Minutes: June 7th, 2005

Catawba Island Township Trustees held their regular meeting on June 7, 2005 in the conference room with all present;  also Pat Cerny, Patrick Adkins-Port Clinton School District Superintendent, David Belden-School Board President and 27 residents.

     Chairman William Rofkar opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.  A motion was made by Robert Schroeder and seconded by Gary Mortus to approve the minutes of the May 24th business meeting and the May 31st special meeting as submitted. All voted aye.  A motion was made by Gary Mortus and seconded by Robert Schroeder to pay the bills in the amount of $88,683.21.  All voted aye.
3227 Maria Munoz $100.00
3228 Port Clinton Hardware Inc. 30.54
3229 F.S.I. Disposal 260.00
3230 Ohio Edison Co. 1748.66
3231 Columbia Gas of Ohio 766.58
3232 First Communications 63.66
3233 Verizon North 52.16
3234 Nextel Communications 432.36
3257 Parts Associates, Inc. 78.89
3258 The SanBay Company 47.18
3259 Smith Automotive Inc 216.02
3260 Firelands Corporate Health Center 49.00
3261 Beck Suppliers, Inc. 2841.07
3262 Cintas Corporation 108.85
3263 Wal-Mart Community 20.35
3264 Dennis Construction & Sanitation Inc. 169.40
3265 LaFarge North America Inc.     38.10
3266 Midway Marina, Inc. 45.25
3267 Matthew Bender & Company Inc. 97.15
3268 Statewide Emergency Products, LLC 311.00
3269 Lakeland Auto & Marine 190.80
3270 Bob Ruhe Ag Service 39300.00
3271 Spoerr Precast Concrete, Inc. 467.00
3272 Billís Implement Sales Inc. 419.49
3273 Ohio Insurance Services Agency, Inc. 260.41
3274 Ottawa County Sanitary Engineer 379.43
3275 Gallís Incorporated 91.91
3276 Fire-Safety Services Inc. 429.63
3277 Void -
3278 Jodi Benner 100.00
3279 Molnar Construction Inc. 19830.00

Correspondence included letters from Frank Gates Service Company stating group discount and group savings on Workersí Compensation including invoice to re-enroll for year 2006, copy of letter from County Engineer to Catawba West Harbor Club regarding cut in pavement without a permit, Ohio Township Association stating possibility of establishing a group buying program with Staples, Reggie Langford regarding gypsy moth and Bayside Comfort regarding preventative maintenance.

     Jim Stouffer stated he and his wife are here tonight as parents of young children and main concern tonight along with others present is to open up discussion with the Trustees and show support for building a new elementary school on Catawba Island.  Appreciate your time and effort spent with the school board and consideration for a new school.

     Steve Kessler stated he feels an elementary school on Catawba would be a tremendous asset for the community.  Know there has been some talk on the location and think the land on Northeast Catawba Road would be a very appropriate use and would like the Trustees to consider this location for a new school.

     Bill Rofkar stated discussion in the past did not come together with the levy etc. and this Board would be open to any kind of negotiation and/or suggestions with the School Board but there are no definite plans right now.

    Pat Adkins stated have progressed through building issues and Mr. Belden who is president of the School Board and I would like some discussion in executive session.

    Catherine Pfeiffer asked why executive session and Bill advised the law allows the Board to discuss property situations and personnel issues in executive session.

    Charles Elum stated always viewed this as his home for past twenty years and have grandchildren who come up here.  Feels education is one of the most important things in their life and thinks good schools also increase property values.

     Tom Anslow thanked the Board for spraying for the gypsy moth and asked what the situation is on the Vollmer property.

     Gary Mortus stated the application for the grant from Clean Ohio has been completed and was hand delivered to Columbus on Friday.

     A motion was made by Gary Mortus and seconded by Robert Schroeder to authorize the chairman of the Board of Catawba Island Township Trustees to apply to the OPWC for Clean Ohio Conservation Program funds and to enter into any agreements necessary and appropriate for obtaining financial assistance.  All voted aye.

      Gary reported on the contract with Mr. Svete regarding purchase of the Vollmer property which has been reviewed by the Prosecuting Attorney.  Township is not obligated to buy the property if we do not get the grant and also the property on North-East Road would, stay by contract, residential use and could not be changed to commercial. The deed would be in the name of Catawba Island Township if purchased and if the funding is approved by Clean Ohio.

      Gayla Price stated there has been some discussion on the portion of road from Linda Drive down to Moores Dock Road.  It is a private road but everyone uses it and we would like to make it a Township Road.

     Bill Rofkar stated the Township just canít take over a road. Whoever owns the road would have to grant an easement and it would have to meet County standards before it could be turned over to the Township

     Bill Roadwancy reported on the gates at Catawba Shores and doesnít know what the problem is. Gary stated a gate permit is issued after safety is considered and if the Fire Chief is satisfied and comfortable with it, the Board will accept it.  Fire Chief Dan Barlow stated officers of the Fire Department met and feels it does not meet the criteria of Section 11.  Two gates with a divider in the middle is not feasible for a fire truck to get through to the buildings. Bill stated the fire hydrant is by the road and if the parking lot is full of cars a fire truck couldnít get in anyway but an ambulance could.  Bob Schroeder stated the problem could have been solved if the application would have been properly filled in.  Gary stated the Home Owners Association and Fire Chief will have to have a meeting to get this problem solved because health and safety are the main issues.

    Zoning Inspector Pat Cerny received notice that the Court date was changed from

June 8 to June 15  for the case of Jason Taylor rentals in Colony Club.

   Robert Schroeder stated there has been a problem with the overhead doors at the Fire Station and JVS Garage Door Company has been working on them.

    Gary Mortus stated at the next meeting on June 28th there will be a zoning hearing for the James Rofkar property at 7:00 p.m.. Last meeting discussed alternates for Zoning Boards and also thing about joining the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce. Dues are $175.00 per year and feels it would be very profitable to have business ties.

     A motion was made by Gary Mortus and seconded by Robert Schroeder to appoint Marty Svenson as an alternate on the Zoning Commission for one year and Michael Long as an alternate on the Board of Zoning Appeals for one year.  All voted aye.

    A motion was made by Gary Mortus to enter into a purchase agreement for the Vollmer property reviewed by Mark Mulligan, our legal council. Robert Schroeder seconded the motion and the vote:  W. Rofkar-no, G, Mortus-aye, R. Schroeder-aye.

   Clerk stated there was so much employee time charged to the Cemetery there is not enough money in that fund.

    A motion was made by Gary Mortus and seconded by Robert Schroeder to adopt Resolution to transfer $10,000.00 from General Fund to Cemetery Fund. All voted aye.

    William Rofkar made a motion to adopt Resolution  to recognize Miller Boat Line for one hundred years of service in providing ferry transportation from Catawba Island Township to Put-in-Bay.  Gary Mortus seconded and all voted aye.

     Bill presented of bid of $2688.00 additional to complete work on compost area from Molnar Construction which was approved.  Presented bid from Christiansen Maintenance and Management Company for $1350.00 for electrical work at the Fire Station which was approved.

     A motion was made by William Rofkar and seconded by Gary Mortus to adjourn to executive session for discussion of property.  All voted aye.

     A motion was made by Robert Schroeder and seconded by Gary Mortus to reconvene to regular session.  All voted aye.

     Tom Anslow stated the Board should think about preserving heritage of Township property and the history of families and purchase the George Ellithorpe property on Northeast Catawba Road. It is for sale and probably will not be kept as agricultural property.

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


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