Minutes: July 26th, 2016

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

July 26, 2016

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman William Rofkar on Tuesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.

In attendance were: William Rofkar, Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, Karen Shaw,
Dan Barlow, John Gangway, Ernest Wylie, Roger Riachi, Scot Taylor, Dale Elmes, Melanie Terry, JoAnna Russell, Mark Waltz, Diane Belden, Reggie Langford, Randy Riedmaier, and Jack DeVore.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the July 12 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 $59,995.39. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


A letter of resignation from Zoning Inspector Walter Wehenkel, effective December 20, 2016.

A letter from the Black Swamp Conservancy announcing their upcoming visit to monitor the township property protected by conservation easements to ensure compliance.

A letter from the Ottawa County Land Bank Board of Directors regarding their effort to reduce blight throughout Ottawa County, strategically acquire properties, and work with cities, villages, townships, community groups and individuals to repurpose these properties into productive use.

An announcement from the Liberty Aviation Museum for an upcoming event August 6, 2016.


John Gangway said Catawba Island Police offices will soon be carrying Narcan following training with the Ottawa County Health Department.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow presented quotes for grinding mulch at the compost facility:
Barnes Nursery $3,900, David Price Metal Services $3,625, and Universal Farms $3,950.

Gary Mortus made a motion to contract with Universal Farms for $3,950 because there is no damage clause for unlimited exposure in their bid. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

The Trustees agreed casual labor personnel could be utilized as needed when working with the crack sealer to repair the roadways.

William Rofkar said the tennis court repairs should be completed by the end of the week.
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New Business

William Rofkar made a motion pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 505.87 to declare a public nuisance at 3705 NW Catawba Road and order the removal of excessive vegetation within 7 days or the township will remove it at the rate of $125 per hour. All costs to the township will then be placed on the tax duplicate and will become a lien on the property. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Roger Riachi shared ideas they have to enhance the marina at Boaters Point. He said they are looking into building a clubhouse, possibly 1,500 to 2,000 sq. ft., and a standard pool with deck. Roger Riachi said the small restaurant and bar would be seasonal with the opening and closing of the marina and likely open Thursday through Sunday, May through September with the season. He said they would be looking at transferring in a beer, wine, and liquor license.

The Trustees agreed they do not have any reservations at this time.

JoAnna Russell asked the Trustees if she could place a concrete bench in the cemetery in memory of her daughter who recently passed away.

The Trustees asked JoAnna Russell to work with Dan Barlow regarding placement and a foundation for the proposed bench.

Mark Waltz spoke on behalf of the Catawba Orchard Beach Association and a concern they have regarding runoff water from the surrounding areas. He was wondering if the various residential communities could work together to create a pump system to help alleviate the water runoff problem or if there was a provision within the township to help with the problem.

Gary Mortus said townships cannot get involved with water runoff issues on private property. Gary Mortus suggested he contact Ottawa County Engineer Ron Lajti and ask if a ditch petition was an option.

Diane Belden said the Wreaths Across American ceremony will not be held at Catawba Island Cemetery this year. She said the program will be done as a county project and they are planning to rotate the program and hold ceremonies at a few cemeteries each year on a four year cycle.

Gary Mortus said he and Dan Barlow will attend a meeting at the Ottawa County Engineers office regarding the road resurfacing project planned following Labor Day. He said they will also meet with Ron Lajti and Gem Beach Marina regarding improvements they want to make to the sea wall along Basin.

Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn the meeting. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

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William Rofkar, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer