Minutes: December 9th, 2003

    Catawba Island Township Trustees held their regular meeting on December 9, 2003 in the conference room with all present; also Pat Cerny, James Stouffer, Steve May, David Brunkhorst and Max Wheaton.

    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.  Robert Schroeder made a motion to pay the bills in the amount of $25,567.64. William Rofkar seconded the motion and all voted aye.

1515 Wal-Mart $100.00
1516 Ohio Insurance Services Agency, Inc. 89.95
1517 Rohrbachers Light Cron & Trimble Co., L.P.A. 898.93
1518 Masonry Construction Co., Inc. 5742.00
1519 Ottawa County Sanitary Engineer 323.94
1520 Ohio Edison Co. 1681.06
1521 Verizon North 69.90
1522 First Communications 71.95
1537 AllTel 165.31
1538 Port Clinton Hardware Inc. 32.89
1539 Frederick Signs 10.50
1540 Signs and Blanks, Inc. 223.35
1541 Smith Automotive Inc. 501.32
1542 Cintas Corporation 101.35
1543 Roto Rooter 40.00
1544 Lakeland Auto & Marine 136.84
1545 Tonaco, Inc. 156.32
1546 Beck Suppliers, Inc. 1294.78
1547 Bill’s Implement Sales Inc. 10.55
1548 Minolta Corporation 41.25
1549 Bassett’s Market 31.35
1550 JVS Garage Door Co. 113.20
1551 North Coast Polytechnic Institute Inc. 75.00
1552 Tri Motor Sales Inc. 188.91
1553 Ottawa Regional Planning Commission 140.00
1554 Transcore 395.00
1555 The SanBay Company 51.90
1556 Firelands Corporate Health Center 271.00
1557 Newell Equipment Inc. 1013.82
1558 News Herald 81.24
1559 Galls Incorporated 74.97

Correspondence included letter from Adelphia regarding cable television franchise, Ohio Department of Natural Resources regarding land acquisition grant, Ohio Insurance Services Agency regarding health insurance renewal including schedule of rate increase, John Carroll requesting more speed limit signs on Linda Drive, Rohrbachers Light Cron & Trimble Company, L.P.A. regarding Unocal property including bill for legal services, certificate of County Auditor that total appropriations from each fund do not exceed the official estimate of resources and check for $29,964.25 for estate tax.

      Jim Stouffer stated he appreciated the sound meeting last night and is going ahead with what was discussed.  Mike Schenk had a call from John Kronberg today and he had intended to be at that meeting but was called out for something. Mike encouraged him to call someone on the Board so he would know what was going on  and understand the seriousness of the issue.

      David Brunkhorst stated he will be running for County Engineer in 2004 and is making the rounds of attending  Trustee’s meetings to see what is going on in the County.  Took out petitions after the Nov. 4 election since Bob Steinmiller is going to retire.

      Max Wheaton, director of Ottawa County Transportation  Agency (OCTA), stated he is trying to have everyone understand  and be aware of what all OCTA does and the Fish shuttle that operated this summer. OCTA has only been in business since 2000 and it provides transportation in all of Ottawa County.  Presented brochures stating all the services and times of availability.

       Jim Stouffer asked about funding and Max stated 90% of the capital comes from Federal and State government and ODOT.  Operating expenses  is local and more than 50% of that comes MRDD and each County in Ohio has a board.

     Robert Schroeder stated since these Zoning hearings are so well attended we need more chairs and Board agreed to purchase a dozen folding chairs. He thinks there was something that was passes regarding sound issue when Mercurio’s had their restaurant with entertainment.  Maybe could be brought up before the Township Association and maybe contact the State Association.

     William Rofkar stated since Mr. Brunkhorst  is on the campaign trail we have been talking about a bike path on Northwest Catawba Road for years and asked David if pavement could be extended maybe a foot and make a wider berm

      David stated he would be willing to work on it to see if berms could be extended  but biggest concern would be if people would ride on it. West Road gets paved about every ten years and maybe could be looked into when doing the pavement program. Could have an easement and the striping on the roads could make a big difference.

      Bill stated the old ambulance will be advertised in the Ohio Township News  with sealed bids to be received on or before February 10, 2004 when they will be opened and read at the regular meeting.  Read

Fire Department application of Amie Wilson.

      A motion was made by Gary Mortus and seconded by William Rofkar to approve Amie Wilson as a probationary firefighter for one year. All voted aye.

      Gary Mortus explained the Nextell cellular phone plan and use of the phones was discussed.  Clerk asked about next meeting and Board agreed next regular meeting will be December 23 at 7:30 p.m. and reorganization meeting will be at

9:00 a.m. on December 30, 2003.  Bill Rofkar stated the furnace in the Fire Station is shot and will get prices on a new furnace.

      A motion was made by Robert Schroeder to appoint Ronald Bauman as public member of the Volunteer Firefighters Dependents Board for fiscal year 2004.  William Rofkar seconded and all voted aye.  Gary Mortus and Robert Schroeder volunteered to serve as legislative members on the Volunteer Firefighters Dependents Board for 2004.  Jordan Davenport and Michael Wilkins were fireman appointed.

      William Rofkar made a motion to adjourn to executive session for property transactions.  Robert Schroeder seconded the motion and all voted aye.

       A motion was made by William Rofkar and seconded by Gary Mortus to reconvene to regular business session.  All voted aye.

        Robert Schroeder made a motion to adjourn; William Rofkar second.  The vote:  G. Mortus-aye, William Rofkar-aye, R. Schroeder-aye.


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