Minutes: June 27th, 2006

The business meeting of the Catawba Island Township Trustees was held on June 27, 2006 in the conference room with all present; also Pat Cerny, Reggie Langford, Jack DeVore, Don Doughtery and James Stouffer.

Chairman Gary Mortus opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.  A motion was made by Robert Schroeder and seconded by William Rofkar to pay the bills in the amount of $91,030.87.  All voted aye.  A motion was made by William Rofkar and seconded by Robert Schroeder to approve the minutes of the June 13, 2006 meeting.  All voted aye.

4409 Frank Gates Service Company $2,642.00
4410 Robert J. Hille, Ottawa County Treasurer 350.47
4411 Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield 12,842.96
4412 Anthem Life Insurance 621.31
4413 Verizon 567.49
4414 Buhrows 482.31
4415 Fanmark 152.00
4416 Petty Cash 101.71
4417 Patricia Cerny 39.99
4418 West Group Payment Center 122.00
4419 Cardiac Science, Inc. 109.79
4426 Transmissions Unlimited, Inc. 813.40
4427 Staples Credit Plan 223.72
4428 Ohio Prairie Nursery 7,391.25
4429 Molnar Construction 640.00
4430 Seagrave Fire Apparatus Company 30,735.00
4431 Deangelo Brothers Inc. 2,500.00
4432 The Gordon Lumber Company 24.98
4433 Robert B. Rogers 31.36
4434 Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department 210.00

Correspondence included The Ohio Prairie Nursery thanking the Township for their business; Walter Wehenkel’s letter in regard to the text amendments initiated by the Catawba Island Township Zoning Commission with the recommendation of approval by the Commission.  Ottawa County Engineer’s Office requesting all townships seeking funding from their office, provide copies of their 2006 budget and 2005 expenditures by June 30, 2006.


Pat Cerny stated she called FSI to schedule next years clean-up week; May 7 through May 13 and October 15 through October 21.


Gary Mortus ststed there has been no additional animal waste dumping on the Balliette property which was confirmed by the Health Department.  The Soil and Water is currently working with Mr. Wiza and also the EPA is involved.  Nancy Osborn also confirmed there have been no additional dumpings.  William Rofkar is still concerned about the twenty feet between the animals and the catch basin on Muggy Road, twenty feet from the catch basin to where his fence is.  Gary Mortus will check with Mike Libben and Gary Mortus stated Mike Libben stated the water run-off this past period of time was ground water not sewage water.  Mr. Wiza is maintaining his waste the way he is supposed to.  Mr. Doughtery stated there is a commode on the second floor of the barn and there is no septic system.  It is draining into the tiles that go into the Catawba Bay.  Gary Mortus will contact Scott Young about this issue.


James Stouffer apologized for any road mud issues with the rain.  He also explained the drainage of the ponds and the greens.  Mr. Stouffer stated he would like to address the corner of Cemetery Road and Northwest Catawba Road.  He will bring in a sketch of an idea of a stone wall for the corner that will possibly say Catawba Island Township, the Administration and the Fire Department, just a natural corner stone.  The Trustees will consider this after seeing drawings.


Robert Schroeder stated the Police Department would like to hire Bob Dankelson for one day a week through September on the day the police are in court.  He comes with excellent references.  The Trustees agreed.  There is an application from a Mike Ebert who would like to become a volunteer fireman.  Gary Mortus made a motion to approve Mike Ebert as a new probationary fireman.  Robert Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.


Robert Schroeder stated he has a letter from an arborist in regard to the Norway Maples in the preserve.  The Park Board also thinks they should be controlled.  Gary Mortus has someone to look at this situation also.  William Rofkar has a concern with girdling trees and leaving dead trees standing. 


Robert Schroeder stated Dean Cleveland’s property in the Cliffs backs up to the Nature Preserve.  A large tree fell down with the root ball and Mr. Cleveland claims it is laying on his property.  The pins are trying to be located and if it is the townships tree, we will remove it.  William Rofkar stated the aerial photo looks like it is the township’s tree.


Gary Mortus stated he has been working with Dave Brunkhort’s office in regard to shooting the elevations in Gem Beach and he discussed horizontal boring and there will be paperwork for the easements.


Robert Schroeder made a motion to adjourn.  William Rofkar seconded.  All voted aye.


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