Minutes: July 13th, 2021

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

July 13, 2021

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Diane Belden on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room of the administration building.

In attendance were: Diane Belden, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, John Gangway,
Kevin Johnson, Ernie Wylie, Brian Washburn, Dan Barlow, Jeff Hickman, Ann Rumpf, and
Randy Riedmaier

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve the June 22, 2021 Board of Trustees regular meeting minutes as received. 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 $76,876.28. Included in the total is a payment of $32,250 to the City of Port Clinton for emergency medical services. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


A donation was received from the local TOPS group in appreciation of use of the Community Hall.

A donation for the police department was received in appreciation from Alfred Herold.

A donation in appreciation of the police department was also received from Hal and Diane Hawk.

An email from Craig Koerpel of the Catawba Island Historical Society requesting use of the Community Hall Wednesday, September 15, for a membership reception.

Trustees agreed the Catawba Island Historical Society could use the Hall and waived the rental fee.

A letter from Randy Riedmaier regarding the dedication of the Catawba Island Township Veterans Memorial Highway tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 11.

A letter from the Ottawa Regional Planning Commission regarding the Fiscal Year 2022 Assessment for services in support of the ORPC for the period July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 based on a population of 3,599 persons at a rate of $0.60 per person.

Matt Montowski made a motion to continue support of the Ottawa Regional Planning Commission for their services and pay the fee of $2,159.40. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

An email from Ottawa County Engineer Ron Lajti regarding a conversation he had with Quintin Smith about Wine Cellar Road and proposed upgrades that would need to be approved by the Township Board of Trustees.

A letter from Ron Lajti regarding Round 36 SCIP and LTIP administered by the Ohio Public Works Commission.

An email from the Black Swamp Conservancy regarding the Grand Opening of Dr. Robert L. Nehls Memorial Nature Preserve on Saturday, July 17, at 11:00 a.m.

An announcement from the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce regarding the 28th Annual Classic Car Show to be held Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. downtown.

The Fairway Villas Times Summer 2021 newsletter.


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


Matt Montowski said there were five zoning permits issued in June and one variance with a total of $980.08 collected in fees.

Matt Montowski said the zoning office has been informed of a home located at 4661 Woodland being advertised for short term rental and that a letter has been sent to the owner explaining the dwelling is to be used by the same occupants for a continual period of not less than (30) days and requested they refrain from short term rental so that no additional action would need to be taken.


Police Chief John Gangway said he priced optical sights for the department patrol rifles and received a quote in April from Keisler Police Supply for approximately $2,500. He asked Trustees for permission to use the recent donation to the Police Department for the purchase of optical sights.

Trustees agreed the purchase of optical sights would be a good use of the donation to the department.


Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Johnson said Lake Erie Tree Service is at the compost facility grinding mulch and the Kreimes Company is working on the various township parking lots as well as the road through the cemetery. Kevin Johnson said Stively Electric is still working on the administration building parking lot lights that continue to trip out. He also said maintenance personnel are working to fill cracks in the basketball court at Heigel Park.

Kevin Johnson said the backhoe is in need of service due to a steering issue.

Trustees agreed the backhoe should be repaired and an estimate for repairs is needed.

A brief discussion took place regarding the recycling containers which are usually emptied Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday but tend to get over filled on holiday weekends. John Gangway said the police monitor the situation and close access to the recycling containers as necessary when they are over filled and charge individuals that go around the barricades with trespassing.


Brian Washburn said CIVFD responded to six fire calls and ten EMS runs during the month of June.

Matt Montowski made a motion to accept the application from Isaiah Garza as a new member of the Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department for a one year probationary period having completed his background check and physical. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Brian Washburn discussed the possibility of a proclamation in honor of Don Rhodes, charter member of the Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department, to be read at his 90th birthday celebration to be held Wednesday, July 14, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Ottawa County Historical Society.

It was agreed Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department members would recognize Don Rhodes for everything he has done for the fire department as well as his many contributions to the community.

The Board of Trustees said they plan to attend the celebration and thank Don Rhodes for his contributions to the township.

Diane Belden said Port Clinton EMS responded to 26 calls in April, 46 calls in May, and 41 calls in June for a total of 113 EMS calls responded to in the township the second quarter of 2021 with an average response time of 9.45 minutes.

New Business

Jeff Hickman expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to serve on both the Catawba Island Fire Department and Police Department, and occasionally work with the maintenance department in the years prior to his service with the Sheriff’s Department. Jeff Hickman said he felt fortunate to have worked in the township that he lived in for so many years and said although he is moving from the area it was an honor and he thanked those he worked with during his years with the township.

Randy Riedmaier discussed the possibility of a dedication ceremony for the Catawba Island Township Veterans Memorial Highway on Saturday, September 11. Randy Riedmaier said he tentatively thought around noon at the sign for approximately 45 minutes and then travel to the Chapel to see the Catawba Island Historical Society’s display honoring the three veterans and possibly end at the administration building conference room to see the plaques on display. Randy Riedmaier agreed to coordinate the ceremony efforts including arranging for a speaker and contacting family members.

The Trustees supported the idea of a dedication ceremony on September 11 and Diane Belden agreed to be the point contact and work with Randy Riedmaier.

William Rofkar said he met with Quintin Smith regarding Wine Cellar Road that runs in front of Gideon Owen. He said there was an agreement with the previous owner of Mon Ami that they would maintain the median strip. William Rofkar said he told Quintin Smith if he wanted the township to maintain the median strip he would need in writing what trees or shrubs should be removed etc. William Rofkar suggested Quintin Smith come to a meeting if he wanted to discuss the matter further.

William Rofkar made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

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Diane Belden, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer