Minutes: June 9th, 2020

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

June 9, 2020

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

In attendance were: Diane Belden, Matt Montowski, William Rofkar, Karen Shaw, Dan Barlow, John Gangway, John Pekar, Elen Pekar, Tony Rumpf, Ann Rumpf, Brent Bucci, Holly Bucci, David Belden, and Randy Riedmaier.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

William Rofkar made a motion to approve the May 26, 2020 Special Meeting minutes and the
May 26, 2020 Board of Trustees regular meeting minutes as presented. Diane Belden seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Diane Belden made a motion to approve and pay the bills, including the last payroll, in the amount of $46,932.93. The total includes a payment of $18,351.72 to Finley Fire Equipment for fire hose and nozzles. William Rofkar seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


A letter from James Stewart requesting use of the Community Hall on June 27 for a family gathering.

Trustees said the Community Hall has been closed since March and agreed the Community Hall will remain closed until at least August 1, 2020. Trustees said they will revisit opening the Community Hall if the governor lifts restrictions for gatherings of no more than ten individuals.

A letter from Judge Louis Wargo of The Ottawa County Municipal Court to all Law Enforcement Agencies and Township Officials regarding Rule 4 of the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure which mandates in part: “Where a person is arrested without a warrant the arresting officer shall…bring the arrested person without unnecessary delay before a court having jurisdiction of the offence, and shall file or cause to be filed a complaint describing the offense for which the person was arrested.”


Fiscal Officer Karen Shaw presented the May 2020 financial reports and bank reconciliation. There were no questions or concerns.


Matt Montowski said there were eleven zoning permits issued in May and three variances with a total of $1,482.84 collected in fees.


Diane Belden said the Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department Annual Chicken Barbeque has been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Diane Belden said nine CIVFD first responders are preparing medical backpacks to carry in their personal vehicles to arrive on scene ahead of Port Clinton EMS. She said first responders feel this will save time in arriving on scene as it is no longer necessary to first go to the station and drive the ambulance as they are not transporting. Police officers will also carry backpacks in police vehicles.


Maintenance Supervisor Dan Barlow said they have sealed cracks on Peachton, Konker, and Hickory Ridge Roads in preparation of Pavement Technology beginning work within the week. He said Pavement Technology will inform home owners prior to the start date.

Dan Barlow discussed the recent removal of vegetation around the curve on West Catawba Road. Dan Barlow said he is concerned with snow coming over the roadway during winter months and asked Trustees to consider talking with the new owners of the property about putting up snow fence for the winter season.

Dan Barlow said talks are continuing with the owner of Catawba Bay regarding the issue of flooding at the end of Muggy Road. He said more research is being done by the County Engineer’s Office with regard to the road and options for resolving the situation.

William Rofkar said he believes the issue is due to the pond installation at Catawba Bay and they will likely need to install a pump. William Rofkar said he will attend meetings with Dan Barlow regarding the flooding on Muggy Road.

William Rofkar said Trustees received an email from the County Engineer’s Office informing them that the widening of West Catawba Road from Cemetery Road to Sand Road is going to be delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and asked if Trustees would like to proceed with resurfacing Moores Dock and Beach Club Roads in order to get some paving done in 2020.

William Rofkar made a motion to proceed with 2020 Road Resurfacing for Moores Dock Road and Beach Club Road with estimates provided by the Ottawa County Engineer’s Office of $99,826 and $49,733 respectively. Diane Belden seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Dan Barlow said he would like to get estimates for electrical upgrades in the maintenance building and for the installation of a catch basin in front of the maintenance building in order to eliminate pooling water in front of the building.

Dan Barlow said maintenance personnel have completed the last leaf pick up until fall and they plan to install the third dock at the West Harbor Boat Launch within the week. He said there is also drainage work in the cemetery to be completed as time allows.

New Business

Trustees recognized the passing of Eugene Meisler who served over 25 years on the Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department as well as on the township Zoning Commission.

Tony Rumpf, Ann Rumpf, Brent Bucci and Holly Bucci discussed their concern with the deterioration of East Basin Drive in Gem Beach.

William Rofkar said Trustees are aware of the situation and as discussed at the last meeting they are looking into the matter. William Rofkar said Trustees feel the sea wall is on Gem Beach property. He said Trustees have been in contact with the Ottawa County Engineers Office as well as the Ottawa County Prosecutor in an effort to determine who is responsible for repairing the wall.

A discussion took place regarding the EMS contract with Port Clinton and the Put-In-Bay transports arriving by Miller Ferry counting in Catawba Island run counts. Trustees agreed a conversation with Put-In-Bay is necessary as the same applies for Portage Township when transports arrive at the airport. William Rofkar said times have changed and just because we provided transport for years at no cost does not mean the same for future runs.

Trustees agreed Heigle Park will open for use June 10.

Matt Montowski made a motion to renew the contract with Hylant Administrative Services and Ohio Plan Risk Management, Inc. for township property and liability insurance for the year June 15, 2020 through June 15, 2021 in the amount of $37,368. Diane Belden seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried

Diane Belden made a motion to adjourn the meeting. William Rofkar seconded the motion.
All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

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Matt Montowski, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer