Minutes: February 24th, 2004

    Catawba Island Township Trustees regular meeting was February 24, 2004 in the conference room with Robert Schroeder and  William Rofkar present; also Pat Cerny, Meredith Beck, John Smothers, James Stouffer, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Pogan and Kate Botti.

     Chairman Robert Schroeder opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.  A motion was made by William Rofkar and seconded by Robert Schroeder to approve the minutes of the previous meeting as sub-

Mitted and to be posted. Both voted aye.  William Rofkar made a motion to pay the bills in the amount of $44,411.14.  Robert Schroeder seconded the motion and both voted aye.            

1787 Michael Crawford $              100.00
1810 Transcore 658.16
1811 Anthem Life Insurance Co. 569.71
1812 F.S.I. Disposal 163.00
1813 The SanBay Co. 185.88
1814 Oak Harbor Hydraulics 256.20
1815 Newell Equipment Inc. 28.16
1816 Transmissions Unlimited Inc. 594.99
1817 Minolta Corporation 8.25
1818 FanMark Inc. 246.80
1819 Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield 11242.061
1820 Verizon North 545.93
1821 Wal-Mart Community 212.85
1822 News Herald 99.76
1823 James D. Caldwell 273.00
Correspondence included copy of letter from the Port Clinton Fire Department to Catawba Island Fire Department requesting  they respond to all fire calls in Gypsum east of Plasterbed Road while the bridge is closed on State Road., fourth quarter Motel Tax of $478.15, Board of Elections  regarding Primary Election on March 2, 2004 and Certificate of County Auditor that the total appropriations from each fund do not exceed the Official Estimate of Resources.

     Meredith Beck stated she and John Smothers are here to inquire about the “Prairie” project. Stated Mr. Blakeman submitted a proposal and in talking with him feels if any part of the project is going to be done it should be started now.

      Bob Schroeder stated could probably get Jim Sass to work it up and plant soy beans  Bill asked if parts of this proposal could be done as it seems extremely high.

      Jim Stouffer stated they planted about 500 trees and would be glad to donate some for this project.

       Bill stated it is 12.8 acres and his only reservation is that it is a lot of money.  Bob stated we have a unanimous donation of $10,000.00 so it would cost the Township $20,000.00.

        Meredith stated there is this long grass growing in the Vollmer property and this is the same thing that is in the Prairie project.  Another thing  is the National Wildlife Federation and another agency have schools on grasslands and teacher training on how to incorporate planting in this kind of project.

      Bob stated it will look terrible for a couple of years and Township would have to put some signs up there explaining what is going on.   Jim Stouffer stated Bill Hirt planted beans on some of his property and it is unbelievable how different the soil is after it has been worked up and harvested  for three years.

       Charles Pogan stated at the last meeting they  attended there was no one there from the Mon Ami and it was my understanding that someone was going to talk to them.  Last Saturday night could hear the drum beat with all the windows closed and the music was inside the building.  Called Bryon Sims at the Mon Ami about the music and he did not know there was a problem and my question is what happened that nobody went down there and talked to them?

       Bob Schroeder stated  he feels at this time of year did not think there was anything to worry  about  but it will be brought to the attention of the Zoning Commission tomorrow night. Don’t think it would do any good to go there and talk to them.

      Bill Rofkar asked what time it started and Mr. Pogan stated it was about 10:00 p.m.. Bill stated he wouldn’t mind running down  there to hear for himself so he gave Mr. Pogan his phone number to call him when the music is playing  If he could hear the music he would have something to compare  it with and would have something to work with as far as levels of music.  Not comfortable with the reservations on the books when not knowing much about the problem.

       Jim Stouffer stated times have changed and resolutions, decisions and standards can only be made from knowledge  and knowledge is based on fact.  Have decimal equipment and everyone likes sound at different levels.  This cannot be a quick decision but every effort will be made on research of the problem.  Talked to Mr. Kronberg and he will make every effort to solve this problem too.

      Pat Cerny received another letter  from Caren Jaminski stating more lines will be attached to the radio tower on Northwest Catawba Road and wanted her to sign the letter but Mark Mulligan told her not to sign.

       William Rofkar stated the shelter house at Heigel Park has not been settled yet but just let it ride until some one comes to a meeting.

       Clerk asked about the proposals from Thompson Landscaping but no decision was made.

      Robert Schroeder made a motion to appropriate $20,000.00 for the Prairie project and with the $10,000 donation would total $30,000.00.

      Bill Rofkar stated wouldn’t have a  problem with finding a farmer to do the preliminary work and then will know where we are for the cost.

      No second so motion died.

    Bob stated would like to get concrete markers at cost of $200.00 for the concrete to put around the flag post  in Veteran’s Memorial in the Cemetery. for each branch of the service .and employees could put a seal over top which was approved.

      A motion was made by William Rofkar and seconded by Robert Schroeder to adjourn. Both voted aye.


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