Minutes: October 23rd, 2007

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Township Trustees was called to order by chairman Gary Mortus on October 23, 2007, 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.
Present were Gary Mortus, Robert Schroeder, William Rofkar, Pat Cerny, Steve May, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, and Jack DeVore.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

William Rofkar made a motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting including the Zoning Public Hearing seconded by Robert Schroeder.  William Rofkar, aye; Robert Schroeder, aye; Gary Mortus, aye.  Robert Schroeder made a motion to approve and pay the bills in the amount of $38,034.33 including the payroll seconded by William Rofkar.  Robert Schroeder, aye; William Rofkar, aye; Gary Mortus, aye.

Correspondence included a letter from Ottawa County Engineer in regard to increasing the fees for driveway permits to $100.00 with no deposit refund.  Easement document for the grinder pump at the Heigel Park from the Sanitary Engineer that needs to be executed.   Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control for a license transfer for South Passage Corp asking if the township requests a hearing.  Robert Cachet, 4511 East Linda Drive. letter written to the Ottawa County Engineer and copied to the Trustees in regard to drainage.  William Rofkar stated he talked to Mr. Cachet and David Brunkhorst will also speak to him about his drainage and then let the Trustees know the outcome.  Ottawa County Sheriff’s September report; Hylant Group, Becky Swisher stating there will be health coverage available through the Hylant Group.  Quote from Norwalk Landscaping for grinding yard waste in the amount of $4,308.00.  Ottawa County Engineer’s Office confirming the striping program.  Franklin County Treasurer with notice of estate receipt of Annritta Sullivan. 

Dan Barlow stated the new fire truck will be arriving shortly. The Trustees stated the discussion of disposal of Truck 221 wil be done after the arrival of the new truck.  l  Two firemen are attending school to become instructors and there are two new firemen going to basic fire school.

John Gangway gave a report on the 800 radios.  Nextel is purchasing two of the counties five 800 frequencies in exchange for upgrading the equipment to allow this to happen.  This will interact with all digital radios in the area.  This will also be presented at the Township Association meeting on October 25, 2007 given by the Sheriff and Fred Peterson.  Grant money will also be available for this project and assistance from First Energy if needed.  The cost for the township upgrade would be around $25,000.   

Dan Barlow stated the Marina restroom is closed for the season and the Maintenance Department is preparing for the winter season.  The Heigel Park restroom is completed
except for the concrete pad.  Clean-up week went well. 

Steve May stated the CIC is  interested in the school for a residential facility for their seasonal staff.  It is not zoned for multi-family use.  They are thinking in terms of a PUD. 
William Rofkar suggested the CIC to draw up a proposal as to what they would like to do.  The township would like some of the land for parking.  The School Board is getting an appraisal.  Gary Mortus is concerned so it does not look like the township is trying to make this work for the CIC.  Each will keep the other apprised of what is going on.

Robert Schroeder questioned what Ken Gill is doing.  Pat Cerny stated he told her he is sorting stones and rocks. 

William Rofkar made a motion to enroll in the Ohio  Department of Administrative Services  natural gas cooperative purchasing program seconded by Robert Schroeder.  William Rofkar, aye; Robert Schroeder, aye; Gary Mortus, abstained.  William Rofkar made a motion to approve the quote from Norwalk Landscaping for grinding of yard waste seconded by Robert Schroeder.  Gary Mortus suggested waiting until the leaves are all picked up.  William Rofkar withdrew his motion and Robert Schroeder withdrew his second to the motion. 

Robert Schroeder suggested that when sales representatives come to the meeting, they should have to wait until the residents are finished speaking unless it is one of our insurance companies or regular vendors.  Point well taken.

Pat Cerny stated she filed the easements for the Carolina Street Project. 

Gary Mortus stated he talked to ODNR and the OSU Extension in regard to the pond. 
ODNR’s recommendation on the pond is “catch and release” is any catch smaller than 18 inches, everything else can be kept.  Gary Mortus stated we have to look back at the decisions from the Board of Appeals meetings in regard to the hauling in and hauling out.  Pat Cerny stated Dave Gill said this is the development of natural resources that he was given permission to do.

Robert Schroeder made a motion to adjourn seconded by William Rofkar.  Robert Schroeder aye; William Rofkar, aye; Gary Mortus, aye.    8:32p.m.


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