Minutes: March 26th, 2019

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

March 26, 2019

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman William Rofkar on Tuesday, March 26, 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, Will Moore Jr., Julie Wylie, Reggie Langford, Randy Riedmaier, and Jack DeVore.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Matt Montowski made a motion to approve the March 12, 2019 Board of Trustees regular meeting minutes and the March 12, 2019 Special 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 payroll, in the amount of $57,467.18. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


A letter from Louis Wargo requesting use of the Community Hall in May for a family function.

The Trustees agreed Louis Wargo can use the Community Hall and waived the fee.

An invitation from the Port Clinton Fire Department to meet the new EMS Department members and view the new equipment and facilities April 1, at the Fire Department on East State Street.

A notice from the Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control that all permits to sell alcoholic beverages in the township will expire on June 1, 2019 and that permit holders must file a renewal application. Ohio Revised Code provides the legislative authority with the right to object to the renewal of a permit and to request a hearing.


Fire Chief Kevin Wylie said Louis Wargo will be attending the Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indiana the week of April 8 and has asked if Trustees would consider reimbursing him for travel expenses like mileage, hotel, parking, and meals. He said tuition for the classes he will be attending is being paid for by his full-time employer.

Gary Mortus made a motion to reimburse Louis Wargo for travel expenses related to FDIC not to exceed $1,400. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

A discussion took place between Trustees and fire department members regarding EMS billing. It was agreed they are headed in the right direction but further examination needs to be made with regard to the possible changes required in reporting procedures at the fire department. William Rofkar and Kevin Wylie agreed they would like to set up a meeting with Danbury Fire Department members to ask about their current operations and EMS billing procedures.


Police Chief John Gangway said the new part time officer will begin Thursday and will train with Jim Stewart. John Gangway said the police vehicle damaged by a deer is scheduled for repair at Don’s Body Shop April 1.

John Gangway said they taped off the Community Hall parking lot over the weekend to keep it from becoming overflow parking for fisherman at the State Park. The parking lot needs to be available for individuals who have paid to rent the hall.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow discussed a new option for salt in the coming year from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). He said they will need a resolution in the near future with a commitment of tons to be ordered over the next season beginning in September.

Gary Mortus made a motion to withdraw the contract with Holcomb Materials for 100 ton of salt previously approved. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Dan Barlow said the backhoe is currently down and the problem is being investigated. He said the Community Hall brick work is progressing and looks good. Dan Barlow said he is working with Republic to order containers for the spring cleanup scheduled for April 17 through 21.

Dan Barlow said three LED lights are needed at the boat launch ramp. He said Rexel quoted $676.35 for the three lights not including installation. Dan Barlow said he will get a price quote for installation.

Trustees agreed three LED lights from Rexel for $676.35 can be purchased for installation at the marina boat launch ramp.

Dan Barlow discussed a tree that has fallen into another tree that borders township property in the Catawba Cliffs. He said homeowners of the bordering properties would like the township to drop the tree.

Trustees agreed to go look at the fallen tree and make a decision as to how to move forward.


Karen Shaw said the township received the first half Real Estate Property Tax Settlement in March with a net distribution of $856,822.64.

New Business

A discussion took place regarding the four applications received for the vacancy on the Parks Board. It was noted Brian Washburn’s application highlighted 25 years of involvement in wildlife conservation and management, forestry, grassland management and other environmental areas. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Forest Biology Degree and a Master of Wildlife and Fisheries Science Degree, he has conducted extensive research on wildlife habitats and served as a consultant for vegetation projects nationwide.

Gary Mortus made a motion to appoint Brian Washburn to the Parks Board. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Matt Montowski said he received an email from LuAnn Cooke looking for support from government entities for the proposed gas user fee increase closer to Governor DeWine’s original 18-cent request.

Gary Mortus made a motion to contract with Republic Services for a monthly rate of $86.70 each for weekly service at the Community Hall and the Maintenance building, and contract for the spring and fall clean up with rates of $145 per haul, $75 per delivery, and $49.50 per ton. Rates for the three contracts are locked in for two years with the next possible increase in 2020. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Matt Montowski made a motion to contract with Masonry Construction for installation of two shuffleboard courts for a total cost of $6,240 at Heigel Park near the picnic shelter. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

William Rofkar said he attended the Board of Health meeting on Thursday, March 21, and provided the Ottawa County District Board of Health Annual Report received at the meeting.

Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 8:36 p.m.

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William Rofkar, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer