Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees
March 13, 2012
The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman William Rofkar on Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.
In attendance were Matt Montowski, Gary Mortus, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, Mireille Krempa, Roger Krempa, Randy Riedmaier, Jeff Hickman and Kent Davis.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.
The minutes were read from the February 28 regular meeting of the Board of Township Trustees. Matt Montowski made a motion to approve the February 28 meeting minutes as presented. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Gary Mortus made a motion to approve and pay the bills, including the last payroll, in the amount of $41,514.17. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
The following correspondence was received by the township and read:
A letter from Amy Drummer of the OSS Joint Solid Waste Management District regarding their work with the Ottawa County Juvenile Court to improve and expand litter pickup on township and county roadways throughout the District in 2012.
A letter from UAN Support regarding the Auditor of State’s donation of the old UAN printer to the township following installation of the new printer.
A letter from the Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control notifying the township that all permits to sell alcoholic beverages in our political subdivision will expire June 1, 2012. Also noted was every permit holder must file a renewal application in order to maintain permit privileges and that the Ohio Revised Code provides the legislative authority with the right to object to the renewal of a permit and to request a hearing.
A letter from John Coppeler tendering his resignation from the Catawba Island Park Board.
A letter from Sandra Burt of the Hylant Group regarding our Insurance Program Renewal for the term June 15, 2012 through June 2, 2013.
A letter from Kathy Jo Schweitzer regarding Records’ Retention and Disposition and thanking the Trustees for allowing her to speak at the January 24 regular meeting of the Board of Township Trustees.
A letter from Robert Hamons requesting use of the township marina as a staging area for a Zenobia Shriners Walleye Tournament on May 19, 2012.
A letter from Roger Krempa requesting extended use of the Community Hall which is currently open to walkers Monday through Friday 8:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fire and Safety
Fire Chief John Gangway said six volunteer firefighters recently attended the Bowling Green State University Fire School.
John Gangway said they had to replace two batteries on Truck 230. He said they were purchased from Lakeland Auto for a total of $214.
John Gangway said they would like to purchase three new pages from Bender Communications at a cost of $397 each for a total of $1,191. He said their price is $140 less than the State Bid price.
The Trustees agreed the fire department could purchase three new pages.
Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow said he and Dave Behrens attended an EPA meeting in Bowling Green in regards to our compost facility. He said there are some new rule changes, new log sheets that need to be filled out, and new deadlines for when information needs to be submitted. He said they will also need to review a few drainage and signage issues.
Dan Barlow said on March 27, LTAP, a Division of the Ohio Department of Transportation, will be holding a vegetation management course in Columbus. He said Ted Day would like to attend as part of his continuing education requirement for his certification. Dan Barlow said there is no charge for the course and asked if Ted Day could be reimbursed for his mileage.
The Trustees agreed Ted Day could be reimbursed for mileage.
Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw presented the February financial reports and bank reconciliation and there were no questions or concerns.
Matt Montowski said there was one zoning permit issued and three variances issued in February for a total of $776.28 collected in fees.
Chief Deputy Jeff Hickman and Sergeant Kent Davis were present to solicit funds for the Ottawa County Sheriff Marine Patrol and presented their 2011 Year-End Activity Report.
Jeff Hickman said they had a good year which included pulling 12 people out of the water.
Gary Mortus asked how many other entities support the Marine Patrol. Jeff Hickman said Danbury Township and Catawba Island Township. He said they also received a grant from the State of Ohio for around $31,000 last year.
William Rofkar asked how many hours were spent in Catawba Island Township. Jeff Hickman said 44% of their total time was spent in Catawba Island Township.
William Rofkar asked Jeff Hickman if it would be a problem if funds were delayed by one month. Jeff Hickman said he did not think it would be a problem but he would like to get the boat in the water as soon as possible with the warmer weather.
William Rofkar said he struggles with funding another law enforcement body of government when we are not replacing our own part time police officers.
Gary Mortus said he feels they support our department and our township and to hold up funding because of our staffing is not the right thing to do.
Gary Mortus made a motion to support the Ottawa County Sheriff Marine Patrol in the amount of $6,000. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. Vote on the motion: Gary Mortus, aye; Matt Montowski, aye; William Rofkar, opposed. Motion carried.
Roger Krempa requested the Trustees extend use of the Community Hall in the evenings which is currently open to walkers Monday through Friday 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Trustees agreed Roger and Mireille Krempa could use the Community Hall when it is available however arrangements will need to be made in advance as numerous groups are frequently scheduled in the evening hours and on weekends.
Gary Mortus said Goodwill Industries in Portage Township would like to set up a truck during our Spring Cleanup where they can collect computers, printers, and possibly other reusable items. He said their collection might also save on our tonnage costs.
The Trustees agreed Goodwill Industries can set up a collection truck at the Spring Cleanup scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, through Sunday, April 29.
Matt Montowski asked Dan Barlow about the small trees growing along the causeway.
Dan Barlow said he spoke with ODOT and they plan to cut down the trees.
A brief discussion took place regarding the possibility of the Joint Solid Waste Management District setting up a trash compactor near the maintenance building to help reduce recycling. It was noted consideration for electrical support should be made prior to resurfacing the area around the building as a trench may be necessary to upgrade the power supply. Dan Barlow said he will follow up with Tim Wasserman of the Joint Solid Waste Management District and look into the necessary requirements.
Matt Montowski made a motion to accept John Coppeler’s resignation from the Catawba Island Park Board. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Gary Mortus made a motion to allow the Park Board to spend up to $5,000 this year as needed in the nature preserve and on other projects deemed necessary by the Park Board as discussed at a work session with the Park Board Monday evening. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
The Trustees agreed the Zenobia Shriners could use the township marina as requested for a walleye tournament on May 19, 2012.
A brief discussion took place regarding The Sanctuary at Catawba Island Club and the request for a Minor Deviation of the 2003 Catawba Island Club Golf Course P.U.D.
The Trustees agreed to table the request from The Sanctuary at Catawba Island Club until applicant can be present to explain.
William Rofkar said he would like to discuss replacing the part-time police officer position.
Gary Mortus said he would like to further discuss if an additional part-time officer is needed at this time.
William Rofkar said he would like to see more police officers on the road and it was his understanding that Police Chief Bob Rogers would like to hire a part time officer to replace the part time position created when Jeff Hickman resigned last fall.
Gary Mortus said the Trustees should sit down with Bob Rogers in a work session. Gary Mortus said he feels we have enough officers on the road now.
William Rofkar said he disagrees and feels it is important to have more cars on the road and more visibility.
The discussion was tabled until a future meeting.
Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Matt Montowski seconded the motion.
All voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
William Rofkar, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer