Township Meeting - 3/16/2007

A Special Meeting of the Board of Township Trustees, Newbury Township was called to order at 12:05 p.m., March 16, 2007, with Mrs. Blair and Mr. Skomrock present.  Purpose of this meeting was to take action to award a bid for purchase of a 2008 Ford F-550 4x4 chassis cab, with 141” wheelbase.  Mr. Skomrock made a motion to accept the Preston truck bid as presented, in the amount of  $36,815.70; Mrs. Blair seconded that motion which then was followed by a unanimous vote.  There being no further business, this meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.m., upon a motion by Mr. Skomrock, second by Mrs. Blair, and a unanimous affirmative vote.

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  Jan Blair – Chairman            William Skomrock, Jr. – Vice Chairman    

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      Glen Quigley                     David Lair – Fiscal Officer

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Township Trustees, Newbury Township, was called to order at 7:30 p.m., March 21, 2007, with all members present. Ms Blair welcomed all to join in the pledge of allegiance.  Mr. Quigley moved and Mr. Skomrock seconded the motion to approve and sign the minutes; this motion was adopted by unanimous vote.  In David’s Lair’s absence it was noted that Marge Hrabak would record tonight’s minutes.
Ms. Blair recognized Mrs. Joanne Majeski, asking her to present her letter and accident photos (Exhibit A&B) regarding the safety at the Sperry and Fairmount Roads intersection.  She recalled recent and numerous accidents there caused by traffic eastbound and westbound on Fairmount not recognizing that Sperry Rd. traffic does not stop.  She asked the trustees to petition County Engineer R.L. Phillips to reinstate the sign on Fairmount Rd. indicating north/south “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop”.  Ms. Blair promised the trustees would revisit this issue with Mr. Phillips and advise Mrs. Majeski.

Mr. Profughi and Ms. Meeker expressed safety concerns they felt existed without the protection of the recently disbanded Newbury Police Dept.  They expressed a desire to investigate whether the residents feel the same way and would support another levy in November.  Discussion continued covering topics including background data, Sheriff’s call response, and the vote counts in 3 consecutive police levy failures.  Ms. Meeker said she felt student safety suffers without local police response.  It was noted that projected county and township growth may increase but public school enrollment figures are declining.  Sheriff coverage in the four zones was explained with back-up from the State Highway Patrol for serious accident or injury cases.  Mr. Profughi said they would survey citizens and business owners for future support of another levy.

Mr. Skomrock cited the extensive data and cost/response baseline gathered prior to the last levy.  He said the levy lost 3 times; his stand is “the people have spoken”. Mr. Quigley asked Ms. Meeker to contact him for the prior data and surveys.  He said the sheriff is still available for special duty @ $24.per hour with a 4 hour minimum.  It was noted that the former police department worked only part-time with no night-time patrols. Ms. Blair said the trustees could recap and review their data for any exploratory future levy.

Mr. Quigley said Impullitti Landscaping had received final EPA permits, and described the on-going building and landscaping improvements as an asset to the community.  The ODOT turning-lane resolution will await action from the newly appointed director, with rumors to the contrary dispelled.  The Gates property issue is close to finalizing, and it was reported that there was no new action on All Erection Crane or the Grange deed issue.   It was reported that April 2nd is the next meeting date for CRWP for Land Use Grants.  In reference to the recent change in health care benefits, it was suggested that the simplest way would be setting up a separate employee UHC prescription account with Newbury Pharmacy with township guarantee.  Ms. Blair will confer with Mr. Martin and respond.

Mr. Quigley said resolving the OPERS issues of S. Battaglia’s service with the township requires a more exact “term-of-service” definition.  Mr. Quigley outlined the procedures in the Impullitti Judgment Entry to allow quasi-industrial uses:
1)    can cross lot-lines without vacating lines,
2)    placed limits on outside material storage,
3)    control material pile locations to minimize odors,
4)    allow reduced sideline and setback use,
5)    increase lot coverage from 40% to 60% primarily for parking,
6)    address water run-off.
He noted the former 84 Lumber Building footprint has not changed but the interior has been finished and the overall appearance has been greatly improved to permit Mr. Impullitti to manage his four businesses under one roof.

Mr. Skomrock reported that the trustees met March 16th in special session to accept the (lowest) truck bid from Preston Motors for a new Ford truck to be readied for service in winter 2007.  It was reported that the blue book estimates for the 2003 Durango range from $8800 to $10900, and the discussion continued regarding sale of the vehicle or disposition by providing the vehicle to the fire department in exchange for their funding of upcoming driveway repair costs originally to be paid from the General Fund.

Plans for the Great American Clean-up Day were reviewed with suggested school/student coordination, Kiwanis and possible prisoner participation for improved/assigned roadside trash removal.   It was reported that 2008 road improvements using issue 2 money is still in the pre-planning stage.  Landscaping quotes were reviewed but tabled for item-by-item competitive analysis.  It was decided that Mr. Quigley is to inquire on the mowing status of the soccer fields and report at next meeting.

Jan Blair read Mr. Mc Dermott’s Resolution Supporting SB83 to Repeal Household Sewage Treatment System Rules placed into law 1/1/2007.  The discussion continued about HS110 also requesting repeal of the 1/1/2007 law.  Mr. McDermott said the previous HSTS rules were 90% effective, that no cost effective data was available before implementation, the higher costs under the new rules would be borne by the taxpayer without any benefit established.  He would encourage better education to maintain and upgrade existing systems.  Ms Blair called for a motion to support the Resolution 20070321001; Mr. Quigley moved that this resolution be adopted; Mr. Skomrock seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.

Ms. Blair asked to postpone discussion on 2007 employee wage adjustments until Dave Lair returns.  The Township Trustees Association expressed concern with the ODOT Budget Bill that would transfer CAT revenue to petroleum uses, as CAT Tax revenues were supposed to replace township personal property tax phase-out.  Ms. Blair said she would ask Dave Lair to draft a resolution to the Ohio Twp Association objecting to the ODOT transfer of money destined for township general funds.  She read notice of the upcoming meetings listed in the agenda and CRWP correspondence.  Future events include the Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt on April 7 at 11 am and the American Cancer Chili Cook-off on April 13, 6:30 to 10 pm.

Purchase Orders approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:    
P.O. #    Date    Payee    Amount
     3-2007    3/12/2007    Preston Ford    $36,815.70
     4-2007    3/15/2007    Chagrin Oil & Gas Co. Inc.    $3,070.89
     5-2007    3/21/2007    Fredebaugh Well Drilling    $1,332.00
        Total:    $41,218.59
Warrants approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:    
Check #    Date    Payee    Amount
29323    3/17/2007    Douglas J. Zimperman        - DZ    $1,371.38
29324    3/17/2007    George Mansfield            - GM    $1,308.89
29325    3/17/2007    Jack Lashley                - JL    $306.24
29326    3/17/2007    Jas. Rick Phifer            - JP    $1,521.25
29327    3/17/2007    Karen E. Endres             - KE    $526.83
29328    3/17/2007    Linda C. Nokes              - LN    $731.42
29329    3/17/2007    Randal R. Hollis            - RH    $1,837.65
29330    3/17/2007    Randal O. Hollis            - ROH    $1,119.85
29331    3/17/2007    Timothy A. Mansfield        - TM    $1,318.12
29332    3/17/2007    Douglas J. Zimperman        - DZ    $1,371.38
29333    3/17/2007    George Mansfield            - GM    $1,308.89
29334    3/17/2007    Jack Lashley                - JL    $306.24
29335    3/17/2007    Jas. Rick Phifer            - JP    $1,521.25
29336    3/17/2007    Karen E. Endres             - KE    $526.83
29337    3/17/2007    Linda C. Nokes              - LN    $734.25
29338    3/17/2007    Randal R. Hollis            - RH    $1,837.65
29339    3/17/2007    Randal O. Hollis            - ROH    $951.47
29340    3/17/2007    Timothy A. Mansfield        - TM    $1,318.12
29341    3/17/2007    Ohio Public Employees Deferred Comp. Pro    $695.00
29342    3/21/2007    ABCO Distribution, Inc.    $105.38
29343    3/21/2007    Office Max-HSBC Business Solutions    $279.96
29344    3/21/2007    Acquire Fire Protection, Inc.    $609.45
29345    3/21/2007    Middlefield Farm & Garden    $90.58
29346    3/21/2007    Advance Auto Parts- HSBC Bus. Sol.    $39.84
29347    3/21/2007    Morton Salt Inc.    $3,291.09
29348    3/21/2007    Chagrin Oil & Gas Co. Inc.    $3,070.89
29349    3/21/2007    FASTENAL CO.    $52.58
29350    3/21/2007    Tim Mansfield    $269.90
29351    3/21/2007    Fredebaugh Well Drilling    $1,332.00
        Total:    $29,754.38

This meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m., upon a motion by Mr. Quigley, a second by Mr. Skomrock, and a unanimous affirmative vote.

__________________________________  ___________________________________     
  Jan Blair – Chairman            William Skomrock, Jr. – Vice Chairman    

__________________________________  ___________________________________
      Glen Quigley                     David Lair – Fiscal Officer