Minutes: June 28th, 2022

Catawba Island Township Board of Township Trustees

Meeting Minutes

June 28, 2022

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman William Rofkar on Tuesday, June 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room of the administration building.

In attendance were: William Rofkar, Matt Montowski, Diane Belden, Karen Shaw, John Gangway, Kevin Johnson, Dan Barlow, Brian Washburn, Ann Rumpf, William Baker, and Randy Riedmaier.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Diane Belden made a motion to approve the June 14, 2022 Board of Trustees public hearing minutes and 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 $70,777.58. Diane Belden seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.


A letter of congratulations from the Park District of Ottawa County notifying Trustees that the Cedar Meadow Trail Resurfacing project has been funded for the 2022 round of the Park District of Ottawa County Parks and Trails Improvement Grant Program. The reimbursing grant total is for $20,000.

William Rofkar said he would like to wait until the Catawba Island Parks Board reviews the documents and approves before he signs the grant contract.

A letter from the Park District of Ottawa County requesting use of the Community Hall on Tuesday, December 20, at 6 p.m. to hold a public meeting.

Trustees agreed the Park District of Ottawa County could use the Community Hall as requested and waived the rental fee.

A letter of compliance from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regarding the recent comprehensive inspection of the township compost site and notice there were no violations discovered.

A letter from the Ottawa County Board of Elections regarding the Community Hall as a voting day polling location and notice of the upcoming Second Primary Election to be held on August 2, 2022.

An email from Ohio Insurance Services regarding a notice from Anthem and transparency in coverage regulations.

An email from Scott Owens regarding Capital Projects recently approved by the Ohio General Assembly including $575,000 projects in Ottawa County and $1,800,000 projects in Erie County.

A postcard reminder from the Ottawa-Lucas East County Farm Service Agency that all acreage reports must be completed by July 15, 2022.

An email from Steve Lovitt of Gem Beach requesting the road be closed for the Fourth of July parade on Monday, July 4, for approximately 45 minutes.


Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Johnson presented a proposal from Fox’s Painting to paint the pavilion at Heigel Park for $3,750.

William Rofkar made a motion to contract with Fox’s Painting for $3,750 for painting the pavilion at Heigel Park. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Kevin Johnson discussed a potential deck mounted trimmer and the benefits of using in the cemetery.

Trustees agreed Kevin Johnson should look into the product and present an estimate at a future meeting for the trimmer and necessary line.

Kevin Johnson said they moved the old Cedar Meadow Nature Preserve sign and will begin construction of the new sign next week.

Kevin Johnson said barricades will be used to close the recycling area and post signs as necessary if the containers are filled to capacity over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Kevin Johnson said the one ton truck is in need of repair and he will take in for an estimate.

Matt Montowski said he received an email from Brian Schenko informing Trustees that the local youth soccer program will be holding a soccer camp July 12 and 13 at Heigel Park from 6 to 8 p.m.
He said Kevin Johnson has been informed and will have the park mowed prior to the camp.


Police Chief John Gangway asked if Trustees approved the closure of Twin Beach Road at Woodland and Carolina down to the Gem Beach store at Basin from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 4.

Trustee agreed to the road closure as requested by Steve Lovitt for the Gem Beach parade.

John Gangway presented quotes from the following:

Seacom Computer in the amount of $6,833 for five laptops for use in police cars including the vehicle power supply, installation of Windows 11, and antivirus installed on the five laptops and three office computers;

Statewide Emergency Products in the amount of $7,654 for five cradles and three passenger side mounts for cruiser laptops and five printer headrests plus labor and cables to install on site;

Insight Public Sector in the amount of $1,567.23 for five mobile printers and required cables;

Diane Belden made a motion to contract with Seacom Computer for $6,833; Statewide Emergency Products for $7,654, and Insight Public Sector for $1,567.23 for the five police vehicle laptops and all necessary equipment including installation on site as presented in provided quotes. Matt Montowski seconded the motion. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Trustees agreed Police can purchase Magtek card swipes for use with e-Citation driver’s license swipes for an amount not to exceed $500.

Trustees agreed Police can contract with Verizon for unlimited internet access utilizing Jetpacks in all five police vehicles for $195 monthly.


Brian Washburn reported Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department members responded to two fire calls in June, both false alarms, and 25 EMS runs.

Old Business

William Rofkar said as previously discussed Trustees have the ability to opt out of HB 172. He said the new fireworks legislation does not become effective until July 1, and the Trustees will hold a special meeting on July 1, at 9:00 a.m. to vote on the matter. He said it is the intent of the Trustees to pass a Resolution banning the discharge and explosion of consumer grade fireworks as it pertains to Ohio Revised Code 3743 and as recommended by township police and fire departments.

Trustees asked John Gangway to post the Special Meeting regarding fireworks on the Catawba Island Police Facebook page.

New Business

William Rofkar said there were no bids received for the West Harbor Boat Launch project. He agreed to look into options for rebidding the project.

Matt Montowski made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Diane Belden seconded the motion.
All voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

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William Rofkar, Chairman Karen Shaw, Fiscal Officer