Minutes: March 26th, 2013

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

March 26, 2013

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Gary Mortus on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.

In attendance were Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, John Gangway,
Dan Barlow, Reggie Langford, Randy Riedmaier, Jim Stouffer, Carol Kubit, Susan Pickens, Lori Clune, James Hanney, Jeff Hickman, and Karen Crall.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Matt Montowski made a motion to approve the March 12 regular meeting minutes as presented. William Rokar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve and pay the bills, including the last payroll, in the amount of $18,982.78. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


The following correspondence was received by the township:

A letter from Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan, Agent Donald St. Clair,
Agent Carl Rider, and Detective Joel Barton expressing their gratitude for the contribution made to the Drug Task Force to be used to enforce the drug laws in Ottawa County.

A letter from the Ohio Department of Transportation regarding the development of the 2014-2017 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program and invitation to the open house.

Notification from the Ottawa County Board of Elections there will not be a primary election in our precinct on May 7, but there may be a special election on August 6 (if held) and there will be a general election on November 5.

A letter from Riverview Healthcare Campus regarding the passage of their .05 mil levy in November of 2009 and the projects completed in 2012 using 2012 levy funds. Also enclosed was their 2012 Annual Report.

Fire and Safety

Fire Chief John Gangway said on April 4 the Ohio National Guard Civil Support Team will be conducting training at Put-in Bay. He said they will have vehicles and equipment staged at Miller’s Ferry.

John Gangway said on April 3 the State Highway Patrol will be at the township to conduct their annual safety inspection of township fire trucks, ambulances, and maintenance vehicles.

John Gangway said they have two firemen that are going to start fire fighting class April 2 in Marblehead and three members who just completed their EMT training.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow said he met with Greg McCormick of Cold Spring Granite for an inspection of the columbarium to finalize the project and discuss a few concerns with the concrete.

Dan Barlow said Barnes is in the process of grinding the compost and should be finished by next week. He said they will start loading mulch on Saturdays during April except for the week of spring clean up.

Dan Barlow said on March 29 the four maintenance personnel are going to tour a compost facility near Bowling Green in Wood County. He said it will take approximately four hours.

Dan Barlow said the maintenance one-ton is in for repairs to the brakes.

Dan Barlow presented quotes for a new maintenance truck: Port Clinton Ford, $30,274.52; Valley Ford Truck, $30,297; and Baumann Auto Group $28,941.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve purchase of a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado for $28,941 from Baumann Auto Group. The price meets or exceeds the State Bid price. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

New Business

Chief Deputy Jeff Hickman was present to solicit funds for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol and presented their 2012 Year-End Activity Report.

Matt Montowski made a motion to support the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol in the amount of $6,000. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. William Rofkar said he feels it is a higher priority to fund a part-time police officer for the township which has not been replaced.
Vote on the motion: Matt Montowski, aye; Gary Mortus, aye; William Rofkar, opposed. Motion carried.

Susan Pickens, Carol Kubit, and Karen Crall were present representing the Catawba Island Garden Club. Susan Pickens said the Garden Club would like to make a beautification donation to the township. She said they were considering park benches or large pots with plants and flowers they would maintain year round.

The Trustees said they would welcome such a donation and suggested a few areas including the nature preserve, Heigel Park, cemetery, gazebo, and around the township sign at the boat launch ramp.

Susan Pickens said the Catawba Island Garden Club will meet in April and finalize their decision. She said they will work with township maintenance personnel to continue with the project.

William Rofkar made a motion to adopt the following rule for the columbarium: Only one human cremation remains per single niche and no more than three cremation remains per double niche. No inurnment of cremated animals will be permitted. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Matt Montowski announced plans have been finalized for the 2013 Compost Workshop to be held at Catawba Island Township on Wednesday, May 22, at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The workshop is being hosted by the Ottawa, Sandusky Seneca Joint Solid Waste District, Ottawa County Soil & Water Conservation District, and Sandusky County Park District. Registration information will be in the local papers.

Matt Montowski made a motion to adjourn the meeting. William Rofkar seconded the motion.
All voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.

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Gary Mortus, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer