Minutes: November 10th, 2020

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

November 10, 2020

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Matt Montowski on Tuesday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Hall located at 3307 NW Catawba Road.

In attendance were: Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Diane Belden, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow,
John Gangway, Dave Belden, Ann Rumpf, Corbin Carpenter, and Randy Riedmaier.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve the October 27, 2020 Board of Trustees regular meeting minutes as presented. Diane Belden seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Diane Belden made a motion to approve and pay the bills, including the payroll, in the amount of $65,079.02. The total includes a payment of $9,350 to Lake Erie Tree Service for mulch grinding and a payment of $6,236.15 to the Ottawa County Engineer’s Office for road striping. The total also includes vehicle repair payments to Judco, Inc. $3,400, Selking International $3,522.40 and W.W. Williams $3,520.19. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


A letter from the Ohio History Connection informing the township that the Union Chapel is being considered by the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, the Federal government’s official list of historic properties worthy of preservation.

An email from Dave Belden regarding School Choice stating in part “School Choice is fine in theory, but it is failing in practice and it serves to divert taxpayer monies to support some of those choices without transparency.” The email was in response to a question asked by Matt Montowski at a previous township meeting.

An email from Sergeant Corbin Carpenter of the Port Clinton Police Department requesting acquisition of Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department’s 1991 ambulance that Trustees plan to sell on govdeals.com.

An email from Marissa Randall regarding increased concerns about road safety in the Gen Beach community.

A letter from Joyful Connections regarding their continued service to a record number of families and a donation request.


Matt Montowski said there were fifteen zoning permits issued in October and two variances with a total of $1,879.30 collected in fees.


Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw presented the October 2020 financial reports and bank reconciliation. There were no questions or concerns.

Karen Shaw said the township received a check in the amount of $12,612.60 from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. She said the dividend equals the premium paid for the 2019 policy year and is intended to ease the financial pressures experienced amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Diane Belden made a motion to amend the Appropriation Resolution made on January 6, 2020 to include the additional appropriation for the Coronavirus Relief Fund of $164,082.35 and authorize the transfer of the full amount to the General Fund to reimburse the General Fund for police salaries from March 2, 2020 to October 14, 2020. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


Dan Barlow said Pavement Technology completed work on Moores Dock and Beach Club Roads. He said the catch basins have been installed in front of the fire station and maintenance building. Dan Barlow said all the trucks are back and in service and they are picking up leaves daily.

Trustees agreed to the purchase of a replacement shaft and pump for $500 from Oak Harbor Hydraulics.

Dan Barlow said Craig Koerpel of the Catawba Island Historical Society asked if the large sign on display in the back of the property could be carried in and installed in the annex building.

William Rofkar said if the CIHS wants to move the sign indoor at the Chapel they could, however township maintenance personnel are not to be involved with moving or handling the large sign.

New Business

Corbin Carpenter from the Port Clinton Police Department expressed a desire to acquire the CIVFD 1991 ambulance to establish a multifunction emergency response vehicle for their aerial drone unit, crime scene equipment, and to use as an incident command vehicle. He said they would mount a flat screen television inside the vehicle which could project live footage from the drone camera. Also, in the event of inclement weather, drone operators could operate the drone from inside the vehicle.

William Rofkar said in his research he believes the ambulance would not sell for more than $2,000. He said the Port Clinton Police Department has utilized their drone to assist the Catawba Island Police Department in the past. William Rofkar said he would like the township to consider donating the 1991 ambulance to the Port Clinton Police Department.

Matt Montowski and Diane Belden agreed donating the ambulance would be a good use of the vehicle and benefit township residents through mutual aid.

William Rofkar made a motion to donate the 1991 ambulance #227 to the Port Clinton Police Department. Diane Belden seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Diane Belden 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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Matt Montowski, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer