Minutes: October 22nd, 2019

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

October 22, 2019

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman William Rofkar on Tuesday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.

In attendance were: Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, Ernest Wylie, Kevin Wylie, Julie Wylie, Meridith Beck, Diane Belden,
Lawrene Montowski, and Randy Riedmaier.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the October 8, 2019 Board of Trustees regular 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 $88,297.14. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


Final notice from the Ottawa County Board of Elections regarding the General Election to be held Tuesday, November 5, and a thank you for allowing use of the Community Hall as a polling location.

A letter from the Joint Solid Waste Management District regarding tire recycling available for townships, cities, villages, and public agencies for tires found along roadsides or generated by public entities.

The Ottawa County Community Foundation Summer 2019 newsletter.

An invitation from Pavement Technology Inc. to a Pavement Preservation Lunch & Learn.


Karen Shaw said notification was received from the Ottawa County Budget Commission that Catawba Island Township’s share of Local Government funds for 2020 is estimated to be $17,631.42.


Police Chief John Gangway said we may take delivery of the new police interceptor as soon as the middle of November. He said the Bayview Police Department is interested in purchasing the old vehicle.


Fire Chief Kevin Wylie said there were 30 EMS calls and 5 fire runs in September for a total of 35 calls.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow said the last brush pick will be the end of October and that they are getting the trucks ready for winter. He said they will be closing the restrooms at the marina the last week of October and pulling two of the docks leaving the one in the middle. Dan Barlow agreed to wait to close the restrooms at Heigel Park until the first week of November after Trick or Treat. He said they will winterize the chapel and turn off the water the last week of October.

Dan Barlow said the drainage work in the cemetery has been completed and the compost gate will be completed in another week. He said the fence installation at Marine Max will begin next week.

Dan Barlow said there is a light out and no power is coming out of the back of the fire department. He said he would like to have Stively Electric investigate the cause and repair.

Trustees agreed Stively Electric should be contacted for repair of the light and power situation at the fire department.

New Business

Meridith Beck said in a recent special meeting it was moved that the Catawba Island Parks Board recommend to the Township Trustees that a professional landscape service be employed to treat the invasive honey suckle that is present in an approximately three acre area of woods to the west of the main trail at the entrance to the preserve. She said the honeysuckle poses a threat to several varieties of wildflower present in the area. Cost of the service would be approximately $4,200 in the fall and another $3,200 in the spring. Meredith Beck said all parks board members present at the meeting voted in favor of the treatment. Meredith Beck presented two quotes for the service; Davey Resource Group, $7,475 and Crowley’s Vegetation Control for $7,050.

Meridith Beck said she believes the treatment is important because that area of the preserve has some native wildflowers that are no longer common.

The Trustees agreed they wanted to review the quotes presented and consider alternative options and will make a decision at the next meeting.

Matt Montowski made a motion to donate three monitors, three printers, and two computers to Goodwill. All equipment is surplus and no longer needed. Gary Mortus seconded the motion.
All voted aye. Motion carried.

Matt Montowski said the Ottawa County Township Association quarterly meeting will be Thursday, October 24, at Salem Township.

Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Matt Montowski seconded the motion.
All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

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William Rofkar, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer