Minutes: August 14th, 2007

The regular meeting of the Catawba Island Township Trustees was called to order by chairman Gary Mortus at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room with all present.  Also present:  Pat Cerny, Jack DeVore, Mrs. Speier, Stan McCumber, Bill Fritz, Police Chief Robert Rogers.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

William Rofkar made a motion to accept the minutes of the previous meeting seconded by Robert Schroeder.  All voted aye.  Robert Schroeder made a motion to approve and pay the bills in the amount of $46,599.82 seconded by William Rofkar.  All voted aye.

See attached payment register.

Correspondence included Attachment “D” from the State Audit stating the acceptable topics for discussion in executive session; Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Month-End Report; Liquor Licensing fee distribution of $12,681.90; David Brunkhorst, Ottawa County Engineer, stating the Ottawa County Commissioners have passed a resolution to accept Bay Pointe Circle as Township Road #1167.  Mr. Mecurio (Ohio Shore Dev. Ltd.) has asked the road be named East Bay Shore Circle.  David Brunkhorst, Ottawa County Engineer Capital Improvement Report Round 22 Issue 1; United Way updating Wood County Agencies; 2nd half Real Estate Taxes of $384,142.02.

Mrs. Speier, Gem Beach, stated her cottage is still being flooded.  Gary Mortus stated we are still waiting for two parties to sign the easement.  She will try to contact one of the parties.  This project will also have to be rebid. 

Stan McCumber stated the Zoning Commission has been discussing floating homes, per the Trustee’s request,  and would like more direction on this matter.  There is very little zoning information on floating homes in regard to regulations.  Gary Mortus suggested talking to Jon Burton, our outside zoning attorney. 

Police Chief, Robert Rogers was in attendance to discuss golf carts.  Gary Mortus stated

there is a danger for the operator and the non-operator on public roads.  Robert Rogers stated six (6) citations have been written this summer and multiple warnings.  Robert Rogers stated Township Trustees have the authority to make the carts legal by creating a licensing program.  He stated he is not in favor of this.  Robert Rogers also stated to enforce this properly,  an officer will have to be assigned to areas four (4) or five (5) hours on a Saturday and Sunday and monitor golf carts only.  Utility vehicles are also becoming a problem because they are legal to operate on public roads if used for a maintenance vehicle for your property.  The bike path is also an issue.  The Police Department  will further their enforcement. 

A new police car is being considered.  Robert Rogers is happy with his SUV and stated there was a need for it but it is not a pursuit vehicle. 

Bill Fritz presented the Trustees with “dump observations”.  The Police Department will monitor the brush and yard waste area for illegal dumping.  Clean-up week will also be monitored.  Robert Rogers will report back to the Trustees in a month in regard to golf carts and yard waste dumping.      

William Rofkar stated the permit was received from the Building Department for the restroom and will be delivered the week of Labor Day.  The Township was going to remove trees from the Eagle Beach right of way area  but the Eagle Beach residents cannot agree on this so they will not be cut until an agreement is reached.  William Rofkar stated he received correspondence from David Brunkhorst in regard to the bike path and stated it is not physically possible to put bike paths on the Northwest Catawba Road.  William Rofkar would like to encourage the county, when they pave Northwest Catawba,  to extend the edge to make it wider for public safety.  The County Engineer’s opinion is not to encourage anything along side the road but William Rofkar would like to request this extension of the pavement.  Gary Mortus will talk to David Brunkhorst about this issue. 

Robert Schroeder stated that Bob Snyder is selling some sort of dump vehicles and he stated this is not zoned for car lots.  Gary Mortus and Pat Cerny will work on this.  Robert Schroeder also stated people are keeping fish from the pond.  Two applications were received for the fire department.  William Rofkar made a motion to approve the applications for probationary members seconded by Robert Schroeder.   All voted aye.

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

8:55 p.m.


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