Minutes: July 14th, 2009

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees was called to order by chairman William Rofkar at 7:30 p.m. on July 14, 2009 in the conference room. In attendance: William Rofkar, Robert Schroeder, Gary Mortus, Pat Cerny, Matt Montowski, Jack DeVore, Reggie Langford, Mike Prosser, Mrs. Kaufman and Dave Downing. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Robert Schroeder made a motion to approve the minutes as received from the last meeting seconded by Gary Mortus. All voted aye.

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve and pay the bills in the amount of $15,424.40 seconded by Robert Schroeder. All voted aye.

Correspondence included Ottawa County Township Association Meeting announcement being held at Catawba Island Township July 30, 2009, Catawba Island Township hosting.

Jo Ellen Regal, Ottawa County Auditor stating she has received an amended estimate for local government funds to be disbursed in 2009 resulting in a decrease of revenue received from these funds.

Gwen Smetzer, Power Squadron Commander, thanking the Trustees for the use of the Community Hall for their Auction.

Certificate of District Board of Health as to amount to be included in taxing district’s budget for the support of the General Health District for the fiscal year 2010 as being $50,401.52.

Hylant Group; renewal bond for the position of Zoning Inspector for Pat Cerny.

OPERS stating their opposition of the governor’s recommendation to reduce contributions to state workers’ pensions as a way to fix the state’s budget shortfall.

Ottawa Regional Planning Commission referencing a preliminary replat of a proposal to divide Lot 1 of Sugar Rock Estates Subdivision into two lots owned by Elizabeth and Roger Haar. The location is 3140 E. Sunset Drive.
Pat Cerny presented the Trustees with a plaque from Soccer kids as a thank you for use of the Community Hall.

Pat Cerny opened the sealed bid for the 2003 surplus police cruiser from David Downing, bid being $851.05. Robert Schroeder made a motion to accept the bid seconded by Gary Mortus. All voted aye.

Mike Prosser, representing the Mon Ami, stated the Mon Ami would like to change the present sign on Wine Cellar Road and Route 53. It is a back-lit sign and you have to climb up to change the letters and they would like to replace it with a new message board sign that can be programmed from on the ground and no climbing would be involved. This is strictly a message sign and will not display food or be moving. This sign is on the township property and the township’s permission would be required. Gary Mortus stated based on our zoning resolution and what has transpired with the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Resurrection Church, it would be hippocritical to allow this on the township property and he is opposed to this request as this would also set a bad precedent for the township. The trustees are all in agreement.

Mike Prosser also complained about the motorcycles revving their engines at the Mon Ami coming in and leaving. The police will be put on notice.

Mrs. Kaufman is interested in a dog park for the area and spoke of one that she visits. There is a link on the Catawba Island Township Web page that you can e-mail in regard to dog parks.

Gary Mortus stated an 800 radio needs replacing for the Police Department for a cost of $400.00. A police cruiser is close to 100,000 miles. Price is $28,042.00 from State Wide Ford and that is moving equipment over. Gary Mortus made a motion to purchase a new police cruiser from State Wide not to exceed $29,000.00 seconded by Robert Schroeder. All voted aye.

Gary Mortus stated the township would like to recognize and thank Jim Farris for the trash he picks up off the highway while he is jogging.

Pat Cerny scheduled next years clean-up weeks for April 28th through May 2nd, 2010 and October 13th through October 17th, 2010.

The Speer Brothers have been working on Sand Road. The low spots have been cut out and blacktopped. They will also be grinding
off the high spots. Ron Lietty from the County Engineer’s office helped with a resident on Norma Drive that had his driveway damaged during blacktopping. The resident had his concrete driveway apron go into the right of way. It was nicked by a roller and he was upset. The requirements now are that you cannot put concrete in the road right of way, it must be blacktopped because of incidents like this.

William Rofkar stated from the last meeting the low bidder did not meet bid specifications and it was tabled. Dan Barlow and William Rofkar have since then gone over the list point for point and compared the bid specifications with the low bid and there is no issue, they meet the specifications. William Rofkar made a motion to award Newell Equipment, the low bidder, the dump box and plow package. The base bid was $34,904.00, $2,480.00 of options, which brings the bid up to $37,384.00. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. Gary Mortus, aye; Robert Schroeder, aye; William Rofkar, aye. William Rofkar made a motion to purchase 2010 International Chassis from Nollenberger Trucking through the State Cooperative purchasing program in the amount of $64,097.00 seconded by Gary Mortus. All voted aye. Gary Mortus and William Rofkar stated they would like to see a sealed bid on the truck that is being replaced.

William Rofkar received a quote from Ken Gill Construction for removing the barn in the Nature Preserve for $2450.00, which includes taking down the barn, removal, disposal and leveling off the ground. William Rofkar made a motion to have the barn removed by Ken Gill
Construction seconded by Gary Mortus. All voted aye.

Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn seconded by Robert Schroeder. All voted aye 8:15 p.m