Minutes: September 23rd, 2003

     Regular meeting of the Catawba Island Township Trustees was held  September 23, 2003 in the conference room with all present; also Pat Cerny, James Stouffer, Robert, Linda and Brian Snyder and William Van Der Giessen.

     Chairman Gary Mortus opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.  A motion was made by Robert Schroeder and seconded by William Rofkar to approve the minutes of the previous meeting as sub-

Mitted and to be posted.  All voted aye.  A motion was made by William Rofkar and seconded to pay bills in the amount of $148,929.60.  All voted aye.

1244 Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield $9178.48
1245 Anthem Life Insurance Co. 543.69
1246 Hylant Administrative Services, Inc. 144.00
1247 Newell Equipment, Inc. 106,000.00
1248 A. T. Emmett, LLC 1486.67
1249 Meyer Design Inc. 45.00
1250 Castalia Trenching and Ready Mix, Inc. 126.50
1251 Signs and Blanks, Inc. 84.90
1252 Staples Credit Plan 33.05
1253 Superior Uniform Sales, Inc. 1026.76
1254 National Fire Protection Association 580.50
1255 Breathing Air Systems Division 849.80
1259 The SanBay Company 50.75
1260 Frederick Signs 101.00
1261 Dorothy Gulau 104.95
1291 Verizon North 531.93
1292 Wal-Mart Community 61.34
1293 Seven Limers, Inc. 119.97
1294 FanMark, Inc. 41.00
1295 News Herald 114.67

Correspondence included a Thank-you for business with Spoerr Precast Concrete celebrating their 70th Anniversary,  letter from Frank Gates Service Company regarding Ohio Workers’ Compensation group rating program, Adelphia regarding transformer booster boxes, Hylant Group enclosing endorsement to be added to Policy and Catawba Island Marina-South regarding Barnum Road.

     Jim Stouffer reported on progress of  Catawba-Cleveland Development project along Northwest Catawba Road and Beach Club Road.

     William Van Der Giessen asked if the Trustees  have stated their position on HB-218?  Gary stated  there has been a lot of discussion and a presentation but no action has been taken.

     Bill stated  one bus went to Columbus last week and two are going this week to support the passing of HB-218.  Would appreciate your support for this bill.

     Gary Mortus stated  will have the opportunity  tomorrow night at the Ottawa County Association meeting to talk to State Lobbyist, Michael Cochran of the State Association.  Understand there are a certain number of Township affected by this bill.

      Jim Stouffer stated the Senate has taken ODNR bill as their bill in an effort to counteract HB-218.  Talked to Title Company today and many of the deeds to property along the lake include low water line and if this bill does not pass ODNR can claim some of the property.  There has been many serious concerns on this bill.

      Bill Rofkar asked if there is a copy of this bill available and Jim will provide a copy of HB-218.

     Robert Snyder stated  if this bill passes, high water versus low water line, some property owners would not own some of their property and could refuse to pay taxes on it.  If HB-218 fails Ohio Department of Natural Resources would own some of the lake property.

      Zoning Inspector Pat Cerny stated the Lake-in-the-Woods  went thru  Board of Zoning Appeals and if modification is needed would it go back to the Board of Appeals?  Bob Schroeder said yes it would go back to Board of Appeals.  Presented second notice letter to James Toth, 4368 Peachton Drive, to remove junk vehicle-1983 Cadillac.  Rather than sending him a second notice Board agreed to send him a letter advising that it will be taken to Municipal Court for legal action.

       Robert Schroeder stated a permit for a storage building was issued to Catawba Mini Storage, 4789 Muggy Road and then was revoked after it was advertised for boat storage which is not permitted in C-3.

      Robert Snyder asked why the height has anything to do with a storage building.  In C-3 District commercial buildings up to thirty-feet high are permitted. Have had storage buildings there now since 1971 and boats have been stored in them.

      Gary Mortus stated C-4 is zoned for boat sales and boat storage but not C-3.

Bob Snyder stated previous to mini storage buildings  which he started in 1986 Commercial buildings were built in 1974,1976,1980 for a variety of things and boats were stored in them. The permit was not revoked until a month after it was issued and has a steel building ordered.

       Gary suggested going to the Board of Zoning Appeals and state your case and we would be willing to waive the $200.00 fee. This Board has to go by C-3 permitted uses and should get together and discuss a change to the C-3 District.

        Bill Rofkar stated the building is OK but just looking at the use which is not permitted in C-3.  Bob Schroeder stated because of the use is why the permit was revoked.

      A motion was made by Gary Mortus and seconded by Robert Schroeder to waive the fee for Robert Snyder to make application to comply with use in C-3 to the Board of Zoning Appeals.  All voted aye.

       Robert Schroeder stated after talking to Unocal was advised the property would have to be assessed for the extent of liability which would cost approximately $2000.00. Don’t think the Attorneys understand what I was trying to explain to them.  Read  copy of letter sent to the Corp of Engineers regarding Catawba Bay property.

       William Rofkar asked about setting dates for loading mulch and agreed it would be October 4 and 18 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Reported County required contractor to have sealed prints by another Engineer for the shelter house to be erected at Heigel Park. Engineer went over the prints and sealed the first page and County required each individual page be sealed so  it should be going up now.  When building is finished should come to our meeting and bring a time frame of everything that when on and penalty would be discussed.

       Clerk received call from Grace Chase regarding a new foundation under her parents (Zimmerman) stone and would pay for it. Following discussion Board agreed this would be under maintenance and there would be no cost. Asked about equipment in storage room as to what can be done with it and Board agreed it should be listed on inventory that it was disposed of.

      Gary Mortus made a motion to sell the present leaf vac to the city of Macedonia for $12,000.00. Robert Schroeder second and the vote:  G. Mortus-aye, W. Rofkar-aye, R. Schroeder-aye.

       Zoning Inspector read the minutes of Board of Appeals in 1999 regarding boat storage in Bob Snyder’s buildings.

       A motion was made by William Rofkar and seconded by Robert Schroeder to adjourn to executive session to discuss real estate transaction.  All voted aye.

         A motion was made by Robert Schroeder and seconded by William Rofkar to reconvene to regular session.  Alll voted aye.

      Gary Mortus presented letter from Catawba Island Marina-South including sketch for proposed berm improvement to Barnum Road at the intersection of  Northwest Catawba Road at no cost to the Township.

Board approved the proposal.

        A motion was made by William Rofkar and seconded by Robert Schroeder to adjourn.  All voted aye.


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