Minutes: September 12th, 2006

       Regular meeting of the Catawba Island Township Trustees was held Sept. 12, 2006 in the conference room with all present; also Pat Cerny, William Fritz, Meridith Beck and John Smothers.  Chairman Gary Mortus opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

     A motion was made by William Rofkar and seconded by Robert Schroeder to approve the minutes of the August 22nd meeting as submitted.  All voted aye.  A motion was made by Robert Schroeder and seconded by William Rofkar to pay the bills in the amount of $33, 744. 76.  All voted aye.

4612 Ohio Public Employee Retirement System $141.98
4613 Anthem Life Insurance Co. 621.31
4614 F.S.I. Disposal 235.00
4615 Port Clinton Glass 392.51
4616 Lafarge North America Inc. 122.55
4617 Ohio Insurance Services Agency, Inc. 260.43
4618 Greenbriar Environmental Enterprises, Inc. 167.05
4619 Ohio Edison Co. 3036.37
4620 First Communications 39.96

Spoerr Precast Concrete, Inc.

4622 Ottawa County Sanitary Engineer 508.45
4623 TrueGreen 94.79
4624 Vanguard Sentinel J.V.S.D. 335.00
4625 Garner Sanitation Services, Inc. 81.50
4626 RS Office Solutions 75.54
4627 Port Clinton Hardware 26.99
4628 Columbia Gas of Ohio 204.33
4629 Verizon North 278.20
4630 Nextel Communications 330.86
4631 Wal-Mart Community 39.49
4632 Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police Inc. 120.00
4633 Parts Associates, Inc. 204.60
4634 Bill’s Implement Sales 414.38
4636 Cintas Corporation 114.30
4637 Gordon Lumber Co. 507.96
4638 Bassett’s Market 192.24
4639 Lakeland Auto & Marine 275.87
4640 Fire-Safety Services Inc. 116.80
4641 FanMark, Inc. 129.68
4642 The SanBay Company 273.80
4643 Tractor Supply Credit Plan 7.85
4644 Beck Suppliers, Inc. 3206.56
4665 Dwayne Pennington 100.00

Correspondence included letter from Gem Beach Marina Inc. regarding the annual In-Water Boat Show, Wyandot County Auditor requesting a refund in Estate Tax,  Time Warner Cable updating the carriage of the NFL Network, Ottawa County Budget Commission approval of distribution to the Township for Local Government in the amount of $29,527.59 and Local Government Revenue Assistance $6335.96 and a Resolution accepting mileage amounts, copy of letter from Sheriff’s Office to the Police Department thanking them for their assistance and check for $90.00 from Don’s Body Shop for reimbursement of two cars that had been towed.

John Smothers stated the Park Board is not interested in the cabins.  All four can be removed.  The new neighbor may be interested in renting the pole building from the township.  The Park Board would rather not have it rented.  Meredith Beck suggested moving the building.  The options will be considered.  John Smothers stated a forester

walked the trails at the Nature Trail and said the Norway Maples are a problem and need to be girdled by the paths and drop some that are away from the paths.  He would come back and mark them.  In ten years, this will not be a nice woods.  Nothing can grow because of the shade.  William Rofkar stated he would like to see these areas stay as natural as possible and not remove trees.  It should be a natural evolution.   The Trustees would like to see the trees after they are marked by the forester.  Gary Mortus would also like to bring a professional he is acquainted with from the state parks to view this.  John Smother proposed a $2500.00 budget for one year for signage, two more benches, a newsletter, and a map with a brochure and a name for the preserve with the Trustee’s approval.  Robert Schroeder made a motion to approve $2500.00 for the Park Board, Gary Mortus seconded.  Invoices will be given to the township for approval.  William Rofkar suggested using the web site for information on the township park properties.  All voted aye. 

William Fritz proposed $4650 for a zero tolerance mower.   Bill’s Implements will take the 2005 tractor and trade that in for a zero tolerance new mower with a bag catcher at $1762.00, the mower at $5699.00 and the trade-in is $2350.00 equalling $4650.  The tractor purchased in April 13, 2005 has 599.8 hours.  The mower bought June 9, 2006

turned 160 hours on September 12, 2006 and a bagger can be put on this zero tolerance mower.  600 hours on the Prestige is about fifteen years of use.  William Rofkar made a motion to buy the mower at $4650.  Robert Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye. 

William Fritz commented on the excessive commercial use of the brush composting area and Gary Mortus suggested charging a dumping fee for commercial.  Gary Mortus also thanked William Fritz for the great job he does in the cemetery.

William Rofkar stated we received a bid from Norwalk Landscaping for $13,374.00 to grind the compost and brush.  William Rofkar made a motion to accept this proposal seconded by Robert Schroeder.  All voted aye.  William Rofkar will also get a price on replacement chairs for the Community Hall and a price for round tables.      

Pat Cerny asked the Trustees if they would like to meet with the Land Use Committee and Walter Wehenkel on September 26 at 6:30 p.m., and they agreed, to further discuss the Restricted Commercial District.

Robert Schroeder stated Robert Dankelfson, part-time police officer, is providing  around the clock police protection and he does a great job.  Robert also suggested expansion of the fire department.  Gary Mortus suggested getting rid of the tanker. 

Gary Mortus made a motion for a resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the County Auditor as 2.90 inside mill- $618,600.00 for General Fund and 2.30 outside mil= $96,445.00 for Police. 2.00 outside mil- $96,360.00 for Fire Fund. Robert Schroeder seconded and the vote: Mortus-aye, Schroeder-aye, Rofkar-aye.

      A motion was made by Robert Schroeder and seconded by William  Rofkar to adjourn at 8:35 p.m.. All voted aye.


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