Minutes: February 11th, 2014

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

February 11, 2014

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Matt Montowski on Tuesday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.

In attendance were Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, Randy Riedmaier and Jack DeVore.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the January 28 Board of Township Trustees regular meeting minutes as presented. William Rofkar 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 $81,059.33. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


The following correspondence was received by the township:

A letter from Lenny Lammlein regarding the lane adjacent to his property at 4165 East Moores Dock Road and requesting requirements to make the lane part of the township’s responsibility.

The Trustees agreed to send a letter in response to Lenny Lammlein’s letter advising the lane would have to be a dedicated public roadway instead of private in order to be made the township’s responsibility and the county engineer could help with required specifications.

The Trustees also recalled property owners have not wanted the lane to be a public road in the past.

Notification from the Ottawa County Engineer’s Office advising they are accepting reservations for road tours.

The Trustees agree to schedule a road tour to discuss needs for the 2015 season.

A letter from David Downing requesting use of the Community Hall for a family gathering on April 20, 2014.

The Trustees agreed David Downing could use the Community Hall and waived the fee.


Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw presented the January 2014 financial reports and bank reconciliation. There were no questions or concerns.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow presented quotes for grinding yard waste, including rolling existing material, at the compost facility: Universal Farms $22,800; David Price $5,966.50; and Barnes Nursery $20,775 (Option 1) and $6,900 (Option 2 - Credit of $13,875 offered for removal of mulch and compost material).

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the contract for yard waste grinding with David Price for $5,966.50 as specified. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Dan Barlow said he expects the salt orders to be delivered soon which will fill the salt sheds.

Dan Barlow said the ditch pump on Route 53 is not working properly. He said they are looking into the problem.


Matt Montowski said there were three variances issued for the month of January with a total of $750 collected in fees.

Matt Montowski said five applications were received for the two alternate positions on the Zoning Commission.

New Business

A brief discussion took place regarding the possibility of putting out a Request for Proposal for the township’s property insurance.

The Trustees agreed they are satisfied with the current carrier and plan and do not feel the need to search for another carrier at this time.

William Rofkar said the 2005 Ford Explorer has been listed on Govdeals.com.

Karen Shaw said a group out of Sarasota, Florida wanted to hold a Family Fun Circus for profit at the Community Hall. She said a security deposit has been received but not yet cashed.

The Trustees agreed a circus would not be an appropriate use of the Community Hall and asked Karen Shaw to send a letter notifying them of such and also return their security deposit.

Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn the meeting. William Rofkar seconded the motion.
All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

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Matt Montowski, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer