Minutes: October 14th, 2009

Catawba Island Township Board of Zoning Appeals

October 14, 2009

The regular meeting of the Catawba Island Township Board of Zoning Appeals was called to order by Chairman Dale VanLerberghe at 7:30 in the conference room. Present were Jack DeVore, Dale VanLerberghe, Tom Anslow, Bryan Baugh and Pat Cerny. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Jack DeVore made a motion to approve the minutes as presented from the September 9, 2009 Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. Bryan Baugh seconded the motion. Jack DeVore, yes; Tom Anslow, abstain; Bryan Baugh, yes; and Dale VanLerberghe, yes.

Jack DeVore asked about the property at Gem Beach owned by Jack Grummel. Jack DeVore thinks the property is beginning to look like a Marina junk yard. Pat Cerny said Jack Grummel said he was going to have an auction to get rid of everything. Jack DeVore asked when that would happen. Jack DeVore said he could accept the boats remaining as they are trying to get titled so they can be auctioned, but he can not accept all the other items hauled in such as concrete docks etc. Bryan Baugh asked if a letter should be written to Jack Grummel expressing the receipt of complaints to the situation. Pat Cerny said Jack DeVore might want to bring the issue up at a Trustee meeting because there is not an ordinance on the books about junk sitting on property.

Matt Montowski, Catawba Island resident, noted Port Clinton city has an exterior maintenance ordinance which covers issues like the one in question. Pat Cerny said Catawba Island Township Trustees did not want to adopt a township resolution to enforce an exterior maintenance code. A discussion took place about possible ways to eliminate idle older vehicles and boats sitting on property.

Jack DeVore asked what the Grummel property in question is zoned. After reviewing the map Pat Cerny said the property was zoned A (Residential Low Density). Pat Cerny said she will look into the conditional uses for the property. She is not certain if a conditional use was grandfathered in from many years ago or why a skating rink was ever allowed.

Bryan Baugh made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Tom Anslow seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned.