Minutes: August 25th, 2009

The regular meeting of the Catawba Island Township Trustees was called to order by chairman William Rofkar at 7:30 p.m. on August 25, 2009 in the conference room. In attendance: William Rofkar, Robert Schroeder, Gary Mortus, Pat Cerny, Jack DeVore, Matt Montowski, Reggie Langford, John Smothers and Jim Stouffer. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

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

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve and pay the bills in the amount of $23,740.23 seconded by Robert Schroeder. All voted aye.

Correspondence included a letter to Pat Cerny from Todd Bickley, Director of Regional Planning regarding the Community Rating System (CRS) Ottawa County Floodplain Management Plan.

Tom Mikoy, co-owner of a parcel in Gem Beach expressing dismay over the direction of the Beach Towne at Gem Beach Condo project.

Larry Fletcher, Executive Director of the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau with an enclosed 2nd quarter report from the Visitors Bureau.

To Pat Cerny from Peter Wennes in answer to correspondence that was addressed to him in regard to vehicles on his parcel and stating the Ford Explorer, unregistered, is being used temporarily for storage of lumber and woodworking tools.

Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District newsletter.

Kalida Truck Equipment invitation to a one day sale.

Ohio Division of Liquor Control for a liquor permit transfer to Catawba Cleveland Dev. Corp from Catawba Island Marina South and asking if the township requests on a hearing on this matter.

Reggie Langford stated his gypsy moth survey for this year is complete. This year different traps were used (milk carton traps). Last year there were 25 traps around the island and a total count of 333. New traps: 25 traps, 6,813 moths. Reggie Langford presented moths in a bag. Schoolhouse Road is a prime area. Reggie is going to try to get aerial spraying through the Department of Agricultural. They need to locate 250 egg masses within a geographical area or they will not spray. September 1 is the deadline for the application. James Stouffer stated he has some recent aerial photos to share with Reggie
Langford that might help.

Reggie Langford would also like to thank the township maintenance crew for clearing out all of the overhanging trees on Schoolhouse Road and it was well done by our own manpower.

John Smothers has the survey request application from the Ohio Department of Agricultural Gypsy Moth Cooperative Suppression Program. It is not the application to spray but you need this application before the spraying application.

James Stouffer would like to commend the Police and Fire Departments for the superb job in helping the Catawba Island Club with a tragic event they encountered.

Gary Mortus made a motion to not request a hearing on the liquor license transfer referenced above seconded by Robert Schroeder. All voted aye.

Gary Mortus stated in reference to the letter regarding The Gem Beach Condo project, the Gem Beach Lot Owners Association (GBLOA) must understand that the township cannot fight their legal battles. Pat Cerny stated the township was not involved in the legal proceedings and we cannot intervene in the Court’s decision and fight the association’s legal battles. Gary Mortus stated the township was advised the legal matters were not zoning violations. Pat Cerny stated the GBLOA does not want the condos built and they do not want additional legal fees. All permits issued were scrutinized very carefully and Pat Cerny worked with Ottawa Regional Planning, the Grummels, and their architects to make sure all zoning was met and permits concerning this project were issued without any doubt.

Robert Schroeder stated the newly appointed fire chief, John Gangway, is doing a great job.

Pat Cerny stated she has received a notice to the Catawba Island Township Trustees from Samsel Supply Company regarding 8 cases of white line-up field paint.
The township needs more information in regard to this request as to whom is it actually for.

William Rofkar stated he had e-mailed the other two trustees regarding an incident at the launch ramp when a gentleman was pulling his sail boat and it pulled down the electric lines on the lights. William Rofkar had A.T. Emmett come in to do the repairs of the damaged overhead electrical system. There is a police report on this incident and the gentlemen’s insurance will take care of the costs.

William Rofkar stated he had spoken to Dave Brunkhorst, County Engineer in regard to the size of the drainage tile that is buried on “C” Street. This will be addressed through the county at a meeting and he will make sure it is taken care of properly.

William Rofkar would like to have a couple of trees taken down on the boulevard on Wine Cellar Road that are dead and also remove the sign frame that is in the boulevard. Gary Mortus agreed. The frame will be placed behind the maintenance building. The cost for the trees should be around $1000.00 and contracted with Mullens Tree Service.

The Maintenance crew is taking the paint off of the back section of the Community Hall. There are more mortar joint issues with the back section of the building not included in the last quote. William Rofkar would like to spend $1000.00 fixing all of the mortar joints on the Community Hall back section. Frank Cuevas quoted about $3000.00 to put a surface on the building. William Rofkar would like Robert Schroeder and Gary Mortus to look at the material and it can be discussed at a further date.

William Rofkar questioned the fact that Barnes was mowing in the Cedar Preserve and he would like to review the Cedar Preserve budget and would like minutes of the Park Boards meetings.

Robert Schroeder made a motion to adjourn seconded by Gary Mortus. All voted aye. 8:25p.m.