Minutes: February 9th, 2016

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

February 9, 2016

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman William Rofkar on Tuesday, February 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.

In attendance were: William Rofkar, Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, Jason Lewis, Deanne Kramer, Bill Kramer, Allen Stryker, Richard Smetzer, Diane Belden, Dave Belden, Randy Riedmaier, and Jack DeVore

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the January 26 Board of Township Trustees regular meeting minutes as presented. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Matt Montowski made a motion to approve and pay the bills, including the last payroll, in the amount of $44,960.60. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


The following correspondence was received by the township:

A letter from Kevin Johnson requesting to use the Community Hall for a family function.

The Trustees agreed Kevin Johnson could use the Community Hall and waived the rental fee.

A letter from Jen Moore requesting use of the Community Hall for a Girl Scout “Lock In”.

The Trustees agreed the Girl Scout Troop supervised by Jen Moore and Paula Adkins is permitted to utilize the Community Hall for a Girl Scout “Lock In” and waived the fee.

A letter from Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan regarding the Ottawa County Drug Task Force Funding. The letter informed that through caution maintenance of donations from years past, they have a balance in the drug task force fund believed sufficient to carry them through 2016 and therefore will not be requesting financial donations for this year.

The Ottawa County Municipal Court 2015 Annual Report.

A safety recall notice for a township police vehicle.


Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw presented the January 2016 financial reports and bank reconciliation. There were no questions or concerns.

Fire and Safety

Fire Chief John Gangway said they are having an issue at the fire station regarding the tile floor installed in the radio room during the remodeling project. He said they have been working with Young’s Floor Covering to resolve the issue.

The Trustees agreed the tile floor should be replaced.

John Gangway said CIVFD new member Brian Washburn would like to begin EMT training.

The Trustees agreed Brian Washburn can begin EMT training at Vanguard in Fremont.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow presented quotes from Barnes Nursery $3,810 and Bailey’s $2,665 for removal of the large Oak tree in the cemetery.

Gary Mortus made a motion to contract with Bailey’s to remove the tree and grind out the stump for $2,665. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Gary Mortus said maintenance worker Ted Day recently celebrated eight years of continuous service with the township.


Matt Montowski said Matt Mecurio, developer requesting a zoning change in regard to the Dollar General, has requested a 90 day extension.

Gary Mortus made a motion to deny applicant Matt Mecurio any further extensions to his zoning request at this time. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

New Business

Jason Lewis, Refuge Manager for the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, said the Ottawa NWR recently purchased the Bradley Property along State Route 53 located just beyond the causeway entering Catawba Island Township. He said they intend to clear the small parcel of land to create a parking area and non-motorized boat access for the public. Jason Lewis said the water in the project location is very shallow and the area will be designed for a kayak and canoe launch in addition to public fishing access.

The Trustees agreed the employee’s termination date shall be the effective date for COBRA offered through Ohio Insurance Services.

Gary Mortus made a motion to continue the siren maintenance contract with Transcore for the year 2016. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

William Rofkar said at the October 13, 2015 meeting the Trustees approved the purchase of a Ford Explorer from Statewide Ford for the police department in the amount of $31,500. He said Police Chief Rogers has not been able to get the appropriate paperwork from Statewide Ford and would now like to purchase the car from Lebanon Ford.

William Rofkar made a motion to rescind the October 13th approval and approve the purchase of a new Ford Explorer through Lebanon Ford with a state bid price of $31,600 including new light bar equipment per provided quote. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

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William Rofkar, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer