Minutes: July 24th, 2018

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

July 24, 2018

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Gary Mortus on Tuesday, July 24, at 7:36 p.m. in the conference room.

In attendance were Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow,
John Gangway, Kevin Wylie, Ernie Wylie, Reggie Langford, Lawrene Montowski, Rick Smetzer, Randy Riedmaier, and Jack DeVore.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve the July 10, 2018 Board of Trustees regular meeting minutes as presented. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Matt Montowski made a motion to approve and pay the bills, including the last payroll, in the amount of $59,358.04. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


A letter from Gina Monaco, Sanitary Engineering Department, acknowledging the prompt and professional response effort provided by Catawba Island Township Police, Fire, and Maintenance personnel coordinating traffic control, initial spill clean-up, investigation and restoration activities while responding to the sludge tanker incident at the intersection of West Catawba and Northwest Catawba Road on July 11, 2018.

A letter from the Ohio Department of Taxation regarding the renewal and replacement of property tax levies.

The Summer 2018 Fairway Villas Times newsletter.


Police Chief John Gangway discussed additional police presence necessary for traffic control with the forty plus buses loaded with tourists convening at the Miller Boat Dock the morning of Saturday, July 21, for Christmas in July at Put-In-Bay. He said the major concern was that all the buses arrived at the same time instead of a few at a time like in years past. John Gangway said they also had an additional officer when the travelers returned from the island around 9:00 p.m. John Gangway said he will meet with the Ottawa County Sheriff in the coming weeks to discuss if improvements can be made in future years for traffic related to the Christmas in July weekend at Put-In-Bay and also to discuss the traffic and crowds anticipated for the Bash at the Bay event on August 30.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow said the Marina power is up and working and the light outside the police department is installed and operational. He said the underground drainage work at the cemetery is complete and they will continue monitor to make certain everything is draining properly prior to final grading and seeding work.

Dan Barlow said he is working with the Ottawa County Engineers office regarding installation of a French drain at Carolina Street to improve drainage in the area. He said they are also continuing to work on the drainage issue at Hickory Ridge.

New Business

Matt Montowski said he has noticed that the West Harbor Boat Launch has been very busy lately and he would like to see the construction materials placed on the site by a local contractor removed. Matt Montowski said he understands the material was supposed to be taken to another location by now but follow up will need to be made to make certain the items are removed promptly.

A lengthy discussion took place regarding the compost facility and continued concerns due to contaminants such as concrete and stone being dumped on site thus creating damage to grinding equipment and generating additional costs for repairs. Trustees agreed multiple options will be reviewed in the future in an effort to remedy the situation or the facility may need to be shut down.

Matt Montowski made a motion to adjourn the meeting. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

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Gary Mortus, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer