Minutes: June 11th, 2019

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

June 11, 2019

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

In attendance were: Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, John Gangway, Ernest Wylie, Kevin Wylie, Julie Wylie, Phillip Dysard, Len Partin, Bob Christiansen,
Lawrene Montowski, and Randy Riedmaier.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the May 28, 2019 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 $59,590.88. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


A letter from Kevin Gibbons requesting use of the Community Hall on May 30, 2020 for a family function and as a volunteer fire department member requested the fee be waived.

Trustees agreed Kevin Gibbons could use the Community Hall and waived the rental fee.

A letter from Steve Lovitt of Gem Beach Marina regarding the Gem Beach Fourth of July Golf Cart Parade and requesting that the road be closed from the Gem Beach Marina, Twin Beach Road storage lot to the marine store beginning at 9:45 a.m. for approximately 45 minutes. He also requested the vintage township fire engine lead the parade if possible.

Trustees agreed police will close the road as requested for the parade.

Fire Chief Kevin Wylie said he is not certain if the vintage truck is available as requested.

A letter from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regarding the recent comprehensive inspection of the township compost facility and noting there were no violations discovered.

A letter from the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce announcing the creation of the fifth edition of the Joint Ottawa County Chamber Directory and offering an opportunity to advertise in the 2020-2021 Chamber Directory.


Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw presented the May 2019 financial reports and bank reconciliation. There were no questions or concerns.


Matt Montowski said there were nine zoning permits issued and eight variances applied for in May with a total of $2,822.92 collected in fees.


Police Chief John Gangway said he would coordinate with Dan Barlow for road closure signs and close the road for the Gem Beach Parade.

John Gangway said the 2014 Ford Explorer Police Utility will need to be replaced next and that he will present a quote when the new models become available.


Fire Chief Kevin Wylie said they were asked by the Port Clinton Fire Department to put a truck at Water Works Park for the Special Olympics Torch Run on June 23, 2019. He said the truck will only be out of the township briefly.

Kevin Wylie said as standards mandate some older hose will be going out of service next year and he will be getting quotes to replace 24 sections of 3” hose in the near future.


Gary Mortus, reporting for Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow, said that the cemetery surveying is complete and markers are back in place. He said they are working on getting estimates for drainage problems around the basketball court at Heigel Park and the picnic tables have been ordered.

Gary Mortus reported Hickory Ridge will be completed Wednesday per Gill Construction. He said the Tiger mower that is used to do ditch mowing is going to the shop and they will provide an estimate before repairs are made.

Finally, Gary Mortus said the pond fountain is accumulating a lot of mud and algae and Dan Barlow has obtained one quote to try and remedy the situation and is working on a second quote.

Gary Mortus made a motion to hire Jon Hickman, in addition to snow plowing, for other part-time maintenance labor work as needed at the casual labor rate of $14.00 per hour. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

New Business

Len Partin said he was present representing John Kronberg and following up on the letter sent requesting an extension for the approved Plan Unit Development (PUD) #008772 as submitted by Heiberg, Inc. for Wineside Residences at Mon Ami. He said the request was for an extension to December 31, 2020.

Len Partin gave an update on the project explaining unforeseen circumstances that have delayed plans and at this time they are not sure if the project will continue but more time is needed to work through some issues.

The Trustees discussed the request briefly and agreed on an extension of six months.

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve an extension for PUD Application #008772 to
December 31, 2019. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Phillip Dysard introduced himself as the new account manager for Palmer Energy Company and the County Commissioners Association Energy (CCAO) Electric Government Aggregation Program. He said the new rate is 5.04 cents per kilowatt hour and that is fixed through May of 2021.

Bob Christiansen expressed his concern with outside contractors bringing trailer loads of material to the compost facility and asked if the facility was for use by residents only. Bob Christiansen said he feels the compost facility has become an eye sore and would not mind if it were eliminated altogether.

Trustees confirmed the compost facility is for township residents only.

Gary Mortus said a gate has been ordered for the entrance and they are looking at options for eliminating unauthorized access.

Gary Mortus said Coastal Swing, LLC requested an Economic Development (TREX) transfer of a D-1 Permit. Gary Mortus said it is an indoor facility that will offer a golf type business.

Gary Mortus made a motion to endorse the permit and acknowledge that the transfer is an economic development project. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Matt Montowski made a motion to renew the contract with Hylant Administrative Services and Ohio Plan Risk Management, Inc. for township property and liability insurance for the year June 15, 2019 through June 15, 2020 in the amount of $34,180. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried

Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Matt Montowski seconded the motion.
All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

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William Rofkar, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer