Minutes: February 12th, 2008

            The regular meeting of the Catawba Island Township Trustees was called to order by by chairman William Rofkar at 7:30 p.m. on February 12, 2008 in the conference room.  Present were William Rofkar, Robert Schroeder, Gary Mortus, Pat Cerny, Jack DeVore, Sheriff Robert Bratten, Randy Reidmaeir, Margie Marcinko, William Vondra, Steve Lovitt and Jeff Saffron.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the minutes as received seconded by Robert Schroeder.  Gary Mortus, aye; Robert Schroeder, aye; William Rofkar, aye.  Robert Schroeder made a motion to accept and pay the bills in the amount of $43,904.24, including the payroll seconded by Gary Mortus.  Robert Schroeder, aye; Gary Mortus, aye; William Rofkar, aye. 

            Correspondence included the Ottawa County Municipal Court Annual Report for 2007; Time Warner Cable informing of channel changes; application for grant funding for the Police and Fire Departments; Ottawa County Auditor’s Office renewal application for agricultural district; Ottawa County Sanitary Engineering Department notification of Water Main Corrosion Mitigation Project beginning on January 28, 2008.
Transcore siren maintenance contract renewal in the amount of $1358.00; Director of the U.S. Census Bureau stating Walter Wehenkel is our LUCA  contact person;thank you  note from Peg Bauman for the use of the Community Hall for walkers.

            Margie Marcinko questioned floating homes and Gary Mortus stated Pat Cerny, and one of our commission members will be attending a meeting at City Hall on February 28, 2008 in regard to putting floating homes in their zoning.  William Vondra questioned taxation in regard to floating homes. Land under water may be taxed, but not the home at this time.  There was also discussion of the rezoning proposal on Harbor Island.  In regard to the bridge on Harbor Island, the Trustees would like to have someone look at the structural quality of the bridge.  Mr. Vondra stated he thought the bridge seemed like a “beefy” structure.  William Rofkar stated that zoning hearing will be heard on February 27, 2008 in the Community Hall.  Mrs. Marcinko presented Pat Cerny with some correspondence and pictures from Harbor Island residents for the next meeting. 

            Jeff Saffron, Gem Beach Marina, stated they are trying to put together a run/walk to benefit the Humane Society and they are requesting permission to use the township roads and receive assistance from the Police Department for traffic control.  The Trustees do not have a problem but suggested the private area residents be talked to and the Police Department and Fire Department. 

            Ottawa County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy Reidmaier presented a 2007 year end Marine Patrol Report and requested support for the Marine Patrol.  Gary Mortus made a motion to pass a resolution to support the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol with a contribution of $6000.00 for the year 2008 seconded by Robert Schroeder.  Gary Mortus, aye; Robert Schroeder, nay; William Rofkar, aye. 

            Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the contract with Transore for the maintenance for the two tornado sirens seconded by Robert Schroeder in the amount of $1358.00.  Motion carried unanimously. 

            Robert Schroeder stated he will be attending the meeting in Port Clinton in regard to the floating homes on February 28th along with Gary Mortus and William

            Pat Cerny stated she received a quote from Tru Green for lawn maintenance. Pat also stated she received the certificate from the County Auditor stating the appropriations for each fund does not exceed the official estimated resources.  A refund was received from the Auditors office for property taxes in the amount of $1975.26.  Pat Cerny stated that Jim Stewart has been employed with the Catawba Island Township Police Department for more than eight years and the Township owes him for back vacation time and she would like to know if she should give him the hours or should we pay him.  William Rofkar stated he does not have a problem with him taking the time or the pay. Gary Mortus stated this would be one time error on our part and we would pay him but not to set a precedent.  The time or the pay would be left up to him. 

            William Rofkar stated the grinder that was looked at for on wheels for $135,000 and a modification to our front end loader with a disconnecting claw bucket for $10,000. Gary Mortus stated he is not comfortable with this at the present time. 

            Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn seconded by Robert Schroeder.  Gary Mortus, aye; Robert Schroeder, aye; William Rofkar, aye.



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