Township Meeting - 12/21/2005

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees, Newbury Township was called to order at 7:30 p.m., December 21, 2005, with all members present. Minutes of the previous meeting, including the Zoning Amendment hearing were read by the Fiscal Officer.  Mr. Quigley proposed a correction to the zoning Amendment hearing minutes, deleting section number 4 on page 83.   The previous meeting minutes were approved as read and the Zoning hearing minutes were approved as corrected upon a motion by Mr. Majeski, a second by Mr. Fioritto, and a unanimous affirmative vote.    It was noted that the zoning amendment changes approved at the previous meeting will go into effect on 1/7/06.

The trustees considered taking action on vacating an unused section of Kiwanis Drive, and it was noted that the County Engineer’s office had stated that this action would not reduce the total active township road mileage, nor reduce any outside funding to the township for road purposes.    It was also noted that taking this action for this section plus other inactive sections of map roadway would serve to reduce overall liability to the township.  Mr. Majeski moved that the trustees pass Resolution 20051221001, vacating a section of Kiwanis Drive.  Mr. Fioritto seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.

Mr. Quigley noted that the township had received a letter from Mr. Abe Cantor regarding the status of the All-Erection Crane case.  Mr. Quigley referred to a letter from the County Engineer’s office notifying the township of the likelihood of receiving a $128,000 Issue One grant with a $32,000 local match required for re-paving of Snow Road.

Mr. Quigley discussed the status of the grant projects affecting the Oberland Park property.   Mr. Majeski moved to authorize the Park Board to solicit proposals for the development of a land use plan for the 88 acres of the Oberland Park property.  Mr. Fioritto seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.

Mr. Quigley reported the he had received a report on cemetery property sales this year from Linda Phillips.  Mr. Quigley recognized Mr. Patrick Casseday regarding problems he had encountered attempting to purchase a cemetery lot in Newbury.   Mr. Quigley acknowledged these problems, and offered to meet with Mr. Casseday and Mr. Phillips as soon as possible.

Mr. Majeski suggested that the new board continue to follow the practice of advertising for zoning and other open positions by means of advertising in the Knightlines and in the newspaper.

At 8:20 p.m., Mr. Majeski moved to take a ten minute recess, Mr. Fioritto seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.  The trustees returned to regular session at 8:45 p.m.  Mr. Majeski moved to appoint Acting Police Chief Terry Aytay as permanent Police Chief.  Mr. Quigley seconded this motion, which carried with the vote as follows:  Mr. Quigley – yes, Mr. Majeski – yes, Mr. Fioritto - abstain.

Police activity reported by Chief Aytay included month-to-date included 36 calls, 498 miles patrolled, and 117 man-hours worked.  Chief Aytay expressed his thanks on behalf of the department to outgoing trustees Majeski and Fioritto, and looked forward to working with the new board and Mr. Lair next year.  Mr. Majeski reviewed the procedure for reporting street light outages with First Energy.  It was decided to deliver the surplus police vehicle to Mr. Battaglia’s residence once Mrs. Battaglia advised where it should be placed, with the title to be delivered once payment was received.

Fire activity by Chief Zimperman included 539 calls year-to-date, and 44 for November.  Chief Zimperman also reported that a second new squad vehicle would be delivered soon.

At the request of the Clerk, Mr. Majeski moved that the following appropriation transfers be made:

$365 from insurance-bonding to administration, hospitalization
$400 from Zoning-other to compensation of board members-zoning
$600 from police-insurance benefits to police salaries
$500 from police hospitalization to police supplies
$500 from zoning-other to administration, employers retirement contribution

Mr. Fioritto seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.

Mr. Quigley recognized Roger Mezak, President of the Newbury Joint Recreation Board.  At Mr. Mezak’s recommendation, Mr. Majeski moved to re-appoint Scott Acker to a one-year term ending 12/31/06 and Jim Ferry to a two year term, ending 12/31/07.  Mr. Fioritto seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.  Mr. Mezak submitted a letter to the trustees requesting that the trustees consider a $5000 appropriation for the Recreation Board’s annual needs for the year 2006.

Mr. Majeski asked that the record show his request that future boards of trustees preserve any monies received for sale of wetlands mitigation credits for use in park development or similar use, rather than having that money go directly into the General Fund for miscellaneous use.

This meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m., upon a motion by Mr. Majeski, a second by Mr. Fioritto, and a unanimous affirmative vote.


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  Glen Quigley – Chairman            Robert Fioritto – Vice Chairman       


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  William Majeski                     David Lair – Fiscal Officer