Minutes: September 22nd, 2020

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

September 22, 2020

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Matt Montowski on Tuesday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Hall located at 3307 NW Catawba Road.

In attendance were: Diane Belden, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, Ernie Wylie, Jordan Davenport, Dave Belden, Jim Stouffer, Bob Colson,
Andrea Kummero, Ann Rumpf, Randy Riedmaier, and Jack DeVore.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve the September 8, 2020 Board of Trustees regular meeting minutes as presented. Diane Belden seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Diane Belden made a motion to approve and pay the bills, including the payroll, in the amount of $101,128.72. The total includes a payment of $22,230 to Fire Safety Services for the recertification of 65 air bottles. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


Matt Montowski introduced application 254878 initiated by the Catawba Island Zoning Commission on July 22 for proposed text amendments to the Zoning Resolution as follows:

Add definitions for free standing sign, portable sign, and pole sign.

Limit free standing signs and pole signs to twelve feet (12’) in height.

Permit an identification sign for a subdivision, condominium or other
development in the “A” District.

Edit accessory structure language in various zoning districts. Changes include the following:
• Increase the allowable size in the “A” district from 950 sq. ft. to 1,200 sq. ft.
• Reduce side and rear lot line setback requirement in the “A” District from 10’ to 5’.
• Add statement that non-commercial boat docks shall be considered structures accessory to the principal use in R-3, C-3, C-4 and M districts.
• Add 750 sq. ft. as total area of accessory buildings on lots with single family home in the R-4 and R-6 districts.
• Add maximum size of accessory building of 2,000 sq. ft. in the C-5 district.

The Ottawa Regional Planning Commission met on August 18 and voted to recommend approval of the text amendments. The Catawba Island Zoning Commission met on August 26 and voted to approve the text amendments and recommend to the Board of Trustees.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve application 254878 as requested. Diane Belden seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

A letter from Danbury Police Chief Michael Meisler thanking Police Chief John Gangway for allowing Patrol Officer Devin Pollock to assist the Danbury Police Department with Taser training and recertification.

A letter from Ottawa County Engineer Ron Lajti expressing support of ODOT’s findings and stated if the Board were inclined to do so, he would support a decision by the Board to move forward with lowering the speed limit on Twin Beach Road to 25 MPH.

A letter from Emmanuel Tabora requesting to sell graves 7 and 8 in Lot 1 of East Section 24 back to the township for $650, the price paid in 2015 of $325 each.

Trustees refunded Emmanuel Tabora the cost of the two cemetery graves as requested.

A memo from the Ottawa County Board of Elections regarding the General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 3 and thanking Trustees for allowing the use of the Community Hall as a polling location.

An email from Judy Geiger requesting Trustees reinstate Fall Clean Up.

An email from Cece Gettys stating please do not cancel the Fall Clean Up.

An email from Toni DeLuca asking why Fall Clean Up has been cancelled.

An email from Anne Cook expressing her disappointment in the cancellation of Fall Clean Up.

The Ottawa County Community Foundation Summer 2020 newsletter.

The Fairway Villas Times Fall 2020 newsletter.


Police Chief John Gangway presented a quote from SeaGate Office Products for two task chairs for the police department for a total of $363.16.

Trustees agreed to the purchase of two task chairs for the police department as requested.


Diane Belden made a motion to renew the OSFA Accident and Sickness Insurance Policy with Ohio Public Risk Insurance Agency dba VFIS of Ohio for $2,912 effective October 9, 2020 through October 9, 2021. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow said the crossover on Weyhe Road has been repaired.

William Rofkar and Dan Barlow briefly explained the emergency tile repair necessary at the end of Muggy Road and the crossover that was also repaired by The Kreimes Company at that location.

Dan Barlow said a sailboat being pulled on a trailer at the West Harbor Boat Launch took out power lines in the parking lot and he is looking into necessary repairs which will require a bucket truck.

New Business

Bob Colson asked Trustees why the clean up was cancelled.

Matt Montowski said he is not wavering from the previous decision to cancel Fall Clean Up as the area becomes unmanageable at times during a normal year and this is not a normal year. He said there are often additional people waiting to pick items that are being discarded.

William Rofkar said the township does not have enough personnel to remain at the drop off site and monitor the area appropriately and request individuals to remain in their vehicles. He said groups of people would congregate regardless of signs.

Jim Stouffer thanked Trustees for getting Moores Dock Road and Beach Club Road resurfaced.

Matt Montowski made a motion to adopt the following Resolution:

WHEREAS, a request has been made to this Board that the statutory vehicular speed limit established by Section 4511.21, Revised Code of Ohio, is greater than that considered safe on Township Road 239 E. Twin Beach Road beginning at SR-53 East Catawba Road and ending at North Carolina Street; and

WHEREAS, this Board has caused to be made an engineering and traffic investigation upon the section of road described above; and

WHEREAS, it is the belief of this Board that such investigation confirms the allegation that the statutory speed limit of 35 MPH is unrealistic;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees of Catawba Island Township, Ottawa County, Ohio that:

Section 1. That by virtue of the provisions of Section 4511.21, Revised Code of Ohio, the Director of Highways is hereby requested to review the engineering and traffic investigation and to determine and declare a reasonable and safe prima facie speed limit on Township Road 239 –
E. Twin Beach Road beginning at SR-53 (East Catawba Road) and ending at North Carolina Street in Catawba Island Township, Ottawa County, Ohio.

Section 2. That when this Board is advised that the Director of Highways has determined and declared a reasonable and safe speed limit on the section of road described in Section 1 hereof, standard signs, properly posted and giving notice thereof will be erected.

Section 3. It is hereby determined that all formal actions of this Board concerning and relating to the adoption of this Resolution were taken in an open meeting of this Board and that all deliberations of such Board of Trustees were in meetings open to the public, in compliance with all legal requirements, including Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Section 4. This Resolution shall be in full force and effect from and immediately upon its adoption.

Diane Belden seconded the motion. Roll call vote: Matt Montowski, aye; Diane Belden, aye; William Rofkar, aye.

Diane Belden made a motion to adjourn the meeting. William Rofkar seconded the motion.
All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

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Matt Montowski, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer