Minutes: March 14th, 2006

     Regular meeting of the Catawba Island Township Trustees was held March 14, 2006 in the conference room with all present; also Pat Cerny, John Smothers, Reggie Langford, Mike Prosser and twenty residents.

      Chairman Gary Mortus called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

A motion was made by Robert Schroeder and seconded by William Rofkar to approve the minutes of the last meeting in February as submitted and to be posted.  All voted aye.

A motion was made by William Rofkar and seconded by Robert Schroeder to pay the bills in the amount of $58,571.96.  All voted aye.

4093 F.S.I. Disposal 206.00
4094 Ottawa County Sanitary Engineer 335.25
4095 Nextel Communications 429.02
4096 Columbia Gas of Ohio 2724.39
4097 Ohio Edison 1897.30
4098 O.E. Meyer Company 85.70
4099 Businet Inc. 108.96
4100 Port Clinton Hardware Inc. 51.40
4101 Beck Suppliers, Inc. 1327.25
4102 Cintas Corporation 87.08
4103 First Communications 26.12
4104 TransCore 1358.32
4105 Garner Sanitation Services Inc. 81.75
4106 Gem Beach Marina, Inc. 6.37
4107 Adkins Sanitation LTD 227.50
4108 James D. Caldwell 144.11
4109 Robert Christiansen, Jr. 135.29
4110 William Moore, Jr. 59.19
4128 Bassett’s Market 190.55
4129 East Perry Parts, Inc.         17.49
4130 Valley Industrial Products Inc. 20.60
4131 Lakecraft Corporation 21.90
4132 S & D Industrial Supply Co. 67.17
4133 Newell Equipment Inc. 24432.00
4134 Newspaper Network of Central Ohio 144.02
4135 Fire-Safety Services, Inc. 4177.95
4136 Spoerr Precast Concrete Inc.   22.50
4137 Ohio Insurance Services Agency Inc. 260.43
4138 Davenport Sign & Art, LLC 150.00
4139 Hylant Administrative Services, Inc. 392.00

     Correspondence included letter from Division of Liquor Control requesting transfer of D7 permit from Gary & Linda Allers to Richard E. Ferguston, Ottawa-Sandusky-Seneca County Joint Solid Waste Management District packet including update on Diestrict Changes, Ohio Department of Administrative Services including Quarterly Usage Report Notice, Ottawa County District Board of Health regarding District Advisory Council meeting on March 16 at 7:00 p.m., Ottawa Regional Planning Commission regarding final plat of Marsh’s Edge, John Kronberg withdrawing his Zoning request for the Hilton Hotel project. Marty Svensen stating his resignation from the Zoning Commission, Res & Associates including money orders for $10,000.00 from an anonymous donor, Hylant Group including endorsement adding a new 2006 Ford truck, DeAngelo Brothers contract to be signed for control of undesirable vegetation for 2006 and Ohio Auditor of State’s “Best Practices” regarding fraud.

      John Smothers reported Saturday, April 1st will be clean-up day for the Vollmer property including anyone that would like to volunteer to help. April 22nd there will be a reception given by the “Friend’s Group” at 3:00 p.m. behind the Fire Station for the public with an explanation of the trails available and also will have a biologist present. Only expense the Township will have this year will be for stone and if you decide on that trailer. Gary Mortus stated that was an excellent article in the Beacon on what the Park Board is doing.  Still haven’t made up his mind about the trailer. Bill Rofkar stated he feels the trailer would not be of any use in the Cemetery  and there are plenty trucks available for use.  John asked about insurance on residents working there and persons in the future using the trails and Gary stated he thought they would be but will check on it.

       Fire Chief Dan Barlow stated Engine 21 is twenty-three years old and the specifications are ready to advertise for a new pumper fire truck.  Any new radio equipment that may be needed will be paid the Fire Association. As for the maintenance department the new truck complete with snow removal equipment is lettered, insured and in service.

      A motion was made by Gary Mortus and seconded by Robert Schroeder to adopt Resolution to advertise for bids upon approval of the Prosecuting Attorney for a new fire truck.  The vote:  G. Mortus-aye, R. Schroeder-aye, W. Rofkar-aye.

      Eight residents from Catawba Bay and nine residents from Marsh’s Edge were present to see what the Township could do about Mr. Wiza acquiring pigs and the run-off from his property.  Gary Mortus read definition of “Agriculture” from Section 519.01 in the Ohio Revised Code and also Section 519.21 on prohibition of agricultural uses limited which confer no power on any Township Zoning or Board of Township Trustees.

Copies of same were available for anyone.  After many complaints and discussion Gary stated appreciate all the comments and pictures of Mr. Wiza’s property and will follow up on the situation.

        Zoning Inspector Pat Cerny read portion on parking lots in the AR District from the Zoning Regulations. In 1978 there was nothing on Commercial parking lots in the Resolution.  Mike Prosser stated when Catawba Island Club parking lot was put in it was not considered a Commercial parking lot. The book states you can have a parking lot in AR District if the restrictions are followed. This has been discussed with Pat but wanted to have the Board brought up to date on it. We are working on a sketch on what is needed at Mon Ami and will present it to you when completed and then it can be discussed with the County Engineer.

        William Rofkar made a motion to accept the withdrawal of the Zoning request by Heiberg Inc. and cancel the public hearing on March 20.  Robert Schroeder seconded the motion.  The vote:  G. Mortus-aye, R. Schroeder-aye, W. Rofkar-aye.

        Robert Schroeder made a motion to approve the transfer of a D7 permit from Gary and Linda Allers DBA Catawba Galley to Richard E. Ferguson DBA Ricks Catawba Café as requested without a public hearing.  William Rofkar seconded and all voted aye.

        Clerk stated had to transfer $75,000.00 from Star Ohio to checking account to cover warrants which was approved.

        Gary Mortus stated should watch purchases at Bassetts and he will be going to the Health Advisory Council meeting and will not be present for the Land Use Plan public hearing.

        A motion was made by Robert Schroeder and seconded by William Rofkar to adjourn at 9:00 p.m.  All voted aye.


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