Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees
April 10, 2012
The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman William Rofkar on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.
In attendance were Matt Montowski, Gary Mortus, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, Judy Peters, Jeff Wingate, Bryan Baugh, Zach Baugh, Reggie Langford, Randy Riedmaier, and Jack DeVore.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.
The minutes were read from the March 27 regular meeting of the Board of Township Trustees. Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the March 27 meeting minutes as presented.
Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Matt Montowski made a motion to approve and pay the bills, including the last payroll, in the amount of $46,545.40. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
The following correspondence was received by the township and read:
A letter from Zachary Baugh, member of Boy Scout Troop 360 of Port Clinton, proposing construction of a small pavilion along the pond near the township administration building
to house a couple picnic tables. He would like to dedicate the project to his grandfather, Robert Johnston, who was a long time Catawba resident.
A letter from Zoning Inspector Walter Wehenkel requesting guidance regarding “Advertising Blades” previously referred to as flags and banners.
A letter from Catawba resident Jeff Wingate requesting help in controlling the speed on East Sand Road.
Fire and Safety
Fire Chief John Gangway said he would like permission to send Lou Wargo to Indiana for an FDIC Conference. He said the cost would be $625 for five classes plus mileage. John Gangway said Lou Wargo would also like to attend BGSU Fire School in May for continuing emergency vehicle technician training.
Bill Rofkar made a motion to purchase new turnout gear for $58,575 from Fire-Safety Services as specified which is below state contract pricing. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow said he received three quotes for grinding the yard waste at our compost facility: David Price $9,285, Barnes Nursery $12,500, and Madden Brothers $12,300. Dan Barlow said Barnes Nursery offered an option to remove the processed brush from site for a credit of $4,100. The total for Barnes Nursery to process and keep the raw material is $8,400.
Dan Barlow said in order to be fair he would like to offer David Price and Madden Brothers the same option as Barnes Nursery presented. He said 25% of all the material we produce each year must be removed from the facility. Dan Barlow said he will have information from the vendors at the next meeting.
Dan Barlow said they are going to turn the restrooms on at Heigel Park. He said they will wait until the end of the month to turn on the restrooms at the Marina.
Dan Barlow talked about the scheduled road paving. He said he would like to notify homeowners in the Krempa subdivision and update them on what will be taking place.
The Trustees agreed door to door personal contact would be good.
Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw presented the March financial reports and bank reconciliation and there were no questions or concerns.
Karen Shaw said the township received the first half Real Estate Property Tax distribution from the Ottawa County Auditor. Net receipts came in as budgeted.
Matt Montowski said the zoning department issued nine permits in March for a total of $396.68 collected in fees.
A brief discussion took place regarding Advertising Blades with no action taking place at this time.
Matt Montowski made a motion to pass the proposed text amendments to the Zoning Commission for revisions. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Jeff Wingate discussed his concern for safety on East Sand Road with special regard for the curve in the road around his Rock Ledge Inn property. Jeff Wingate said he would like to see different signage, enforcement of the current speed limit, and eventually the speed limit reduced to 25 miles per hour in that area.
William Rofkar said the speed limits are dictated by state law and that the Board of Trustees does not have the jurisdiction to change speed limits. William Rofkar said tickets are issued in that area but he will talk to the police chief and encourage additional enforcement in the area.
Jeff Wingate also discussed his concern for safety regarding the right-of-way behind Rock Ledge Inn in front of his cottages. He said the residents who live in the area and their guests use the right-of-way and drive too fast. Jeff Wingate said he is looking for a way to get them to slow down.
William Rofkar said the road behind Rock Ledge Inn is private and the township has no jurisdiction.
Zach Baugh discussed his proposal to construct a small picnic pavilion along the pond near the township administration building for his Eagle Service Project.
The Trustees agreed the project sounded like a good idea but said they would like to see a conceptual drawing with dimensions and a location staked out before granting final approval.
Matt Montowski agreed to submit a letter to Zach Baugh’s troop leader.
Gary Mortus said he is going to request assistance from the county engineer to help define the existing boundary markers on the east side of the Cedar Meadow Preserve.
Gary Mortus made a motion to proceed with advertising for bid specification for a 360 niche columbarium in the cemetery. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Matt Montowski made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Gary Mortus seconded the motion.
All voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
William Rofkar, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer