|Minutes: April 8th, 2008|
The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Township Trustees was called to order by chairman William Rofkar at 7:30 p.m. on April 8, 2008 in the conference room and began with the Pledge of Allegiance. Present: William Rofkar, Robert Schroeder, Gary Mortus, Pat Cerny, Reggie Langford, Mr. and Mrs. Uebbing, George Dufresne, Mrs. Bagwell, Walter Wehenkel, Pat Atkins and Dave Belden.
Robert Schroeder made a motion to approve the last meeting’s minutes seconded by Gary Mortus. Robert Schroeder, aye; Gary Mortus, aye; William Rofkar, aye. Gary Mortus made a motion to approve and pay the bills in the amount of $40,171.71 including the payroll seconded by Robert Schroeder. Gary Mortus, aye; Robert Schroeder, aye; William Rofkar, aye.
Correspondence included notice from Bob Hille, regarding the next meeting of Save Our Homes meeting date of April 17 at 5:30 and included was a summary of the March meeting. A thank you card from Aaron Willoughby and the FC Titans soccer team for the use of the Community Hall for practice; notice from IGS Interstate Gas Supply to sign up for a guaranteed rate. The township received $86,390.84 estate settlement; Anthem introducing 360o Health- a new direction in care.
William Rofkar stated Barnes Nursury gave the township a competitive bid for grinding and the Trustees are very pleased with their work at half the cost. Mulch loading will begin April 19th 8:00 to noon, except for April 28 and May 3rd, and continue until notified.
Mr. Ron Uebbing, 3750 Delwood Drive, stated he has a concern that the township took two of his decorative lawn boulders valued at over $500.00 with no notification or reason that they were taking them. A police report was filed and Mr. Uebbing provided photos of his boulders and his plowed up yard. Mr. Uebbing is requesting a written apology and that the boulders be placed in a reasonable location and stop over salting and killing his grass. William Rofkar stated the rocks are within the road right of way on the edge of the blacktop and the plow driver came through and hit the boulder and damaged the truck which is the second time this has happened. The last time the township moved the rock back. William Rofkar stated the law says we have the ability to remove things from the road right of way if the township deems it necessary. William Rofkar stated it was his call to have the rocks removed. William Rofkar stated he stopped at the Uebbing residence to talk to the Uebbings, but no one was home. He also stated Mr. Uebbing knows where the rocks are and he can put them back in his yard but not in the right of way. William Rofkar stated the township also checked with the County Engineer and the township is in its legal rights to remove the rocks. Gary Mortus stated the township does not owe the Uebbings an apology because the rocks were in the right of way and the township’s equipment was damaged as a result and salt damage is a given when you are cleaning roads, and Catawba does the best job in the area on snow removal and the School Board that is in the audience can attest to this. Gary Mortus stated to solve things we could put the rocks back behind the mail box and keep them off of the right of way so as not to damage the equipment. Gary Mortus stated when our plows hit something in the road right of way, it should be the responsibility of the property owner to pay for the damages to the township equipment because why should all the township residents pay for the damages to the equipment caused by another resident. Gary Mortus made a motion the township show no wrong doing in the taking of the rocks from the Uebbing’s property and replace them off of the road right of way in a designated area and at the Trustee’s business meeting, April 8, 2008, the Trustees have notified the Uebbings, at 3750 Delwood, that no items shall be in the road right of way to damage township snow plows. There was no second to the motion. Motion fails. William Rofkar stated the Uebbings can take their rocks and please do not put them in the right of way. William Rofkar also stated if it would not be that they had moved the rocks back at a previous time he would say there might have been a misunderstanding, but he knows for a fact the rocks were moved because he was involved in it.
Gary Mortus stated Red Cross is requesting we enter into another two year agreement to use the Community Hall for a shelter. Gary Mortus made a motion that the Trustees pass a resolution agreeing to use the Community Hall as a shelter seconded by William Rofkar. Robert Schroeder, aye; Gary Mortus, aye; William Rofkar, aye.
Pat Cerny stated that Matt Montowski would like to be considered for an alternate on the Zoning Commission. A list is being put together for the Boards. Pat Cerny also stated that Mike Long would like to return to the Board of Zoning Appeals as an alternate but on his terms. Pat Cerny has a note from Dan Barlow stating he would like to request a correction be made to the last meeting minutes in which it was stated that the Trustees were not kept informed in regards to the fire departments intention to pursue the purchase of a replacement fire boat for the department. Dan also enclosed a copy of his request to join together in this venture dated January 22, 2008. Gary Mortus stated there is no correction to be made. They failed to tell the Trustees they were meeting to look at the specs for a boat. There was no opportunity to sit down with them at their meetings. “ We can’t sit down with them if they do not tell us when they are meeting.”
The public hearing for the Trustees to hear the Harbor Island rezoning request will be Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the conference room.
William Rofkar stated he received a quote from Ken Gill for $3400.00 for 8 inches of washed sand to replace the mulch under the playground equipment. Gary Mortus stated when talking to vendors at the Winter Conference, they said sand was not ADA
Gary Mortus made a motion to enter into executive session to discuss the purchase of property for public purposes seconded by Robert Schroeder. Motion carried unanimously.
Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn from executive session and return to the regular meeting seconded by Robert Schroeder. Motion carried unanimously.
Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn seconded by Robert Schroeder. Gary Mortus, aye; Robert Schroeder, aye; William Rofkar, aye.