Minutes: August 27th, 2013

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

August 27, 2013

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Gary Mortus on Tuesday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.

In attendance were Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, Reggie Langford, John Smothers, Randy Riedmaier, and Jack DeVore.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Matt Montowski made a motion to approve the August 13 Public Hearing meeting minutes and the August 13 Board of Trustees regular meeting minutes as presented. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve and pay the bills, including the last payroll, in the amount of $97,076.71. The total includes a payment of $23,900 to The Kreimes Company for road resurfacing projects and a payment to Baumann Auto Group of $28,941 for the new maintenance truck. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


The following correspondence was received by the township:

An email from Diane Belden regarding the Wreaths Across America project and ceremony she and Reggie Langford are coordinating at the Catawba Island Cemetery.

The Trustees agreed to a ceremony start time of 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Dan Barlow said the wreaths can be delivered to the maintenance building and maintenance personnel will set up a podium and microphone for the ceremony.

An email from Jim Darr of the Solid Waste District regarding additional recycling containers being provided for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

A memo from Amy Drummer of the Solid Waste District requesting township yard waste and compost program information for use on their website and in future publications.

The Summer/Fall newsletter from the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District.

An invitation from the Ottawa County Farm Bureau to attend their Annual Legislative and Candidate Reception on September 5 at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.

Opt-Out Notifications for the local Electrical Aggregation Program for township properties.


Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw said the township received the second half Real Estate Property Tax with a net distribution of $379,216.33.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow presented an estimate of $2,400 from Mullens Tree Service for removal of trees along Sand Road. Flaggers will be provided for traffic control.

William Rofkar made a motion to contract with Mullens Tree Service for removal of eleven trees on Sand Road and the trimming of one for $2,400. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Dan Barlow said they would like to purchase mud flaps and a protector for the new truck.

The Trustees agreed to the additional items for the new truck.

New Business

John Smothers said the Park Board would like to fill in several wet areas in the preserve on the trails. He said it will take maintenance personnel, a dump truck, and a loader about a day to complete the work. John Smothers said the stone required will cost approximately $500.

The Trustees agreed to the project work in the preserve and the cost of the stone.

William Rofkar said he received a phone call from Paul Shaw of The Vineyard on Catawba regarding the passing zone on West Catawba in the area in front of the entrance to the facility. He said Paul Shaw would like to see the area marked as a no passing zone as the majority of the road is marked.

The Trustees discussed the road markings briefly and agreed no passing on that stretch of the road would be appropriate. William Rofkar said he will submit a letter to the Ottawa County Engineer on behalf of the Trustees requesting the area be reviewed and marked as no passing.

Matt Montowski said the Zoning Inspector would like to address the issue of yard signs in the road right-of-way and directional signs located around the township.

The Trustees agreed and authorized the Zoning Inspector to send notification letters to those in violation prior to removal of the signs.

Gary Mortus said the township is required to pay a deferred assessment of $1,152.40 for the parcel of property where the compost facility is located as it no longer qualifies for Agricultural District status. The assessment is being paid to the Ottawa County Sanitary Engineering Department for the PCI Sanitary Sewer.

Gary Mortus made a motion to sell the old maintenance truck on Gov.Deals. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Matt Montowski made a motion to adjourn the meeting. William Rofkar seconded the motion.
All voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

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Matt Montowski, Vice Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer