Minutes: August 13th, 2019

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

August 13, 2019

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman William Rofkar on Tuesday, August 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room.

In attendance were: Gary Mortus, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, Kevin Wylie, Ernest Wylie, Theresa Gavarone, Jim Gavarone, Dennis Patthoff, Gary Kohli, Diane Belden, Reggie Langford, and Randy Riedmaier.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Matt Montowski made a motion to approve the July 23, 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 last payroll, in the amount of $55,462.66. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


Notification from the Ottawa County Board of Elections that the General Election will be held Tuesday, November 5. They also expressed appreciation for allowing use of the Community Hall as a polling location.

Certification from the Ottawa County Board of Health that the amount to be included in the Budget for our Taxing District for support of the General Health District for the fiscal year 2020 is $62,537.88.


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


Matt Montowski said there were seven zoning permits issued and one variance applied for in July with a total of $928.36 collected in fees.

Matt Montowski made a motion to accept Stephen Lonneman’s resignation from the Zoning Commission effective June 27. Gary Mortus seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


Police Chief John Gangway said the body style of the 2020 Ford Explorer police utility has changed slightly and they are waiting to see if the equipment package from the older model can be easily transferred to the new model and then he will present a bid package for a replacement vehicle.

John Gangway said they continue to make plans for police coverage for the large crowds anticipated for the Bash at the Bay event on August 29.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow presented a quote for crack seal material from D.J.L. Material and Supply.

Gary Mortus made a motion to contract with D.J.L. Material and Supply for $4,083.75 for crack seal material for the roads. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Dan Barlow said quotes will be forthcoming for completion of the fence at the West Harbor Boat Launch and for grinding at the compost facility.

Dan Barlow also discussed the need to make repairs at the West Harbor Boat Launch restrooms and said there will be portable restrooms available for use.


Fire Chief Kevin Wylie said for the month of July the fire department responded to seven fire calls and 48 EMS calls which included one mutual aid received and one given for a total of 55 calls.

New Business

State Senator Theresa Gavarone introduced herself and offered support in the future. She discussed local government funding and legislation she has been working on including the cyber security bill and a bill that addresses school bus safety.

Gary Kohli, Commissioner of the Ottawa County Park District, discussed the bike plan they have put together to tie the east end and the west end of the county together. He expressed interest in the opportunity for a potential bike trail through Catawba Island. Gary Kohli said much of the funding for such a trail comes from grant money but they have to have a detailed plan in place first.

Dennis Patthoff, Chairman of Friends of Ottawa County Parks, said they have started talking to individuals in Catawba and are working toward getting easements for a potential bike trail. He said they plan to meet with members of the Catawba Island Parks Board to discuss the Cedar Meadow Nature Preserve as a potential opportunity for the trail.

William Rofkar said he received a copy of the EMS agreement from the City of Port Clinton. He said the cost is $129,000 for the annual service plus $315 per run over 405 runs. William Rofkar said there is also a one-time fee of $35,000 for ALS equipment.

Trustees agreed to have the contract reviewed by the county prosecutor and to hold a special meeting to inform residents of the pending contractual agreement with the City of Port Clinton for EMS operations on Tuesday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. prior to the next regular meeting.

Matt Montowski made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Gary Mortus seconded the motion.
All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

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William Rofkar, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer