Catawba Island Club on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11 a.m. Reservations are requested by May 1, 2011.
A resolution from the American Legion Post #113 of Port Clinton requesting a donation for decorating graves, conducting Memorial Services, and properly observing Memorial Day within the township.
A letter from A.T. Emmett, LLC offering generator service by a factory trained service technician during the fall season.
A letter from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources inviting public officials to review draft documents of the Lake Erie Erosion Management Plan at a meeting Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge visitor center.
A letter from WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. regarding the Ash Tree Removal Program administered by them on behalf of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry. The program, designed to assist residential homeowners with the removal of Ash Trees, has been extended and expanded. The application packet was enclosed. Applications will be accepted until June 3, 2011.
A letter from Catawba Island resident Matt Doyle requesting the rule “No Firearms” be removed from the posting of rules at the entrance to the Cedar Meadows Preserve. In the letter he states owning firearms is a legal right in Ohio and is protected under the Ohio Revised Code 9.68 and The Ohio Constitution, Article 1, Section 4. Matt Doyle also said in the letter The Ohio Supreme Court has determined that preemption of the state laws by municipal ordinances or township rules is illegal.
Matt Montowski stated in reference to the letter from Matt Doyle the rule “No Firearms” has been removed from the posting of rules for the Cedar Meadows Preserve.
Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw presented the March financial reports and bank reconciliation.
Police Chief Bob Rogers said the Police Department would like to replace one of their police cars. He presented a price package from Statewide Ford including the price of a new vehicle plus the cost to have equipment transferred over to the new car. Bob Rogers asked for the Trustees approval.
William Rofkar made a motion to purchase a 2011 Crown Victoria police car, not to exceed $24,000, through Statewide Ford. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Fire and Safety
Fire Chief John Gangway said he received an estimate of $552.31 from Blevins Heating and Plumbing for materials to install a backflow preventer at the Fire Department. He said Blevins Heating would not charge for the installation.
John Gangway said he also looked into the cost of downsizing the water meter at the Fire Station from a one and a half inch meter to a one inch meter as discussed in a previous meeting. He said in order to install the smaller meter the pit would have to be excavated and the mountings changed resulting in a cost of approximately $800 to $1,000. John Gangway asked the Trustees how they would like to proceed with the projects.
The Trustees suggested waiting until a determination is made as to whether the Maintenance building also needs a backflow preventer and then work can be completed at the same time.
John Gangway said he received pricing on new cabinets and flooring for remodeling the Fire Department. He said to replace the kitchen cabinets and radio room cabinets it will cost approximately $11,800 and commercial flooring installed will cost approximately $10,000. John Gangway said the Fireman’s Association will pay for new chairs, light fixtures, and a microwave. William Rofkar asked John Gangway to get a couple more local bids due to the costs involved.
Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow said Barnes Nursery Inc. turned in a bid of $8,400 for the compost grinding and David Price Metal Services quoted $9,107 for the same.
William Rofkar made a motion to award the grinding contract to Barnes Nursery for $8,400. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Dan Barlow said they took delivery of the new backhoe and it is in service.
Dan Barlow said they are ready to start the sign replacement program on Wine Cellar Road and Hickory Ridge subdivision. He said the cost for sign replacement in those areas will be $1,305.45 for signs from Judco. The Trustees agreed the Maintenance Department should go ahead and start replacing the signs.
Dan Barlow said he spoke with Steve Durnwald from the Ohio Department of Transportation and Steve Durnwald said they are going to be doing some crossover work on State Route 53. He said the dates are uncertain at this time as they are waiting on materials. Dan Barlow said State Route 53 will have to be closed approximately two days, both directions, from Schoolhouse Road to the Ferry Dock. He said ODOT would take care of rerouting traffic. The crossover work is in anticipation ODOT is going to repave Route 53 this fall.
Dan Barlow said it is time to exchange one of the maintenance mowers under the lease program with Bill’s Implement. He also said Bill Fritz is back to work and working on the cemetery.
Dan Barlow said he spoke with Marine Max and they said the repaving project will be completed within the week and all of their equipment will be back on their own property.
Dan Barlow said the Ohio State Patrol was here to inspect all the township vehicles and they all passed. He said the officer brought it to his attention that the bulk license plates they currently have and transfer from vehicle to vehicle are no longer allowed. Dan Barlow said each individual vehicle has to have its own license plate. He said there is no cost for the plates as the State provides them free of charge. The plates have been sent for and should arrive within the week.
Dan Barlow said he is in the process of getting quotes for leveling the sidewalks outside the conference room and will have prices at the next meeting.
Matt Montowski asked Dan Barlow if he had any thoughts on the letter from A.T. Emmett offering generator service. Dan Barlow said they take care of most of the generator maintenance and did not feel a generator service contract would be necessary.
Matt Montowski said the new Zoning filing cabinets will be delivered within the week.
Matt Montowski asked Karen Shaw to read a letter submitted by Steven May of Catawba Island Club regarding a Minor Deviation to the 2003 Catawba Island Club Golf Course PUD. The deviation relates specifically to building No. 7 in the PUD phase known as “West side of NW Catawba (Harbor’s Edge)”. Buildings 4 through 14 were modified and approved as three-unit buildings on December 27, 2005. All the buildings have been built and sold with the exception of building No. 7. Catawba Island Club would like to make building No. 7 a two-unit building instead of a three-unit building as presently approved.
William Rofkar made a motion to accept the Minor Deviation for the PUD request for building No. 7 from a three-unit building to a two-unit building as requested. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Matt Montowski announced the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a “Medication Take Back Day” on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local drop off locations are the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office at 315 Madison Street, Port Clinton and Lakeside Fire Station #2 at 150 S. Bridge Road, Danbury Township.
Randy Riedmaier from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office talked about the Marine Patrol Program and presented the 2010 Marine Patrol Year End Report. He also requested a donation of $6,000 from the township for support of the program in 2011.
William Rofkar made a motion to approve $6,000 for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol for 2011. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
William Rofkar made a motion to contribute $200 to the American Legion Post #113 of
Port Clinton for Memorial Day services within the township pursuant to Section 307.66 (2503) of the Ohio Revised Code. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
William Rofkar made a motion to accept and approve the March financial statements and bank reconciliation as presented by the Fiscal Officer. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Karen Shaw said volunteer fireman Steve Busby is requesting rent free use of the Community Hall for Friday, April 22, for his nephew’s birthday party. The Trustees denied use of the hall rent free because his nephew is not considered immediate family.
William Rofkar made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Meeting adjourned.
Matt Montowski, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer