Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees
July 12, 2016
The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman William Rofkar on Tuesday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.
In attendance were: William Rofkar, Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, Ernest Wylie, Mark Mulligan, Joe Gerber, Steve Arndt, Diane Belden,
Richard Smetzer, Randy Riedmaier, and Jack DeVore.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.
Matt Montowski made a motion to enter into Executive Session pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 121.22 (G)(3) to conference with an attorney for Catawba Island Township concerning a dispute involving the township in a pending court action. Gary Mortus seconded the motion.
Vote on motion: William Rofkar, aye; Matt Montowski, aye; and Gary Mortus, aye.
Matt Montowski made a motion at 8:27 p.m. to reconvene from Executive Session.
Gary Mortus seconded the motion. Vote on motion: William Rofkar, aye; Matt Montowski, aye; and Gary Mortus, aye.
Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the June 28 Board of Township Trustees regular meeting minutes and the July 7 special 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 $90,856.85. The total includes a payment of $43,680 to D.J.L. Material & Supply for a crack sealer for township road maintenance. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Formal documentation was received from the Ottawa County Commissioners who authorized signing an agreement with Benton, Catawba Island, Clay, Danbury, Erie, Harris, Portage, and Salam Township Trustees supporting the submission of a Local Government Innovation Loan Fund application on behalf of Ottawa County for shared GIS expansion initiative.
A memo from the Joint Solid Waste Management District regarding the District Plan Update and 30-day Written Comment Period and Public Hearing.
Notification from the Ottawa County Township Association regarding the quarterly meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 28, at the Bay Township Hall.
Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw presented the June 2016 financial reports and bank reconciliation. There were no questions or concerns.
Fire and Safety
Fire Chief John Gangway said he would like to send Louis Wargo and Kevin Gibbons to an Emergency Vehicle Driver Instructor Certification class at Owens Community College in August sponsored by VFIS. He said VFIS membership offers one student free and a discount for a second student for a total cost savings of $175. John Gangway said they would receive training materials and come back and train other CIVFD members as well as township police officers.
John Gangway said he would also like to send Louis Wargo to Bowling Green State University Fire School for a four day Advanced Pump Operations class in October with a cost of $495.
The Trustees agreed to both training requests.
John Gangway said he would like to utilize Ottawa County’s background check system to review any potential new CIVFD members. He said there is a $70 cost for the service.
The Trustees agreed to utilize the background check system through the county.
John Gangway said Engine 24 has a two and a half inch high pressure hose and the fittings attached need to be replaced but are an obsolete item. He said they have found a company in Cleveland that will repair or rebuild from scratch the needed fittings for approximately $500. John Gangway said we will have more information at a future meeting.
John Gangway presented a quote of $743.60 from Cleveland Communications for eight Lithium Ion batteries for the portable 800 MHz radios at the fire department. He said six would be to replace batteries at the end of life and two would be for spare.
The Trustees agreed to the purchase of the batteries.
John Gangway said the CIVFD sold out of barbeque chicken dinners around 6 p.m. Saturday,
July 9. He said they sold approximately 1,600 dinners.
Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow presented an estimate from Mullens Tree Service to trim the oak tree on Porter Road for $400 and grind two stumps in the cemetery for $30 each.
William Rofkar made a motion to approve removal of a tree on Porter Road and grinding of two stumps in the cemetery by Mullens Tree Service for a total of $460. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. Vote on motion: Gary Mortus, aye; William Rofkar, aye; and Matt Montowski recused himself.
Dan Barlow said the painting project at the old fire station has started.
Dan Barlow said he is working on quotes for a couple road repairs. He also said they made a temporary repair at the cross over on Sand Road at Five Bells Inn.
Dan Barlow said he is working on a quote for compost grinding and turning. Dan Barlow said he would like to bring in a large dumpster to get rid of some large items that have been dumped inappropriately at the compost yard and they have a few old cemetery foundations they need to discard.
Trustees agreed maintenance should bring in a dumpster to discard the items.
Dan Barlow said maintenance personnel cut back tree branches and cleared up the paths in the nature preserve.
Dan Barlow said they had to pull the Route 53 ditch pump out and utilize the spare. He said now the ditch pump is back in service and the spare is out for repair.
Trustees agreed a letter needs to be distributed to residents on Schoolhouse Road in regard to grass clippings no longer being picked up due to the wear on township equipment.
Matt Montowski said there were ten zoning permits and two variances issued in June with a total of $1,086.16 collected in fees.
State Representative Steve Arndt shared information on three bills recently passed that could have an impact on township government. He also talked about bills passed concerning Abandoned Structures, Workers Compensation, and Unemployment Reform. Steve Arndt also extended an invitation to the Trustees to attend legislative hearings in Columbus.
William Rofkar made a motion to appoint John Gangway as acting Police Chief until Chief Rogers returns from leave. Gary Mortus 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. The meeting adjourned at 9:07 p.m.
William Rofkar, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer