Minutes: February 10th, 2009


The regular meeting of the Catawba Island Township Trustees was called to order in the conference room by chairman William Rofkar at 7:30 p.m. on February 10, 2009 beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance.

In attendance: William Rofkar, Robert Schroeder, Gary Mortus, Pat Cerny
Jack DeVore, Bryan Baugh, Matt Montowski, Mike Prosser
Bill McDowell, Chic Elum, Brian Snyder, Scott Leach, Roger
Smith, Wayne Frederick, Mike Dudley, and Jim Radloff.

Robert Schroeder made a motion to approve the minutes of the last meeting as presented seconded by Gary Mortus. Robert Schroeder, aye; Gary Mortus, aye; William Rofkar, aye. Gary Mortus made a motion to accept and pay the bills in the amount of $36,838.01 seconded by Robert Schroeder. Motion carried unanimously.

Correspondence included a thank you from Jim and Bonnie Sutherland, Church of God, for taking care of the water lines and all we did for them at the Chapel. David Brunkhorst regarding road tours, road salt; Northern tool has increased our credit line to $11,000.00; CDARS, smart investing; 2008 Ottawa County Muni Court Report; Time Warner certificate of insurance.

Matt Montowski stated Port Clinton has enacted an exterior maintenance code and presented the Trustees pictures of homes on Catawba and stated Townships, by resolution, can adopt exterior maintenance codes. Matt asked the Trustees for their support on this matter. William Rofkar stated it is something we can look into and Robert Schroeder will look into it.

Mike Prosser stated he is here representing Catawba Bay asking for a minor deviation in regard to starting a duplex unit in the existing area of the PUD instead of a three unit building. Now there is 21 approved units, this plan would show 18 units and they would like to build duplexes and reduce the density by three units. He also presented the style of the units. His request is only for one two unit building as a minor modification due to a marketing change. This is part of the original phase and will include the Walls property. This will also sit in the same footprint. Gary Mortus made a motion for a minor modification of the PUD from one tri-plex unit to a duplex unit which reduces the density by three units seconded by William Rofkar. All voted aye.

Roger Smith represented Marshes Edge in regard to gypsy moths and stated there was a work session February 10th with David Adkins regarding the gypsy moth program. He also stated the window of opportunity was missed for spraying for this year due to being out of sync with the state program and the testing method. If there are 250 egg sacks per acre, it is time to spray. The official application is made in March and then a funding mechanism is needed. Gary Mortus questioned the maintenance program with the state and Roger Smith explained. The cost is $29.00 per acre for two sprays and it is at 50% funding. It would be at least $50,000.00 at 50%. Through the state program, the property owners do not have to sign off but a notice is published. The chemical would be detrimental to caterpillars only in a certain stage. John Smothers and other volunteers will be trained on finding and counting egg masses. Gary Mortus stated the next time we could be in line for spraying would be in 2010 and we would be in line for funding. You must have a minimum of 50 acres to qualify for the state program. William Rofkar stated we must budget for this and is this program necessary for us to do. William Rofkar stated there also is the fungus that forms in the spring and
with the right conditions, it kills the moths naturally. Gary Mortus stated the committee can continue forward with their investigations and documentations and justification and the dollars are here. David Adkins will be training on February 11 on how to count and find. Matt Montowski stated last year their were 30 applications by cities and townships submitted to the state and only 15 got sprayed due to the mold coming in. The state re-evaluates right before the spraying.

Gary Mortus made a motion to purchase a 2009 Crown Vic Cruiser from Statewide Ford through the cooperative purchasing program for an amount not to exceed $28,500.00 seconded by Robert Schroeder. Gary Mortus, aye; Robert Schroeder, aye; William Rofkar, aye. They are only showing a $400.00 trade and the township would do a sealed bid. Gary Mortus stated both of the generators come on automatically but they do not change over automatically to the panel to start the furnaces and the Community Hall is used for a shelter in an emergency. A quote from A.T Emmett was received in the amount of $2,926.00 to automate both generators with transfer switches. William Rofkar stated the police or maintenance department could throw the switch.

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the permanent appropriations for 2009 in the amount of $3,001,516.00 seconded by Robert Schroeder. Gary Mortus, aye; Robert Schroeder, aye; William Rofkar, aye.

Pat Cerny asked about canceling our contract with Interstate Gas. The Trustees approved. Pat Cerny asked for the Trustees to consider Jordan Davenport as an alternate member to the Zoning Commission. Robert Schroeder made a motion to appoint Jordan Davenport as an alternate to the Zoning Commission for a one year term seconded by Gary Mortus. All voted aye. Pat Cerny read correspondence from John R. Moore III in reply to the letter written to Cove West Properties in regard to a zoning violation involving the storing of construction equipment that does not belong to Cove West on their property at 2542 Northeast Catawba Road. This would involve a violation of a variance granted in the year 2000. Gary Mortus made a motion to send the violation to the County Prosecutor seconded by Robert Schroeder. All voted aye.
Robert Schroeder stated when the variance was granted, Rob Moore swore up and down this building will only be used for personal use by Rob Moore and his immediate family. Pat Cerny also read a letter from William Schram, Street Sotheby Realty, requesting signage approval to attach an advertising sign to the current Mon Ami entrance sign. Robert Schroeder stated this is not a zoning issue. This is Catawba Island Township property. Gary Mortus stated Mr. Kronberg will be sent correspondence stating the current sign is on township property and no one has the right to apply for changes to this sign and it is there because the township allowed them to put the sign there years ago. He does not have rights to the sign. A letter will be sent to Street Sothebys stating this is township property and the township is the property owner and we are the only ones that have the right to make application.

Pat Cerny stated in addition to the last business meetings cemetery changes, we need a cost for disinterment cremation. William Rofkar made a motion to charge $135.00 and only on weekdays seconded by Gary Mortus. All voted aye.

William Rofkar asked if there are any roads to be paved this year. Brian Snyder asked about Muggy Road. Gary Mortus stated it would be a waste to pave Muggy Road as the cause of the road condition is drainage and the base. William Rofkar stated if the road gets paved, nothing will be done in regard to widening and repairs and re-engineering the road for a long time.

Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn seconded by Robert Schroeder. All voted aye.