Minutes: August 23th, 2005

     Zoning public hearing was held prior to the regular meeting by the Catawba Island Township Trustees on August 23, 2005 in the conference room with all present;  also Pat Cerny, Donna Mercurio and Rick Ehrbar.

    Chairman William Rofkar opened the hearing on Application #589523 to rezone property at 1742 Northwest Catawba Road from A to R-1 requested by Donna Mercurio and Rick Ehrbar.  Ottawa Regional Planning Commission and Zoning Commission both recommended rezoning.

     Gary Nortus made a motion to close the hearing for public input.  Robert Schroeder seonded and all voted aye.

     A motion was made by Robert Schroeder and seconded by Gary Mortus to approve Application 589523 to rezone property from A to R-1 as requested based on the Land Use Plan.  The vote: W. Rofkar-aye,  G. Mortus-aye,  R. Schroeder-aye.

      Gary Mortus made a motion to close the Zoning hearing.  Robert Schroeder seconded and all voted aye.

     Present for the business meeting were James Stouffer, Ann Rumpf, Gerri Ennemoser, Ross & Catherine Pfeiffer, Reggie Langford, Slate Kessler, Martin Joyce, Ken Bogard and Bonnie Thomas.

     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 previous meeting as submitted and to be posted.  All voted aye.  A motion was made by Robert Schroeder and seconded by Gary Mortus to pay the bills in the amount of $55,677.12.  All voted aye.

3480 Andrea Potter $100.00
3481 Myra Ohm 100.00
3482 RS Office Solutions 17.55
3483 Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield 13124.29
3484 Staples Credit Plan 82.25
3485 Erie Blacktop/Materials, Inc.            12223.61
3486 Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police Inc. 120.00
3487 Wal-Mart Community 130.40
3488 Tri Motor Sales Inc. 1370.32
3505 Treasurer, State of Ohio 273.31
3506 Michael W. Schifer 450.00
3507 Donís Body Shop 3786.00
3508 The UPS Store 105.71
3509 O.E. Meyer Company 144.75
3510 Verizon North 396.44
3511 LaFarge North America Inc. 90.14
Correspondence included letter from Mark Mulligan including copy of recorded documents of the Svete property, Ohio Division of Liquor Control requesting transfer of D1,D2,D3,D3A,D6 permits to Catawba Beverage LTD DBA Catawba Inn from DLOA Inc DBA Catawba Island Inn, copy of letter from Volunteer Firemenís Insurance Services including a document to be completed, Jack A. Woodruff regarding recycling, Interstate Gas Supply regarding agreement to renew rate of $1.049 per ccf. For next term, copy of letter from Spengler Nathanson PLL to Joseph Svete regarding court case, Auditor of State announcing replacement of  UAN computer, check for $2336.96 for second quarter motel tax and check for $639.47 for second half manufactured home tax.

      Martin Joyce stated he had attended a meeting in early spring regarding the storm sewer problem on North Carolina Street in Gem Beach.  His brother-in-law said there was a set of plans for this problem many years ago but he talked to County Engineer and he still has not seen any plans for this.

      Gary Mortus stated Dave Brunkhorst had been down here and looked at it and still does not have any reasonable way to fix the problem because of the road right-of-ways.  He is still working on it and we are trying to coordinate something with him so you know we have not forgotten about it but we do not have a resolution yet.

      Ken Bogard stated he heard there is a possibility a traffic light will be installed at Beach Club Road and feels residents should not have to wait for golf carts.

     Jim Stouffer stated would like to work with the Township to get  a light there, even if it would just be a flashing yellow light.  As for the golf carts Brunkhorst Engineering has designed an under pass of the road.  Under pass will be installed in January 2006  Would be glad to help financially for a traffic light and would work with the County, Township and ODOT  to get one for safety purposes.  Stated seeding will be done this week for the golf course and also will be making the  golf cart paths.

      Reggie Langford stated he made his final survey on the gypsy moth and had about 90-95% success and the job was very well done.

      Slate Kessler stated being the school levy will be on the ballot in November would like to know if there is any development on the location of the new elementary school.  Gary stated there are three sites on the table - original site, possibly part of the Vollmer property or corner of Northeast Catawba and Cemetery Roads. School Board feels there will be a new school on Catawba.

      Catherine Pfeiffer asked about the status of the Vollmer property?  Bill stated the letter from the Prosecuting Attorney has just been received and none of the Board has been able to read all of it yet.

      Zoning Inspector Pat Cerny stated she talked to Richard Corna about the heighth of his home under construction in Kennykirk.  He put in a lot of fill and neighbors are complaining about the drainage being he is so much higher.

      Robert Schroeder asked about the liquor permit transfer and Board agreed to approve the transfer of the permits as requested to new ownership of Catawba Inn without a hearing. Stated the Board should talk to Dan about the recycling problem and following discussion Board agreed to have Clerk call Amy Drummer to meet with the Board and Dan to discuss the problem.  County Commissioners would like to have two persons, possibly a Sr. citizen and a young person, appointed to serve on the Portage-Catawba Sewer & Water District.  Suggested Don Wetzel and Will Moore and Board agreed to submit these two names to the Commissioners.

     Gary Mortus stated he talked to Donna Kirkbride of Clean Ohio and she suggested we should sign the contract and get it back to her.  This would not lock us into the purchase of the Vollmer property.  Commitment is when you receive the money from the grant and he stated all the possible options. Need to discuss contract with Mark Mulligan and also the letter and documents received from him and will need to set up a special meeting.

      A motion was made by Gary Mortus and seconded by Robert Schroeder to adjourn.


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