Minutes: January 27th, 2009

The Catawba Island Township Trustees held a work session in the conference room to discuss permanent appropriations on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. for the yyear 2009. Present: William Rofkar, Gary Mortus, Pat Cerny, Matt Montowski and Jack DeVore.

Gary Mortus made a motion to make their final decision on the permanent appropriations at the next regularly scheduled business meeting seconded by William Rofkar. All voted aye. Meeting was adjourned.

The regular meeting of the Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees was called to order on January 27, 2009, 7:30 p.m. in the conference room by chairman, William Rofkar with Gary Mortus and Robert Schroeder in attendance. Also present were Pat Cerny, Matt Montowski, Jack DeVore and Tony Corona. Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 13, 2009 meeting as submitted seconded by Robert Schroeder. All voted aye. Robert Schroeder made a motion to approve and pay the bills in the amount of $35,322.04 seconded by Gary Mortus. All voted aye. (payment register attached to minutes)

Correspondence included letter from The Gypsy Moth Task Team informing the township of a meeting with Dave Adkins, Supervisor in charge of the Gypsy Moth program for the State of Ohio Dept. of Agriculture on February 10, 2009. The meeting will be held at the Administration Building. Dr. Smothers also wrote Pat Cerny a note that a state representative will be here around February 11th to check egg masses and he will call the township with a time. Invitation from Spoeer Concrete for a luncheon on February 11th. Steve Arndt, President of the Ottawa County Commissioners stating the commissioners would like to assist and support township projects by assembling a complete listing of projects from all of the County’s political subdivisions. This will simplify and assist our state and federal elected officials in being aware of the need throughout the county. FASTrack Urgent Care introduction. Terry Asphalt Materials Inc. will be at the Kalahari Resort on February 11, 2009 for a training course. Time Warner Channel changes. Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan seeking a contribution to the Ottawa County Drug Task Force.

Tony Corona showed interest in the projects for the townships.

William Rofkar set up a meeting with Stephanie Miller (gypsy moths) for March 16, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. William Rofkar stated he has also been in contact with Dave Adkins. William Rofkar also stated he spoke with Reggie Langford and he stated he did not think it was necessary to spray this year. William Rofkar told Pat Cerny to hold off on sending letters to contractors for bids on spraying until we speak to Dave Adkins.

Gary Mortus made a motion to contribute $3000.00 to the Drug Task Force seconded by Robert Schroeder. All voted aye. Gary Mortus stated the school property was surveyed by the County Engineer and it was found Schoolhouse Road is part of the meets and bounds survey so they will quick claim that portion to the township as it is not a taxable parcel and now that property is not nine acres. This will clean up the deed. Gary Mortus also stated Robert Rogers is back to work as of Monday, January 26, 2009 and has provided a release form from his physician.

Robert Schroeder stated the one part-time police officer, Robert Danklefson, makes less money than Helmut Wuersig was making when he retired and Robert Schroeder stated the township should pay him at least that much. He is a good employee and always is here when we need him. William Rofkar stated we will bring it up at the next business meeting. Gary Mortus stated he votes no on a wage increase. Gary Mortus stated if he is worth more money it should come from the chief not from the people he is lobbying.

William Rofkar stated the State Park asked if they can use the Community Hall for parking of the overflow of ice fisherman. The State Park needs more control over the parking situation. The front wall in the Community Hall had moisture and the maintenance department did the repairs. William Rofkar also stated the bucket on the back hoe has been cracked several times and welded several times. The John Deere dealer suggested a dealer in Fremont that would refurbish the bucket for $800.00.

William Rofkar made a motion to adopt new fees for the cemetery seconded by Robert Schroeder. Open and closing fees for a resident and non-resident would be $375.00.
Resident and non-resident on Saturdays would be $450; Resident and non-resident Sundays and Holidays would be $600.00. It is an increase of $200 per item across the board. Baby, open/close would be $100.00; Saturdays would be $300.00; and Sundays and holidays $450.00; resident and non-resident. Cremation would be $135.00 for resident and non-resident; Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays $275.00, resident. Non-resident Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays $375.00. Foundation costs will be $150.00. Robert Schroeder, aye; Gary Mortus, aye; William Rofkar, aye.

William Rofkar also made a motion to pay the Ohio Edison Bills for the year 2009 as advised by the Ottawa County Prosecutor seconded by Robert Schroeder. Robert Schroeder, aye, William Rofkar, aye; Gary Mortus, abstain.

Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn seconded by Robert Schroeder. All voted aye.