|Minutes: July 12th, 2005|
The Catawba Island Township Trustees held their regular meeting on July 12, 2005 in the conference room with all present. Also present: Pat Cerny, Tom Canter Rick Brown, Mike Mellott representing the Vineyard on Catawba, Ann Rumpf, Reggie Langford, Slate Kessler and James Stouffer.
Chairman William Rofkar
opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. A motion was made by Gary
Mortus and seconded by Robert Schroeder to approve the minutes of the June
28th business meeting as submitted. All voted aye. A motion was made by
Robert Schroeder and seconded by Gary Mortus to pay the bills in the amount
of $31,311.54. All voted aye.
Correspondence included letters from Fire Chief Dan Barlow to Joseph Graf, 6070 Poplar, in regard to the illegal storage of a fuel tank in a storage shed, James Stouffer regarding the enhancement of the “Vollmer Preserve” proposal, Adelphia regarding the franchise with the Township and requiring a signature, Ottawa County Sanitary Engineer regarding the Sand Road water main replacement project in regard to a meeting on August 2, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at the Portage School gymnasium, Jim Sass regarding the OTA Summer Conference August 3-6, Sima Marine thanking Lt. John Gangway for his diligent response to a jet ski and trailer incident and thanking the Police Department for a great job, State Purchasing Program Enrollment information, Ohio Department of Natural Resources to learn about the coastal land conservation program, July 26,2005, 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Courthouse, Frank Gates thanking the Township for their continued
Participation in the Ohio Worker’s Compensation group rating program.
The representatives from the Vineyard on Catawba presented a revised plan for the south cul-de-sac area, backing off on their density and changing to single family dwellings instead of duplexes and tri-plexes The new concept would be a small group home assisted living consisting of two more facilities. The reserved single family dwellings would not have to wait to neighbor up. The density reduction would be from 162 ti 117 from the original master plan. Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the minor deviation in the PUD for the Vineyard on Catawba regarding the reduction of the density to 117. Robert Schroeder seconded the motion and all voted aye.
Reggie Langford stated the aerial spraying of the gypsy moths was successful. The ash borer has been introduced into the County and camp grounds will be the problem. Reggie has delivered information to Cedar Lane Campground,. Cedar Lane has gypsy moths and it did not receive the spraying because of the concern of the horse farm next door. Reggie will acquire gypsy moth traps and help Cedar Lane with their gypsy moths. Gary Mortus thanked Reggie for a job well done and thanked him for all the effort applied to this project.
James Stouffer asked if there are issues to be taken care of and stated a few weeks ago there was a road mud incident and it was taken care of immediately,.
Slate Kessler asked about the elementary school issue that was previously discussed and asked if the Trustees could discuss how this is going. Gary Mortus stated the School Board brought out their architect to look at the three sites. He looked at the tax map and the lay of the land. Bill Rofkar stated this will be up in the air at the present time and will be for awhile but the Township is willing to work with the School Board as far as being open to options that they may be interested in. Trustees feel a school is important to this area.
Ann Rumpf stated at the last meeting there was a letter read from the ODNR in regard to a fence on the beach at Gem Beach that was to be removed and it is still there. Pat Cerny stated ODNR has to be the enforcement agency.
Gary Mortus asked Pat Cerny to write a letter to Bob Fic’s wife thanking her for Bob’s service on the Zoning Commission and expressing condolences.
Robert Schroeder asked if the police cars are going to be auctioned off. Bill Rofkar has a copy of the contract for Government Deals to be looked at. He sees no red flags. They want 7.5% of whatever the vehicles sell for. Gary Mortus suggested that we have Mark Mulligan look at the contract. Bob Schroeder stated the spring on the garage door at the old fire station broke and it came down on the back of John Gangway’s pick-up truck.
Bob will call Becky Swisher and have John get an estimate to repair his truck The spring will also be repaired. Bill Rofkar asked JVS Garage Door Company for a price on replacing the doors on the old fire station. Bob Schroeder stated he will attend the summer conference and asked if the Township will pay the registration fee.
Gary Mortus made a motion to pay the registration fee, mileage and any expenses for the summer conference. William Rofkar seconded the motion and all voted aye.
Robert Schroeder stated the Chicken Barbecue was a success. Also asked if anyone has thought about the road salt deal. Gary Mortus stated there is no way the County can plow for $10,000.00. Bob would like to know what the cash value is. Gary thinks we should continue with the same contract as a lot of our overtime is spent on the West Road. Bill Rofkar stated if the Township does not plow the West Road, our quality of service will go down.
William Rofkar has a problem from the last business meeting in regard to the discussion of the employees. He stated if there are issues in the future it should be discussed with the Police Chief or Dan outside of the meeting. Bob Schroeder stated the employees could come to the meetings.
Gary Mortus asked permission to go ahead with a survey of the residents in regard to open space and paying for open space regarding a levy. Allison Falls and Carol Smith are willing to work on this. The plans would be given to the Trustees before it would be sent out to the public. Bill Rofkar stated we could put this on the ballot inexpensively stating how we want to fund things. Bob Schroeder asked if we could put the survey on the ballot
A ballot would be the least expensive. Gary will seek more information on this subject,.Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn. Robert Schroeder seconded and all voted aye