Minutes: December 13th, 2016

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

December 13, 2016

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman William Rofkar on Tuesday, December 13, at 7:35 p.m. in the conference room.

In attendance were: William Rofkar, Matt Montowski, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, Kevin Wylie, Julie Wylie, Bill VanDerGiessen, Lee Short, Craig Koerpel, Diane Belden, and
Randy Riedmaier

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Matt Montowski made a motion to approve the November 22 Board of Township Trustees regular meeting minutes as presented. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Matt Montowski made a motion to approve and pay the bills, including the last two payrolls, in the amount of $82,273.61. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


A thank you note from Tom and Joan Smith expressing appreciation for the service and dependable curbside pickup provided by township maintenance personnel.

A letter from Tom Letterhos requesting use of the community hall for a family function.

Trustees agreed Tom Letterhos could use the community hall and waived the fee.

A letter from the Ottawa County Engineer’s Office regarding the Ohio Department of Transportation Road Mileage Certification. As of December 31, 2016 the township is responsible for maintaining 12.705 miles of public roads.

A letter from Transcore regarding cancellation of services for maintenance of pole-mounted siren equipment.

A letter form the Ottawa County Community Foundation, Inc. requesting a donation.

A letter from Kalida Truck Equipment, Inc. regarding products and services offered.


Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw presented the November 2016 financial reports and bank reconciliation. There were no questions or concerns.


Police Chief John Gangway said he submitted a request to the Ohio Attorney General for reimbursement of continuing education training in 2016 of $880 ($220 per officer).

John Gangway said they received an estimate of $4,399 for repairs to the 2011 patrol car recently damaged when it came in contact with a deer.

John Gangway said the new officer started Monday, December 12.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow said Ken Gill has started repair work on the ditch pump located on Route 53.

Dan Barlow said the overhead garage door was recently damaged and is now in the process of being repaired. He said reverse sensors are being added to help eliminate future incidents.

Dan Barlow said he would like to improve the lighting illumining the Administration Building parking lot and the police department garage entrance.

Trustees agreed maintenance personnel should make the lighting enhancements as suggested.

Fire and Safety

Fire Chief Kevin Wylie gave a brief activity report and said the new fire fighters have been fitted for turnout gear with the final estimate from Fire-Safety Services coming in at $7,432.

Trustee previously approved purchase of turnout gear from Fire-Safety Services not to exceed $7,500.

Trustees thanked Kevin Wylie and fire department members for all their hard work in recent weeks.

A brief discussion took place regarding the fire at the compost facility. A letter was approved and signed by Trustee Chairman William Rofkar to submit to the OSS Solid Waste District requesting reimbursement for work invoiced by a contractor called in to help separate unburned brush during the fire.


Matt Montowski said there were five zoning permits, an appeal, and one map amendment in November with a total of $710.24 collected in fees.

New Business

Lee Short shared his architectural expertise regarding the chapel and steeple construction. He presented preliminary structural, electrical, and plumbing improvements likely required as well as the need to investigate the foundation if the chapel is to be used in the future.

A lengthy discussion took place regarding the chapel and its possible future use.

Diane Belden said the Park Board hosted a Children’s Fall Walk on Saturday, October 29, and the event was well attended. She said approximately 50 people participated in activities and enjoyed refreshments as they walked through the Cedar Meadow Nature Preserve. Diane Belden said it was the first visit to the preserve for several people in attendance.

Diane Belden said Saturday, December 17, is National Wreaths Across America Day. She said there will be two ceremonies at cemeteries in Ottawa County and wreaths placed at our veterans’ memorial. Diane Belden said the special presentation of wreaths and ceremony will come back to Catawba Island Cemetery next year.

Matt Montowski said the next Ottawa County Township Association meeting will be Thursday, January 19, at 6:00 p.m. at the Carroll Township Hall. He said James VanEerten will be presenting.

Matt Montowski made a motion to adjourn the meeting. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

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William Rofkar, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer