Minutes: October 14th, 2014

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

October 14, 2014

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Matt Montowski on Tuesday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.

In attendance were Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, Bob Rogers, John Smothers, and Randy Riedmaier.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the September 23 Board of Township 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 $57,771.37. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


The following correspondence was received by the township:

Notification from the Solid Waste District of the tire recycling trailer that will be located at the Ottawa County Highway Garage the first week in November for tires found along roadsides or removed from maintenance equipment. It is not to be used for tires from residents or employees.

An email from Tina Molnar of the Ottawa County Engineer’s Office regarding priority points awarded for the township application package submitted to the Ohio Public Works Commission.

A letter from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) regarding their plan to rotate staff facility assignments in an effort to provide the best customer service possible.

Notification from the United Way of the Ottawa County regarding the Summit on Aging to be held October 31, at Magruder Hospital.

A letter from James Zafirau regarding his concern for a potential zoning related issue with a neighboring property owner.

Matt Montowski said he would ask the zoning inspector to look into the matter.

Notification from the Ford Motor Company regarding their Customer Satisfaction Program for the 2013 and 2014 township police utility vehicles.

A letter from the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa Counties requesting support for Issue #5 in Ottawa County.

Information from Kinstle Sterling/Western Star Truck Center’s ODOT Co-op Purchasing Program.


Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw presented the September 2014 financial reports and bank reconciliation. There were no questions or concerns.

Fire and Safety

Fire Chief John Gangway said the company they purchased the extrication equipment from offers an 8 hour training class for CIVFD personnel but they would like to have a total of four cars to work on at the time. He said they have two cars currently located at the compost site and they are looking to obtain two additional cars to schedule and complete the training.

John Gangway said he scheduled Fire Safety Services to perform their annual service checks on the departments SCBA equipment for November.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow said crack sealing and repairs have been completed by The CourtSmiths on the tennis courts and basketball court at Heigle Park.

Dan Barlow discussed necessary window repairs in addition to painting the chapel.

Dan Barlow said the lights are repaired and operational at the marina parking lot near the boat launch area improving illumination of the ramp and restrooms.

Dan Barlow said if they were made aware of fishing tournaments in advance maintenance personnel could better stock the marina restroom facility. He said often times, as in October, tournaments take place with no notification to the township.

Matt Montowski said he is concerned with water run off from Marine Max flooding and washing out gravel at the end of the township marina parking lot.

Gary Mortus agreed to speak with Marine Max personnel regarding the issue.


Matt Montowski said there were eleven zoning permits issued and three variances for the month of September with a total of $1,789.60 collected in fees.

A lengthy conversation took place regarding signs located in the road right of way.

New Business

Parks Board member John Smothers said they would like to have the trails widened in the Nature Preserve and Buckeye Tree can complete the project for approximately $2,500.

The Trustees agreed Buckeye Tree can widen the Nature Preserve trails.

Karen Shaw read an agreement submitted by the Gem Beach Lot Owners Association regarding the navigational buoys. Gary Mortus said he would review agreement with township legal council.

Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn the meeting. William Rofkar seconded the motion.
All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

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Matt Montowski, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer