Minutes: April 9th, 2019

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

April 9, 2019

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

In attendance were: Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, Ernest Wylie, Kevin Wylie, Julie Wylie, Karen Graham, Craig Koerpel,
Bucky Kopf, Ryan Kopf, Bill VanDerGiessen, Randy Riedmaier, and Jack DeVore.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the March 26, 2019 Board of Trustees regular meeting minutes and the March 26, 2019 Special 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 payroll, in the amount of $29,156.53. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


A resolution from American Legion Post #113 of Port Clinton requesting a donation for decorating graves, conducting Memorial Services, and properly observing Memorial Day within the township.

An invitation from the Area Office on Aging to the Annual Educational and Informational Legislative Breakfast with Northwest Ohio’s Legislators and Elected Officials April 29, 2019.

The 2018 Annual Report from Joyful Connections and a letter requesting financial support.

The Spring 2019 Fairway Villas newsletter.


Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw presented the March 2019 financial reports and bank reconciliation. There were no questions or concerns.


Matt Montowski said there were nine zoning permits, a map amendment, and three variances issued in March with a total of $1,607.96 collected in fees.


Police Chief John Gangway said repairs to the police car and new decals should be complete by the end of the week.

John Gangway said he will be going to South Bass Island Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. to meet with public safety personnel to try to address Christmas in July and Mardi Gras weekend events including traffic control at the point near Miller’s Ferry and pedestrian concerns. He said the group will also discuss the Bash at the Bay event planned for August.


Fire Chief Kevin Wylie reported a total of 8 fire runs and 26 EMS runs for the month of February and 6 fire runs and 30 EMS runs in the month of March. He said they have had about 105 total calls to date.

Kevin Wylie presented a proposal from Bender Communications for six pages and six charges for a total of $2,796.

Gary Mortus made a motion to purchase six pagers and six chargers from Bender Communications at a cost not to exceed $3,100 including shipping. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

The Trustees agreed they want to have another work session with fire department members prior to the next regular meeting. Trustees agreed to meet at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow said the shuffleboard courts have been installed at Heigel Park and will be painted in the coming weeks. He said the basketball court is in need of repair and he will look into getting a quote from the company that repaired the tennis courts in 2016.

Dan Barlow said the brick work on the front of the Community Hall will be complete by the end of the week. He said Randy Smith is scheduled to complete work on the downspouts when Masonry Construction is finished with the brick work. Dan Barlow said a new sign for the hall will need to be created as the old sign will no longer fit.

Dan Barlow said the Competitive Funding Grant applied for through the Ottawa, Seneca, Sandusky Solid Waste District for poly picnic tables for use at Heigel Park was approved for only have of the requested number of tables. Consideration for the remaining tables will need to be through another grant or paid for by the township. He also said the restrooms at Heigel Park are operational.

Dan Barlow said the dump truck that was damaged the end of January will be going in for repairs next week. He also said maintenance personnel are ready for the township spring cleanup next Wednesday through the weekend.

Dan Barlow said he contacted the county engineer regarding a shallow berm on Muggy Road and the ditch that is getting washed out. The county engineer agreed to come out and take a look at the road.

Dan Barlow reported the backhoe software issue has been resolved and that the fuel filters needed changed.

New Business

Craig Koerpel of the Catawba Island Historical Society said they will open May 15 for the summer 2019 season. He said the historical society will take care of pest control on the inside of the chapel but asked that the township spray the outside of the building for bugs as per the lease agreement. Craig Koerpel updated Trustees on a few other chapel related projects.

Bucky Kopf spoke briefly about the minor deviation to the Harbors Edge Condominium General Development Plan approved by Trustees at the March 12 meeting. He said it is now necessary to revise the phasing line previously approved to allow for temporary construction routing that will cause less disruption to members of the Catawba Island Club with cart access to the driving range.

Bucky Kopf said Phase 6 now encompasses 25 building units and Phase 7 is now designed with 19 units as opposed to 22 units each when the minor deviation to Phase 6 was approved in March. In addition, the two proposed cul-de-sacs are now labeled to be 42’ and 56’ consequently, fire department vehicles should not have difficulty maneuvering around the Harbors Edge cul-de-sacs as other existing cul-de-sacs in the township were measured at between 35.5’ and 40’. Lastly, initial design of the improvements has resulted in some minor modifications to the alignments of the proposed sewers and water mains which have been updated on the plans.

Matt Montowski made a motion to approve a minor deviation for the Harbors Edge Condominium General Development Plan Phase 6 with the proposed change to the phasing line including proposed sewer and water mains updated on the plans and Phase 7 with the cul-de-sac radii information provided. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve a donation in the amount of $200 to the American Legion Post #113 of Port Clinton for observing Memorial Day, May 27, 2019 at Catawba Island Cemetery. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Gary Mortus made a motion to pass a resolution to participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Road Salt Contracts Awarded in 2019 and request 250 tons of salt.
Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Dan Barlow said the township will be required to accept the 250 tons of salt all in one shipment and may want to consider an addition to the current salt shed for future salt storage.

Matt Montowski said the Trustees attended the Ottawa County Township Association meeting Tuesday, April 9, hosted by the Ottawa County Engineers.

Matt Montowski made a motion to support the Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance. The Davis-Besse and Perry Nuclear facilities employee over 4,300 jobs and provide $510 million to the Ohio GDP, along with over $30 million in state and local tax revenues. The facility generates over 2,100 megawatts of stable, secure energy, and represent 90% of Ohio’s zero emissions electricity.
Gary Mortus 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 8:40 p.m.

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William Rofkar, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer