Minutes: October 14th, 2003

    Catawba Island Township Trustees held their regular business meeting on October 14, 2003 in the conference room with all present;  also Pat Cerny, Reggie Langford, Steve May, Bob Christiansen.

     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 submitted and to be posted.  All voted aye.  A motion was made by William Rofkar and seconded by Robert Schroeder to pay bills in the amount of $138,935.87.  All voted aye.

1296 Postmaster- Bassett’s Market $74.00
1297 Ship & Shore, Inc. 174.00
1298 Bayside Comfort, Inc. 123.82
1299 Ohio Insurance Services Agency, Inc. 89.95
1300 Treasurer, State of Ohio 660.00
1301 The William Fall Group 2500.00
1302 Gordon Lumber Company 370.89
1303 Spoerr Precast Concrete, Inc. 860.10
1304 The USP Store 15.59
1305 Roto-Rooter 53.00
1306 Ottawa County Sanitary Engineer 350.92
1307 F.S.I. Disposal 215.00
1308 Columbia Gas of Ohio 132.80
1309 Verizon 50.02
1310 AllTell 166.88
1311 First Communications 69.65
1312 Ohio Edison Co.   2414.91
1313 The SanBay Company 89.40
1314 Port Clinton Hardware Inc. 82.78
1315 Lakeland Auto & Marine 71.98
1316 Smith Automotive, Inc. 77.64
1317 Buhrow’s Inc. 158.42
1318 Gerken Materials, Inc. 173.41
1319 Tonaco, Inc. 166.06
1320 Gem Beach Marina, Inc.           7.75
1321 Adkins Sanitation LTD. 390.00
1322 Beck Suppliers, Inc. 1746.20
1323 Cintas Corporation 105.75
1324 Ray’s Electronics, Inc. 80.45
1325 Petty Cash 91.67
1326 Minolta Corporation 4.50
1327 MPH Industries, Inc 3506.00
1328 FanMark Inc. 12.00
1329 Bassett’s Market 7.14
1330 Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department 40000.00
1331 Davids Insurance Agency 4766.00
1332 O.E. Meyer Company 255.00
1333 Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department 2750.00
1352 A. T. Emmett, LLC 241.99
1353 Hylant Administrative Services, Inc. 3061.00
1354 Dorothy Gulau 13.56
1355 Ken’s Body & Paint 744.72
1356 Baumann Chevrolet-Oldsmobile 1222.85
1357 Parts Associates, Inc. 124.64
1358 International Truck and Engine Corporation 51265.00
1359 News Herald 123.99
1360 LexisNexis Matthew Bender 122.70

Correspondence included  letter from Adelphia regarding changes to basic cable and Valuepaks being offered, Joint Solid Waste Management District offering public hearings to review and comment on the new solid waste management plan, VFIS Insurance regarding additional benefits to the existing policy for fire-fighters, copy of letter to Prosecuting Attorney from Attorneys and copy of reply to the Attorney from Mark Mulligan regarding the Unocal property , Ottawa County Engineer regarding contract awarded to Morton Salt including prices of salt delivered, Hylant Group including endorsements to present policy and check for $21706.66 for 2nd half Personal Property Tax  and 764.67 for Manufactured Homes Like Real Tax from the County Auditor

     Reggie Langford commented on the pond that it looked nice except for bubbles in it and what is being done with it.

     Bill Rofkar stated Molnar is trying to pump them out but it is not working.  They are not done yet because their pump is still setting here.

      Bob Schroeder suggested hiring a pond expert to find out what is wrong.

       Reggie suggested getting a big long boom truck with a bucket that digs ditches  along the back side to work thru the rocks and lift up the liner so bubbles could be pushed out.

      Steve May  asked if it was sealed along the sides and was advised it is and it seems the water under the liner has no place to go.

       Reggie stated there is a trench with conduit down to it so there can be electric so there can be a pump.

       Gary stated found a source for water from the water tower and now are in Phase II.

Reggie presented plastic bag with a gypsy moth  egg mass in it which was found in Joe Passabet’s tree and has found several egg masses in  his yard this spring.  This egg mass probably has about eight hundred gypsy moths in it and one gypsy moth eats about one square foot of foliage per day. The moths are back in Put-in-Bay and informed residents if nothing is done in due time there will be no trees and this can happen on Catawba Island.  Wonder if Trustees would like to pursue it and have someone come in and make a survey  with possibility of spending some funds  and go in  partially with property owners to spray the Island. In the worst areas.  That is what was done at Put-in-Bay and each property owner that was affected

With the trees incurred some of the cost to spray their own property and it is a well worth investment. Wanted to forwarn you if no action is taken the moths will take over  When he was at State Park he set traps and got many male moths.  Found some on the porch of his home and sprayed for them.

      Gary will call the Extension Service and ask about spraying and Reggie stated the Department of Agriculture sprayed the last time.

       Bob Christiansen asked about the sex offender living in the garage in Rittenhouse Acres?  Bob Schroeder stated  there is no toilet connected to the sewer line that runs to the  garage and heard he is moving to Port Clinton.

       Zoning Inspector stated the West Harbor Club was granted an extension of time to June 2004 to rebuild by the Board of Zoning Appeals.  Brian Snyder came in today and  wants the fee waivered to apply again to the Board of Appeals.  He was allowed to build the building but not the use of boat storage.

      Gary stated he definitely is not in favor of waiving the fee again and Bill Rofkar stated  it would have nothing to do with this Board if they didn’t like the decision and go to Common Pleas Court.

       Bob Schroeder stated he knows it is not right and just because he stored boats in there before is no reason to do it now.

        William Rofkar got the building permit for the shelter house in Heigel Park this morning and contractor should be coming in from Columbus and start tomorrow morning.

         Robert Schroeder made a motion to adopt a Resolution to support H.B. 218  William Rofkar seconded and the vote: G. Mortus-aye, W. Rofkar-aye, R. Schroeder-aye.

         Clerk stated there is a Cemetery problem again.  Sold grave site four in Section 31 to Jane McComb in 1996 and the headstone is on grave three.  I sold graves one,  two and three to Connie Focht and I show grave four to McComb on my map. In the book at the maintenance garage that shows the burials has grave four whited out and grave three for McComb and I have no burial permit for Richard McComb whose name is on the stone.  Board agreed that the stone should be moved to grave 4 that corresponds with the deed.

Didn’t have enough money in the Cemetery Fund to cover the wages this period.

      A motion was made by Robert Schroeder and seconded by William Rofkar to transfer $5000.00 from the General Fund to the Cemetery Fund to cover wages paid.  All voted aye.

      Gary Mortus received a call about joining TMACOG and  following discussion Board voted unanimously “No”..  Presented estimate from Norwalk Landscaping to grind brush at cost of $1500.00.

      A motion was made by William Rofkar and seconded by Robert Schroeder to award contract to Norwalk Landscaping to grind brush in the compost area at cost of $1500.00.  All voted aye.

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


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