Minutes: April 23rd, 2019

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

April 23, 2019

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman William Rofkar on Tuesday, April 23, 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, Louie Wargo, Julie Wylie, Suzy Wittenmyer,
Rick Smetzer, Donald Schrock, Randy Riedmaier, and Jack DeVore.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Matt Montowski made a motion to approve the April 9, 2019 Board of Trustees regular meeting minutes as presented. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve and pay the bills, including the payroll, in the amount of $110,947.81. The total includes a payment of $26,730 to Masonry Construction for work on the Community Hall. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


Police Chief John Gangway said he would like to purchase a new traffic radar for the newest police vehicle. He said the state bid price for the Stalker brand radar package is $1,795. John Gangway said it is beneficial to have the same equipment in all the vehicles so when the part-time officer works or vehicles are traded around the equipment is the same.

Matt Montowski made a motion to purchase a Stalker Radar package through Applied Concepts at the state bid price not to exceed $1,900 including shipping. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

John Gangway said the police vehicle damaged by a deer is being repaired and should be complete and picked up this week. He said decals will be installed the following week.


Fire Chief Kevin Wylie reported the heavy rescue truck is being sent to Williams for annual preventive maintenance. He said they have started hose testing and have lost a few pieces of hose.

Louie Wargo said attending the Fire Department Instructors Conference was beneficial and he learned a lot regarding training and implementing new ideas and new equipment. Louis Wargo said he appreciated the Trustees support in helping to pay travel expenses to attend the conference.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow said the restrooms at the marina are now open and ready for the upcoming fishing tournament. He said brick work at the Community Hall is now complete. Dan Barlow said the shuffleboard courts at Heigel Park have been installed but have not been painted and sealed yet.

Dan Barlow said the French drain installed at Gem Beach is working well and with all the rain water lately he is pleased with the way it has worked out.

Dan Barlow said three lights at the West Harbor Boat Launch need repaired. He said an estimate was received from Stively Electric for $300 and from A.T. Emmett for $657.

Trustees agreed to contract with Stively Electric to complete the work for $300.

Dan Barlow said The Solid Waste District said there will be no more rounds for competitive funding grants so we will not be able to apply for the other half of the picnic tables requested.

Trustees agreed Dan Barlow should look into the price of regular picnic tables and possibly not accept the grant awarded for only half of the desired tables made of recycled materials.

Gary Mortus made a motion to participate in the mower lease program through Bill’s Implement for two mowers for a total of $3,600. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

New Business

Don Schrock, Trustee of Catawba Bay, asked what the Trustees could do regarding Muggy Road giving away as it enters Catawba Bay. Don Schrock said the association will take care of the water flowing into the pond at Catawba Bay but asked if the Trustees would take care of the concern on the other side of the road.

Dan Barlow said the concrete tile under the road has separated between the north side of the road and the pond at Catawba Bay. Dan Barlow said maybe a few boulders placed at the edge of the roadway would eliminate traffic driving over the area which is creating a hole.

William Rofkar said possibly a catch basin would help.

Trustees agreed to contact the Ottawa County Engineer and ask for suggestions regarding the situation.

Matt Montowski made a motion to pass a Resolution to support nuclear energy in Ohio.
William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Matt Montowski said the Zoning Commission will meet tomorrow to discuss a rezoning case and the Trustees will likely hear the case at the next scheduled meeting on May 14 at 7:30 p.m.

William Rofkar noted the passing of Richard Kolinko, the township’s former maintenance supervisor and assistant fire chief serving on the Catawba Island Fire Department for 23 years.

Gary Mortus made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Matt Montowski seconded the motion.
All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 8:12 p.m.

___________________________ _____________________________
William Rofkar, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer