Minutes: March 9th, 2021

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

March 9, 2021

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Diane Belden on Tuesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Hall located at 3307 NW Catawba Road.

In attendance were: Diane Belden, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw,
Kevin Johnson, John Gangway, Louis Wargo, Dan Barlow, James Stouffer, Dave Belden,
Randy Riedmaier, and Jack DeVore

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve the February 23, 2021 Board of Trustees regular meeting minutes as amended. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye.
Motion carried.

Matt Montowski made a motion to approve and pay the bills, including the payroll, in the amount of $46,307.35. The total includes a payment of $10,966.14 to Compass Minerals for salt. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


A letter from Cheryl and Kenneth McLaughlin requesting to sell back to the township two cemetery spaces purchased in 2009 for $225 each.

Trustees agreed to purchase the two spaces back for $450, the total price that was paid.

A letter from the Joint Solid Waste Management District requesting completion of a survey regarding the total pounds/tons recycled in 2020.

William Rofkar agreed to complete the survey as requested.

A letter from the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency regarding future radio system maintenance costs as Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (DBNPS) will cover 50% of these costs for the calendar year 2021. This is a change from years past as DBNPS has covered 100% of these costs for over 30 years. The cost of new batteries and radio equipment will continue to be invoiced at 100% to the user.


Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw presented the February financial reports and the bank reconciliation for January and February 2021. There were no questions or concerns.

Karen Shaw said the Annual Financial Report for the year ending December 31, 2020, has been submitted to the state and notification was sent to the Port Clinton News Herald for publication.


Matt Montowski said there were eight zoning permits issued in February with a total of $684.56 collected in fees.


Police Chief John Gangway said he would like to purchase 30 traffic cones from Lott Industries for a total cost of approximately $400.

Trustees agreed to the purchase of 30 traffic cones for the police department as requested.


Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Johnson said maintenance personnel have removed Christmas decorations and cleaned the cemetery for spring. He said they are getting the compost area ready for the spring clean up to be held Thursday, April 22, through Saturday, April 24.


Louis Wargo reported there were four fire runs and ten EMS runs made by Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department members during the month of February.

Louis Wargo said fire department member Dan Blakley signed up for an Emergency Medical Responder class and Fire Chief Gibbons would like the Trustees to reimburse him for the class and related mileage expense.

Matt Montowski made a motion to reimburse Dan Blakley $454 for the Emergency Medical Responder class he is taking through EHOVE Career Center and mileage. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

William Rofkar asked that in the future fire department personnel discuss training opportunities with the Trustees in advance so that payments can be made directly to the training facility rather than in the form of a reimbursement to a member after enrollment.

Louis Wargo said the new fire truck has been ordered and he will attend a prebuild conference in the near future.

New Business

William Rofkar discussed the Cooperative Boating Facility Grant application made available through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Watercraft. He said the program provides up to 100% reimbursement assistance to eligible political subdivisions and state/federal agencies for improving recreational boating access such as the township owned West Harbor Boat Launch. William Rofkar said a few examples the grant could be used for is to upgrade or build a new restroom, bury the overhead electrical wires that have been damaged in the past by sailboats, and possibly pave the access road. He said the township would be responsible for paying for the project in full and then could be reimbursed up to 100% since we do not charge for use of the facility.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve filing an application for Cooperative Boating Facility Grant financial assistance and authorize himself as Project Manager in order to file and execute the application with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. Vote on the motion: Matt Montowski, aye; Diane Belden, aye; William Rofkar, aye. Motion carried.

Diane Belden said she will attend the Ottawa County Health Department meeting on Thursday, March 11.

Matt Montowski made a motion to adjourn the meeting. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

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Diane Belden, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer