Minutes: March 23rd, 2010


The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees was called to order by chairman Gary Mortus at 7:30 p.m. on March 23, 2010 in the conference room. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

In attendance: Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Pat Cerny, Jack DeVore, Dan Barlow, James Stouffer, Brian Snyder, John Gangway, July Thompson, Meredith Beck, Tom Reinert, Scot Taylor, Tony Corona, Robert Rogers, and Tom Erwin.

William Rofkar made a motion to accept the minutes of the previous meeting as read seconded by Matt Montowski. All voted aye to approve the minutes.

Matt Montowski made a motion to approve and pay the expenses and approve the warrants to pay the expenses in the amount of $26,438.82 seconded by William Rofkar. Matt Montowski, aye; William Rofkar, aye; Gary Mortus, aye.

Correspondence included Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control regarding permit renewal objections.

Brian and Jennifer Meacham requesting the use of the Community Hall for the Port Clinton Biddy Wrestlers banquet.

Ottawa County District Board of Health Annual Report.

NUCA of Ohio Confined Space Entry Course.

Ottawa County Engineer’s Office and Highway Department informing residents that the Highway Department personnel will be working along West Catawba Road between March 22 and May 15 trimming or removing trees and tree limbs that pose a potential hazard to the traveling public.

Ottawa Sandusky Seneca County Solid Waste District invitation to ribbon cutting and open house at 1875 E. State Street in Fremont.

State of Semi-Annual Apportionment of Taxes made at the February Settlement 2010 with the County Treasurer of Catawba Island Township with the total distribution of $523,635.32 and the net distribution after deductions of $488,606.27.

Ohio Public Entity Consortium, regarding the vision service rates for the township employees for 2010 to 2012 indicating an increase in rates but not increasing the administrative service rates.

Mullens Tree & Landscaping estimate for removal of trees on Weyhe Road.

Shannon Pitts and Aaron Willoughby follow up note regarding the soccer field paint.

Meredith Beck presented a butterfly survey of the nature preserve from last summer including photos.

Judy Thompson stated she attended a trustee’s meeting about a year ago in regard to an interest in a “Dog Park” for Catawba Island Township. Ms. Thompson brought in petitions that she has acquired and several other responses plus a letter stating considerations and needs for a “dog park”. Her interest at this time is to establish a Steering Committee of volunteers.
She also needs an okay from the Trustees with available financing for a fence and water. William Rofkar asked if donations are possible. Ms. Thompson feels donations will be available but not enough for the fencing and she feels it will require some funding from the township. Gary Mortus would like to further investigate this before a decision is made. James Stouffer stated he would be interested in getting involved. Matt Montowski would like to see an outlined plan.
Judy Thompson will do some advertising for the steering committee.

William Rofkar stated there will be some patching done on Muggy Road and Gary Mortus stated there are some drainage issues on the curve where the landscaping is and can be repaired in a joint effort. There also will be more discussion as this project will be a major rebuild.

Regarding the “dog park”, John Gangway brought the parking situation and traffic flow situation to the Trustees attention because by the fire station and the maintenance building with Cedar Meadows and the recycling area and the fuel tanks, there is a lot of traffic, civilian traffic and response to emergency calls and people parking in different places so some thought should be put into parking and traffic flow.

John Gangway also questioned if the Fire Department could have some input on ingress and egress to condominium projects. The Beach Towne Condominiums is a concern on getting the fire equipment in because of the way the curbs are set up and their plans on gating. Gary Mortus stated we still have clout on health and safety. The owners will also be contacted.

Dan Barlow reported brush pick-up will begin this week and leaf pick up will be getting finished. Dan Barlow will contact Marion Peters from Peters Aluminum to look at the drip edge on the front of the fire station. The Heigel Park restrooms are operational and the soccer nets should be here this week and if the weather holds the tennis nets will be put up. The tennis court will also need some repairs in the near future.

William Rofkar stated he spoke with Gill Construction and they said they would move the road grader but they felt they are not in violation of any zoning issues but to be a good neighbor he will move it. William Rofkar stated he has a right to have the rock piles on his property. His property has a variance for the processing of natural resources including stone and gravel.

William Rofkar stated he does not have a problem with the Port Clinton Biddy Wrestlers using the Community Hall for their banquet and Gary and Matt agreed. William Rofkar made a motion to pay up to $500.00 for the soccer paint for the park seconded by Matt Montowski. All voted aye.

Mulch loading will begin Saturday, April 10th, 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

Pat Cerny presented a copy of the Motion for Leave to Dismiss Case No. CRB-0900227A regarding the State of Ohio verses John Robert Moore IV 2542 NE Catawba Road reason being the defendant no longer owns the property and the defendant to pay court costs of $57.50. The process will need
to be started again if the same activities are going on. Pat Cerny then gave her zoning report for March.

James Mullens Tree & Landscaping will remove a tree for $475.00 on Weyhe Road.

Gary Mortus stated we will be one of the first townships to have a cemetery program that allows for an extensive search of data and data entering available and expansion capabilities.

Matt Montowski made a motion to adjourn seconded by William Rofkar. All voted aye. 8:45p.m.

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