Minutes: July 22nd, 2014

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

July 22, 2014

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Matt Montowski on Tuesday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.

In attendance were Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, Bob Rogers, Joe Frisch, and Randy Riedmaier.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve the July 8 Public Hearing meeting minutes as presented and the July 8 Board of Township Trustees regular meeting minutes as presented. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve and pay the bills, including the last payroll, in the amount of $207,205.76. The total includes a payment of $162,711.68 to the Ottawa County Engineer’s Office for the 2014 resurfacing project. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


The following correspondence was received by the township:

A letter from Rick Peiffer concerning the property at 1401 N Orchard Beach which is overgrown with weeds and brush and a tree has fallen creating an environment for skunks and rodents.

Gary Mortus said he recently viewed the front yard and said some action has been taken. He said the front has been mowed and the dead tree has been removed. The Trustees agreed no action will be taken at this time.

A memo from the OSS Solid Waste Management District regarding changes to their recycling service at various locations. There will be an addition of one container for a total of nine at the Catawba location.

A letter from the Ottawa County Engineer’s Office regarding road crossing permit fee structure changes.

A letter from the Frank Gates Service Company thanking the township for their continued participation in the Ohio workers’ compensation group rating program.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow said additional road signs addressing safety were put up in the Gem Beach area as discussed at a previous meeting.

Dan Barlow said the recycling container shortage over the July 4th Holiday will not happen in the future. He said it was on oversight by the OSS Solid Waste District and they will have additional containers brought in for all holidays in the future.


Police Chief Bob Rogers said they have completed fingerprint training and taser training is scheduled. He said a taser policy has also been implemented.

A brief discussion took place regarding police manpower.

New Business

Joe Frisch said when the roads were resurfaced on Concord his lawn sprinkler heads were pushed down by an asphalt truck. He asked if he could be reimbursed for the $110 cost to repair.

Matt Montowski explained the township does not pay for damages incurred for items located in the road right of way.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve a proposal by Barnes Nursery for landscaping at the Fire Station for $8,987. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted Aye. Motion carried.

The Trustees agreed the Channel Drive property discussed at a previous meeting had been mowed and no further action was needed.

Matt Montowski said an auctioneer/realtor was interested in holding an auction for a township property and inquired about renting the Community Hall for that use.

The Trustees agreed the Community Hall could be used for that purpose and the rental fee for the auctioneer would be $300 for the large room.

Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn the meeting. William Rofkar seconded the motion.
All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

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Matt Montowski, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer