Township Meeting - 3/1/2006

The regular meeting of the Board of Township Trustees, Newbury Township was called to order at 7:30 p.m., March 1, 2006, with all members present.    

Amalie Lipstreu of the Newbury Park Board addressed the trustees, reporting that Mr. Charles Frederick responded to an RFP for a land use plan.  The Park Board voted unanimously to approve Mr. Frederick’s proposal at an hourly rate of $30 per hour, not to exceed $1260 for an environmental analysis and planning services for the Oberland Park site.   Mrs. Blair moved that Mr. Frederick’s proposal be accepted; Mr. Skomrock seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.

Mrs. Blair moved that minutes of previous meetings be approved.  Mr. Skomrock seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.  Ms. Jamie Babb addressed the audience regarding concerns with individuals trespassing onto her property, which is located on Auburn Rd., next to the Scranton Woods GMHA project.  The Trustees said that they would meet with Ms. Babb to discuss this issue in more detail.

Mrs. Blair reported on a review of Workers Compensation programs to reduce the potential large increase in premium which is currently pending for next year.  A meeting was held with participation from the Road, Police, and Fire Departments to develop accident prevention strategies.  The township will arrange for necessary training, hopefully at little or no cost if a DARE-trained law enforcement professional can be located for this role.  These efforts may be able to reduce the potential yearly cost from almost $41,000 down to as little as $19,500.

Mr. Quigley reported that he has spoken with a class at Kent-Geauga and it appears that the township may be able to receive assistance from that institution in designing a survey regarding the township’s opinion regarding continued operation of a township police department.  A rental agreement between the township and the Newbury Volunteer Fire Department for their use of the township-owned fire station was discussed.  It was agreed that Eric Drake from the County Prosecutor’s office should review the existing lease form.  

Road activity was discussed with Mr. Hollis, which included patching, tree trimming, placement of load reduction signs, and one funeral.  The required full-depth repair on Pekin Road has been completed.  

Mr. Skomrock moved to adopt the 2006 pay increase schedule as presented by the Fiscal Officer, with the exception of  $.10 additional per hour for George Mansfield in recognition of his maintenance skills, with these raises to be effective 4/1/2006.  

Newbury Township 2006 Pay Adjustments    Rate    Effec 4/1/06    
Employee    Current        
Hollis, Randal – Road Superintendent    $23.37    $23.84     
Phifer, James    $19.10    $19.54     
Mansfield, George    $16.78    $17.30     
Zimperman, Doug    $16.63    $17.20     
Mansfield, Tim     $16.63    $17.20     
Hollis, Randal Jr.    $14.77    $15.54     
Lashley, Jack - ann. cemetery maint - salary/yr    $16,508.66    $16,921.38     
Lashley, Jack – office maintenance    $10.84    $11.11     
Nokes, Linda    $14.61    $15.05     
Endres, Karen    $17.25    $17.68     
Paul Pfiester    $12.21    $12.45     
Aytay, Terry - (Reflects Promotion to Chief)    $12.21    $15.14     
Krotine, Bernie    $12.21    $12.45     
Marge Hrabak    $10.97    $11.19     
Linda Phillips    $10.71    $11.19     

This motion was seconded by Mrs. Blair, and passed by unanimous vote.  The trustees agreed that they should try to do annual reviews to be effective April first of each year.

John Suvak of Scape-Abilities presented the 2006 proposal for landscaping services for the Fire Station, Police Department, and the Town Hall.  Mrs. Blair moved that this proposal be accepted; Mr. Skomrock seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.

Zoning activity reported by Mrs. Endres included a report that the Addington subdivision will probably be approved by the Planning Commission this month.  It was reported that the Circle K store is going to be demolished on April 1st, but that Panzica was unable to reach an agreement with Circle K for a new store.  Panzica will now be looking for a new convenience store tenant.   Planned new gas wells were discussed.  The trustees decided to buy 24 chairs for audience seating.   Correspondence received since the last meeting was reviewed by Mr. Quigley.

The open ZBA position was discussed.  Mrs. Blair nominated Mr. Bill McCullam.  Mr. Skomrock asked to have some discussion prior to further action.  Mr. Skomrock said he could support Mr. McCullam for the ZBA position, and further recommended as a compromise that Bill Skomrock Sr. be designated alternate on ZBA.  As this would leave an opening for an Alternate on the Zoning Commission, he recommended Jerry Hudak for that position.   Mrs. Blair stated that she would like to see Mr. Wong as an alternate for the ZBA, and moved for Mr. McCullam’s appointment to the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Mr. Quigley seconded this motion, with the vote as follows: Mrs. Blair-Yes, Mr. Skomrock – No, Mr. Quigley – Yes.  Mrs. Blair moved that Tezeon Wong be nominated as the ZBA alternate.   Mr. Quigley seconded this motion, with the vote as follows:  Mrs. Blair – Yes, Mr. Skomrock – No, Mr. Quigley - Yes.

Mrs. Blair reported on the Community Improvement breakfast held yesterday at Bass Lake Taverne, featuring the chief economist for National City Bank as guest speaker.  Mrs. Blair reported that she had spoken to one of the owners of Mar-Bal, who expressed interest in the building at the northwest corner of Munnberry Oval and Rt. 87 as a possible office location for their operation.

Blanket Certificates approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:
B.C. #    Date    Payee     Amount
68-2006    2/25/2006    Various Vendors    $2,000.00
Warrants approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:    
Check #    Date    Payee    Amount
28297    3/1/2006    United Healthcare Insurance Co.    $16,683.23
28298    3/1/2006    Delta Dental    $580.84
28299    3/1/2006    Three Sisters Market    $46.45
28300    3/1/2006    Sunrise Springs Water Co. Inc.    $96.75
28301    3/1/2006    National City Bank    $46.89
28302    3/1/2006    ABCO Distribution, Inc.    $179.77
28303    3/1/2006    Chagrin River Watershed Partners    $2,100.00
28304    3/1/2006    First Energy    $2,416.96
28305    3/1/2006    Reliance Standard Life Insurance    $443.98
28306    3/1/2006    Alltel    $453.84
28307    3/1/2006    Speedway SuperAmerica    $219.13
28308    3/1/2006    Treasurer of State (Fund83F)-LEADS    $240.00
28309    3/1/2006    Chagrin Oil & Gas Co. Inc.    $924.25
28310    3/1/2006    D & A Rebuilders    $145.00
28311    3/1/2006    Lake Erie Iron & Metal Co. Inc.    $59.18
28312    3/1/2006    Cars Autobody    $93.56
28313    3/1/2006    All-Ways Flasher Service Inc.    $191.72
28314    3/1/2006    Geauga County Engineer    $130.00
28315    3/1/2006    Farmers Welding Supply Inc.    $92.94
28316    3/1/2006    Geauga Glass Inc.    $190.85
28317    3/1/2006    Morton Salt Inc.    $1,655.04
28318    3/1/2006    Dominion East Ohio Gas    $2,964.56
28320    3/3/2006    Bernard Krotine             - BK    $525.98
28321    3/3/2006    David J. Lair               - DL    $1,163.98
28322    3/3/2006    Douglas J. Zimperman        - DZ    $1,516.25
28323    3/3/2006    George Mansfield            - GM    $1,413.70
28324    3/3/2006    Glen Quigley                - GQ    $725.60
28325    3/3/2006    Janice M. Blair             - JB    $775.60
28326    3/3/2006    Jack Lashley                - JL    $211.83
28327    3/3/2006    Jas. Rick Phifer            - JP    $1,653.21
28328    3/3/2006    Karen E. Endres             - KE    $389.59
28329    3/3/2006    Linda C. Nokes              - LN    $524.11
28330    3/3/2006    Marge Hrabak                - MHR    $100.25
28331    3/3/2006    Paul P. Pfiester            - PP    $658.22
28332    3/3/2006    Randal R. Hollis            - RH    $2,026.28
28333    3/3/2006    Randal O. Hollis            - ROH    $1,176.20
28334    3/3/2006    Terry A. Aytay              - TA    $423.18
28335    3/3/2006    Timothy A. Mansfield        - TM    $1,397.08
28336    3/3/2006    William J. Skomrock, Jr.    - WS    $778.68
28338    3/3/2006    Ohio Public Employees Retirement System    $7,813.51
28339    3/3/2006    NATIONAL CITY BANK    $3,438.35
28340    3/3/2006    Treasurer of State    $987.37
28341    3/3/2006    Ohio Public Employees Deferred Comp. Pro    $845.00
        Total:    $58,498.91

This meeting was adjourned at 9:08 p.m. upon a motion by Mrs. Blair, a second by Mr. Skomrock, and a unanimous affirmative vote.

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

__________________________________  ___________________________________
  Jan Blair                         David Lair – Fiscal Officer