|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.
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.