Minutes: July 13th, 2010


Chairman Gary Mortus called Public Hearing #543549 to order at 7:00 p.m. in the conference room on July 13, 2010.

In attendance: Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Pat Cerny, James and Susan Dole, Phil Whitt and Jack DeVore.

Gary Mortus gave an overview of the request for the rezoning of a portion of 5096 E. Sloan Street from the R-2 District to the C-3 District. The vacated portion of Converse Street is zoned R-2 while the remainder is zoned C-3. There is a single family home on the property and the applicant intends to sell the property and felt the R-2 would hinder the sale.

The Ottawa Regional Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning request based on the existing land uses and the Catawba Island Township Zoning Commission recommended the rezoning request to the Catawba Island Township Trustees for approval.

James Dole stated his intention of selling the property as the children are grown and their jobs have taken them out of the area and having a strip of R-2 property located within the borders of the C-3 property would hinder the sale to potential buyers.

Phil Whitt, adjoining property owner, does not have a problem with the request.

Matt Montowski made a motion to close the public portion of the hearing seconded by William Rofkar. All voted aye.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve the rezoning of the property from the R-2 to the C-3 District seconded by Matt Montowski. William Rofkar, aye, Matt Montowski, aye; Gary Mortus, aye. The zoning change will go into effect in thirty days.

William Rofkar made a motion to adjourn the public hearing seconded by Matt Montowski. All voted aye.

Gary Mortus Pat Cerny


The regular meeting of the Catawba Island Township Board of Trustees was called to order by chairman Gary Mortus at 7:30 p.m. on July 13, 2010 in the conference room.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

In attendance: Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Pat Cerny, Jack DeVore, Reggie Langford, William and Darlene Vandergiessen, John Gangway, Dan Barlow, Mrs. Montowski, Sr. and Cindy McAleair.

The minutes of the June 22nd were read and approved as read.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve and pay the bills in the amount of $44,692.07 seconded by Matt Montowski. All voted aye.

Correspondence: Bob and Kathy Walls writing a letter asking for help with the noxious condition of their neighbor’s grass at 2009 Northwest Catawba Road.

Kenneth P. Majoy, Chief of Police, Castalia Police Department requesting the purchase of two used video cameras from our Police Department for the sum of $250.00.

Todd Bickley, Director, Ottawa Regional Planning Commission regarding Sugar Rock Estates Lot 1 Replat, Final Plat, 3140 East Sunset Drive. The owners are proposing to divide Lot 1 into two lots and are asking if the Trustees have any comments on this split.

Invitation from Pamela J. Courtney, County Human Resources Director inviting board members and township trustees to a educational session provided by the Ottawa County Commissioners and Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan.

Michele Meehan, MT Business Technologies, Inc. stating they specialize in digital office solutions regarding the storage of documents.

Mary Taylor, CPA, Auditor of State stating the implementation of a UAN Hardware Surcharge Holiday saving their clients over $800,000.00 during the 9 months that the fee has been waived and stated it is also being extended.

Mary Evans Port Clinton Chapter Order of Easter Stars requesting the use of the Community Hall in October to make apple pies to raise money for 3 scholarships.

Invitation to 10th Anniversary of the Ottawa County Community Foundation at the Schedel Gardens September 19, 2010.

Fire Chief, John Gangway, regarding the gas grills at Come Sail Away, stated he sent out the letter and had a meeting with Mr. Curtis and the Association president. The fire in Sandusky was an exclamation point to this issue and the association is trying to force the owners with the gas grills on the decks to remove them and they are sending the letter
to the association shortly. John also stated there are bills from the fire department that are the Township’s responsibility and to simplify the matter, a check will be written to the fire department for reimburse- ment. John Gangway would also like to replace six lengths of fire hose that are bad and the best price is $90.00 a length and would be under $600.00. Permission granted.

Matt Montowski made a motion to honor the request to purchase unused salvage equipment from our police department to be sold to the Castalia Police Department for a sum of $250.00 seconded by William Rofkar. All voted aye.

Dan Barlow, Maintenance, stated the pond pump is not operating. It can be replaced for a sum of $468.00. Dan would also like to put in a request to the county for equipment to move the two compost piles to open up the space which requires a trustee signature. The roof bids will be acted on at the next meeting.

Frank Harmon, Ohio Insurance Services Agency, Inc. sent a benefit comparison for the Accident & Health policy for the township’s Volunteer Fire Department at our request. A rate reduction is possible
with a signed Agent of Record Letter returned to their office. The insurance will be the same, the township is only changing agents.

Matt Montowski received a letter from Greg Russel of Gem Beach complaining about golf carts. He would like a golf cart lane installed on Twin Beach Rd. by the township. Jack DeVore stated they have installed speed bumps and the people are going around them through the yards. Someone then cut the speed bumps and twisted them so they could go through them. John Gangway then gave an explanation of golf carts and the problems related.
Pat Cerny stated she spoke with the soccer people and they will work their schedules out between the teams. Schedules will also be provided to the township.

William Rofkar made a motion to adjourn seconded by Matt Montowski. All voted aye.

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