Township Meeting - 12/6/2006

The regularly scheduled meeting of Board of Township Trustees, Newbury Township was called to order at 7:30 p.m., December 6, 2006, with all members present.  Mr. Quigley welcomed all to join in the pledge of allegiance.   Mr. Skomrock moved and Mrs. Blair seconded the motion to approve and sign the minutes; this motion passed by unanimous vote.   Mr. Lair read Resolution 20061124001, honoring former Township Clerk and Trustee Arnold Bottger for his service to country and community, following his recent passing.  Mr. Quigley noted that the Financial Review Committee had met this evening to review the operation of the Zoning Department.

Mr. Quigley presented Resolution # 1206200601, a Resolution to Institute Injunctive Relief in the matter of violations of the Newbury Township Zoning Resolution situated on the property located at 14381 View Drive, Newbury, Ohio.  Ms. Blair moved that this resolution be adopted; Mr. Skomrock seconded this motion, saying that he did so reluctantly.  This resolution was then adopted by unanimous vote.  It was noted that adoption of this resolution represents a new procedure recommended by the County Prosecutor’s office.

Mr. Skomrock moved to not fund the Police Department in 2007; this motion was seconded by Mrs. Blair, and passed by unanimous vote.  It was noted that disposition of equipment would be determined later.  In answer to a question from Mr. Toth regarding non-funding of the police department versus a motion to simply close the department, Mr. Quigley stated that the department would not be in operation, but that the trustees did not know at this time all the ramifications of closure.  They are going to proceed carefully to make sure this process is done correctly.

Mr. Quigley announced that the township’s OTARMA insurance coverage would see a premium reduction of 20% at the next renewal, representing a savings of over $3,000 per year to the township.  Mr. Quigley presented a letter of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Charles White for their offer of use of a sign for promotion of Newbury Township functions.  This letter was signed by each trustee.

Fire activity reported by Mr. Fagan included 46 calls for November, with 511 calls year-to-date.  It was reported that Santa Claus would be at the Fire Department from 11am to 2pm on December 9th.  Police activity reported by Officer Bernie Krotine included 80 calls for November, 417 miles traveled, 161 hrs. worked, with 1840 hrs. worked year-to-date.  

Mrs. Endres reported that the Prosecutor has drafted a letter to Mr. Thomas that he is in violation and must come into compliance by January 16th.  A property on Parkview has also been found to be in possible noncompliance, and it was noted that a compliant on blighted structures on Rt. 44 is being followed up on.  It was reported that the Roberta Ann property had been brought into compliance for the time being.  It was reported that December 12th is the hearing date for the Impulleti BZA case.  

Mr. Roger Mezak was recognized by the trustees, and kindly provided the trustees and audience with pretzels.  Mr. Mezak reported that the Recreation Board was able to secure insurance through the Geauga County Police Athletic League at a significant savings for participants.  Mr. Mezak presented the Newbury Joint Recreation Board nominees for new terms on the recreation board, asking that Tom Walsh and Guy Munn be re-appointed for 3-year terms, and that Scott Acker be re-appointed for a 2-year term.  Mr. Skomrock moved that these reappointments be made; Mrs. Blair seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.  Mr. Mezak presented 2007 requests for township funding of a $5,000 payment to the Recreation Board and a $1,000 contribution to the Park Board for operating expenses.

It was agreed to hold the year-end meeting on Wednesday, December 27th at 7:30 p.m.  It was reported that Troop 99 had completed the Newbury Christmas tree on display at the Donald Meyer Center at Big Creek Park.  Correspondence received since the last meeting was reviewed by Mr. Quigley.  

Mr. Quigley brought up the issue of a possible settlement in the Gates case.  Mr. Gates is seeking an industrial use in a B1 property for a facility constructed as an industrial facility.  The trustees are working on a legal solution that meets the owner’s needs without compromising the integrity of township zoning.  A similar situation exists with the new Impulleti operation at the former 84 Lumber site, and the trustees and BZA will be addressing issues there with the same goal.

Mr. Quigley read a letter he had received today from Nacy Panzica, recapping his understanding of events leading up to a December 4th meeting in which ODOT representatives stated their unwillingness to fund turning lanes.  Mr. Panzica is requesting that the township take the lead in providing a resolution to ODOT to cooperate with the Ohio Department of Transportation to improve the intersection of Kinsman Road and Auburn Road.  The township was provided with a draft resolution by the County Engineer’s office for consideration by the township trustees, which specified the township as responsible for obtaining funding for this project, currently estimated to cost between $350,000 and $750,000.  This resolution also included an expectation that the township would be joined in funding this project by other governmental and private contributions.  The trustees agreed that they needed to get some sort of more accurate estimate that could provide an idea of the maximum financial liability to the township before they could make such a commitment.  Mr. Quigley agreed to attend tomorrow’s County Commissioners’ session to discuss the issue with county officials.

Blanket Certificates approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:
B.C. #    Date    Payee    Amount
122-2006    12/5/2006    Various Vendors    $1,200.00
Purchase Orders approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:    
P.O. #    Date    Payee    Amount
    10-2006    11/27/2006    National City Bank    $33.54
    10-2006    11/27/2006    National City Bank    $35,000.00
    10-2006    11/27/2006    National City Bank    $3,413.61
    11-2006    12/5/2006    Ecoscape, Inc.    $332.00
        Total:    $38,779.15
Warrants approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:    
Check #    Date    Payee    Amount
29040    12/1/2006    National City Bank    $38,447.15
29041    12/2/2006    Bernard Krotine             - BK    $601.84
29042    12/2/2006    David J. Lair               - DL    $1,146.20
29043    12/2/2006    Douglas J. Zimperman        - DZ    $1,307.02
29044    12/2/2006    George Mansfield            - GM    $1,116.20
29045    12/2/2006    Glen Eric Quigley           - GQ    $726.58
29046    12/2/2006    Janice M. Blair             - JB    $776.58
29047    12/2/2006    Jack Lashley                - JL    $39.49
29048    12/2/2006    Jas. Rick Phifer            - JP    $1,299.83
29049    12/2/2006    Karen E. Endres             - KE    $618.20
29050    12/2/2006    Linda C. Nokes              - LN    $674.68
29051    12/2/2006    Marge Hrabak                - MHR    $134.61
29052    12/2/2006    Paul P. Pfiester            - PP    $675.35
29053    12/2/2006    Randal R. Hollis            - RH    $1,743.38
29054    12/2/2006    Randal O. Hollis            - ROH    $1,051.79
29055    12/2/2006    Terry A. Aytay              - TA    $644.36
29056    12/2/2006    Timothy A. Mansfield        - TM    $1,218.00
29057    12/2/2006    William J. Skomrock, Jr.    - WS    $766.58
29058    12/2/2006    Douglas J. Zimperman        - DZ    $1,166.35
29059    12/2/2006    George Mansfield            - GM    $1,075.45
29060    12/2/2006    Jas. Rick Phifer            - JP    $1,246.68
29061    12/2/2006    Randal R. Hollis            - RH    $1,537.98
29062    12/2/2006    Randal O. Hollis            - ROH    $925.49
29063    12/2/2006    Timothy A. Mansfield        - TM    $1,341.54
29064    12/2/2006    George Mansfield            - GM    $572.82
29065    12/2/2006    Jas. Rick Phifer            - JP    $1,581.27
29066    12/2/2006    Randal R. Hollis            - RH    $1,537.98
29067    12/2/2006    Randal R. Hollis            - RH    $977.58
29068    12/2/2006    NATIONAL CITY BANK    $3,546.35
29069    12/2/2006    Treasurer of State    $932.79
29070    12/2/2006    Ohio Public Employees Retirement System    $7,346.50
29071    12/2/2006    Ohio Public Employees Deferred Comp. Pro    $895.00
29072    12/6/2006    Arcadia Benefits Group, Inc.    $55.00
29073    12/6/2006    United Healthcare Insurance Co.    $10,517.11
29074    12/6/2006    Reliance Standard Life Insurance    $443.98
29075    12/6/2006    Delta Dental    $580.84
29076    12/6/2006    P.E.R.S.    $0.16
29077    12/6/2006    Geauga County Township Association    $240.00
29078    12/6/2006    First Energy    $2,231.14
29079    12/6/2006    National City Bank    $119.17
29080    12/6/2006    Dominion East Ohio Gas    $578.77
29081    12/6/2006    Windstream    $476.55
29082    12/6/2006    Verizon Wireless    $72.06
29083    12/6/2006    Ecoscape, Inc.    $332.00
29084    12/6/2006    ScapeAbilities (John Suvak)    $350.00
29085    12/6/2006    Treasurer of State (Fund83F)-LEADS    $120.00
29086    12/6/2006    Newbury Hardware    $139.81
29087    12/6/2006    Speedway SuperAmerica    $238.42
29088    12/6/2006    First Quality Sales    $4.50
29089    12/6/2006    Brian Morton    $200.00
29090    12/6/2006    Shalersville Asphalt Co.    $1,886.39
29091    12/6/2006    Doug Zimperman    $120.00
29092    12/6/2006    Sunrise Springs Water Co. Inc.    $33.75
29093    12/6/2006    Fox International Ltd. Inc.    $56.68
29094    12/6/2006    Newbury Auto Parts Inc.    $81.75
29095    12/6/2006    Chagrin Oil & Gas Co. Inc.    $387.62
29096    12/6/2006    All-Ways Flasher Service Inc.    $282.50
29097    12/6/2006    Geauga County Maple Leaf    $61.20
29098    12/6/2006    Barnes Auto Parts    $132.32
29099    12/6/2006    Schloss Materials    $151.69
29100    12/6/2006    Geauga Regional UHHS Hospital    $247.00
29101    12/6/2006    Ravenna Tire Service    $3,899.36
29102    12/6/2006    FASTENAL CO.    $71.88
29103    12/6/2006    Hans' Truck & Trailer Repair, Inc.    $1,029.86
        Total:    $102,813.13

This meeting was adjourned at 10:42 p.m., upon a motion by Mr. Skomrock, a second by Ms. Blair, and a unanimous affirmative vote.

__________________________________  ___________________________________     
  Glen Quigley – Chairman            William Skomrock, Jr. – Vice Chairman    

__________________________________  ___________________________________
  Jan Blair                         David Lair – Fiscal Officer