Minutes: October 10th, 2023

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

October 10, 2023

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Matt Montowski on Tuesday, October 10, at 9:00 a.m. in the conference room of the administration building.

In attendance were: Diane Belden, William Rofkar, Matt Montowski, Karen Shaw,
John Gangway, Kevin Johnson, Kevin Gibbons, Marty Auxter, Dorothy Baker, William Baker,
Lisa Murphy, Fonda Robinson, Nancy Oreskovich, and Mary Jane Porozynski

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve the September 26, 2023, 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 last payroll, in the amount of $41,682.40. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


An email from Suzy Wittenmyer expressing appreciation for postings for the Jill Felber Concert attended by 400 people resulting in generous donations to update instruments for the school band.

An email from Jannah Wilson announcing the Park District of Ottawa County has opened the 2024 Parks and Trails Improvement Grant Program application for political subdivisions to apply for funding for outdoor recreation improvements.

A letter from Frank Harmon of Ohio Insurance Services Agency, Inc. regarding Delta Dental, Visions Service Plan, and Standard Life Insurance plan renewals.

A letter from Ottawa County regarding the Community Electric Aggregation Notification.

A letter from Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, a non-profit organization that administers grants to income eligible applicants for home repairs, and brochures to make available to the public.

The Fall 2023 Fairway Villa Times newsletter.


Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw presented the September 2023 financial reports and bank reconciliation. There were no questions or concerns.


Matt Montowski said there were thirteen zoning permits issued in September and three variances with a total of $2,347.12 collected in fees.


Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Johnson said the mulch grinding is complete at the compost facility. He said maintenance personnel will begin picking up leaves later in the week and will make one final brush pick up the first week of November. Kevin Johnson said they are gearing up for winter.


Fire Chief Kevin Gibbons said CIVFD members responded to 33 EMS calls and three fire calls for a total of 36 calls responded to in September.

Kevin Gibbons said the ground ladders will be tested the end of the week and the annual SCBA flow tests will be conducted later in the month.

Diane Belden reported Port Clinton EMS responded to a total of 172 EMS calls during the third quarter with an average response time of ten minutes. She said the total year to date is 382 EMS calls responded to by Port Clinton EMS compared to 399 a year ago at the same time.

Kevin Gibbons presented an estimate for repair of the 1985 GMC 7000 (CIVFD truck 25) from W.W. Williams for $3,642.51.

Diane Belden made a motion to approve repair of the 1985 GMC 700 (truck 25), by W.W. Williams at a cost not to exceed $3,700. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


Police Chief John Gangway presented a quote from JVS Garage Door to replace overhead door operators at the police station.

Diane Belden made a motion to contract with JVS to replace two overhead garage door openers at the police station for a total of $2,992. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

New Business

Diane Belden said the contractor ordered the fence for the pickleball courts and the wrong fence came in so they had to reorder. She said the contractor estimates two weeks for delivery.

William Baker said there were a lot of EMS runs to Miller’s Ferry in September and asked if the township gets billed for those runs.

Diane Belden said we do because they are picked up on Catawba so it counts as a Catawba run.

Fonda Robinson asked Trustees about the proposed property development on State Route 53 and asked if there was any truth to a rumor they would have to get water from another community?

Matt Montowski said it is in the works and they have two years to start building. He said the restaurant is not on the table at this time but they are planning to build approximately 14 houses and 22 condos. He said water is available at the location and he has not heard the rumors.

Lisa Murphy asked if there is an update on the property for sale on NW Catawba Road.

Matt Montowski said the Park District of Ottawa County plans to purchase the property but will not likely close until next spring.

William Rofkar made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Diane Belden seconded the motion.
All voted aye. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 9:25 a.m.

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Matt Montowski, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer