Township Meeting - 6/4/2003

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Township Trustees, Newbury Township was called to order at 7:30 p.m., June 4, 2003, with all members present.  Minutes of the previous meeting were approved with one correction.

Police activity reported by Acting Chief Battaglia for May included 74 total calls.  The Chief presented a recommendation for a police retiree badge for retired Chief Charvat.  Mr. Majeski moved that this expenditure be approved; Mr. Quigley seconded this motion, which was passed by unanimous vote.

Chief Battaglia asked to speak to the trustees in executive session to discuss personnel matters.  Mr. Fioritto moved at 7:50 p.m. that the board go into executive session; Mr. Majeski seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.   The board returned to regular session at 8:04 p.m. with no action taken as a result of that session.  In response to a request by Chief Battaglia for re-keying of the police building, the board agreed to this action.  Chief Battaglia asked the trustees to consider how access to the rear doors of the Police Department might be handled now that the driveway between the hardware and the township police building was being developed up to the hardware’s property line close to the township building.  Mr. Majeski related to Chief Battaglia reports that he had received regarding ATV’s trespassing on school property and on the soccer field portion of the township property adjacent to the school.  Mr. Majeski also reported resident reports of problems with speeders in the Kiwanis Lake area.  Mr. Quigley asked about the status of the equipment and requested cancellation of equipment for the new cruiser.  Chief Battaglia replied that upon investigation it had been determined that most of the old equipment wouldn’t work properly in the new vehicle, and the items that might work were now obsolete.  He also said that Preston Ford would perform a free analysis of the old vehicle to see if it had major problems that dictated its prompt disposal.  Mr. Quigley asked Chief Battaglia how enforceable open container laws were; Mr. Battaglia said that he believed such laws were enforceable on the highways, but probably not enforceable away from the highways, in areas such as the beach area at Kiwanis Lake.

Fire activity reported by Chief Fagan for May included 48 calls with 196 calls year to date.

Road activity reported by Mr. Hollis included mowing and repair of cemetery properties, berm repairs, and new garage doors installed on the west side of the south township garage.  The road department also started installing ditches and pipes on Whitewood Drive.

Mr. Majeski read Resolution 20030604001 in commendation of Chief Dennis Charvat upon the occasion of his retirement and made a motion for its passage.  Mr. Quigley seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.

Mr. Majeski moved that Resolution 20030604002 be prepared to reaffirm that action taken by the trustees in opposition to the development of an asphalt plant in this area was taken as an official act of the trustees, initiated in a public meeting in accordance with applicable law.   Mr. Fioritto seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.  In response to a question by Mr. Bill Skomrock Jr. as to legal action taken to-date on this issue, Mr. Majeski said that a motion to intervene had been made by our attorney, and the action just taken by the board was to formally record for the minutes the board's intention to intervene officially as an act of the board.  Township legal counsel Mike Lamanna further explained the basis and type of intervention that he was seeking on the behalf of the township.

Zoning activity reported by Mrs. Endres included a report that Dr. Patricia Manzo-Craddock had begun the process to have the property across from the school rezoned from Residential to Professional-Office.  Mrs. Endres also said that she has been reviewing fee structures and intends to promote the creation of a new zoning application form designed to correct some of the shortcomings of the current form.

The topic of OPWC Issue 2 Integrating Committee member nomination was brought up by Mr. Majeski.    Mary Samide from Munson and Gene McCune from Auburn were nominated by the board.

Ms. Cynthia Wong addressed the township regarding the re-establishment of Safety Town, a program designed to promote traffic safety among young people in the community.  June 23-26th is the scheduled date for this program, and it is hoped that the Fire Department will be the location.  The primary age served by this program is those entering Kindergarten this year.

The next order of business was the NOPEC opt-out program for natural gas aggregation; Mr. Majeski that he would like to get additional input from John Tremsyn and trustees from other townships before committing the township to specific action.

Mr. Majeski brought up the question of applications for permanent filling of the Police Chief’s position.  The trustees decided that August 6th would be the deadline for receiving applications for this position.  Mr. McDermott recommended that other police chiefs in the area be asked to comment on the applicants to get their input.  Mr. McDermott also said that he felt that the 37 acres owned by the School Board should also be included in the Land Use Committee’s study.  The trustees acknowledged that while they had no jurisdiction over the school-owned land, they agreed that this was a good idea.  

In response to a resident question regarding final funding of the new playground equipment, Mr. Majeski reported that he had persuaded the Recreation Board to make the final contribution to the PTO to make final payment.  

Correspondence received since the last meeting was read by Mr. Majeski.  It was noted that Valley and Snow Roads would be a preferred project for submission for OPWC District 7 Local Transportation Improvement funding.  Mr. Majeski responded to a resident’s question regarding categorization of Portlew and Stone Roads as qualifying for inclusion in speed limit controls as a subdivision that he would have a definite answer on this issue by the next meeting from County Engineer Phillips.

Mr. Quigley brought up a couple of proposed policy changes for township cemetery regulations, including a ban on burying pets and a change in policy to allow for transfer of cemetery plot deeds to another owner, including possible resale back to the township at the original price paid to the township.  Mr. Quigley moved that these changes be adopted; Mr. Majeski seconded this motion, which was passed by unanimous vote.

Mr. Quigley presented proposed revisions to town hall use policy, including limitation of use to noncommercial, not-for-profit organizations and use of food solely at the discretion of the trustees.  Mr. Quigley moved that these changes in town hall use policy be adopted; Mr. Majeski seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.

Mr. Fioritto described the recent repository update, and reported that V.O.C.’s and heavy metals were going to be tested in Kiwanis Lake in the next month.  V.O.C.’s and heavy metals have also been tested in other nearby lakes and streams, with results to be received in the near future.  Mr. Fioritto read a letter from Robert Weisdack in response to a question from Lou Mucci regarding storage tanks located on the Haeuter Sand and Gravel property.  Mr. Weisdack reported in this letter that these tanks were empty, and thus presented no environmental problem.  Mr. Fioritto read a letter from the City of Akron’s Public Utilities Bureau Manager, expressing his concerns about location of an asphalt plant within the watershed of water sources that the City of Akron relies on.  Mr. Mucci said that he had spoken to a number of Akron representatives previously, and that Burton Township officials were actively working with them to try to keep the development of an asphalt plant out of the township watershed area.

Mr. Quigley reported in response to concerns raised by Angie Grysho that he had spoken to Kinetico, which can test for arsenic for $45 per test, and sells equipment that would address this concern with equipment costing $645 and up.  

Mr. Majeski expressed his thanks to both the Newbury American Legion and the Newbury VFW for their work on Memorial Day.  In response to a resident’s concerns, the trustees agreed to plan on replacement of the flagpole at the South Newbury Cemetery.  A general discussion period included repair of the town hall, repair of cemetery headstones, and installation of benches at the cemetery.

The following purchase orders were approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:
    P. O. #    Payee    Acct    Amount
    3649    Dr. Randy Continenza    01a26    $600.00
    3650    Paul Mansfield    20a07b    $3,310.00
    3651    Various Vendors    03a05    $5,000.00
        Total:        $8,910.00
The following warrants were approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:
    Check #    Payee    Acct    Amount
    25463    Linda Nokes    01a02a    $648.12
    25464    Jack Lashley    01d01    $645.99
    25465    Bernard Krotine    01g01    $612.85
    25466    Dennis Charvat    01g01    $1,315.78
    25467    Larry McKinnon    01g01    $119.27
    25468    Santo Battaglia    01g01    $800.52
    25469    Terry Aytay    01g01    $648.28
    25470    Karen Endres    01j01    $463.01
    25471    Doug Zimperman    20a01b    $1,165.67
    25472    Geo. Mansfield    20a01b    $1,165.67
    25473    Jas. R.Phifer    20a01b    $1,350.57
    25474    Randal Hollis    20a01b    $1,675.33
    25475    Randy O. Hollis    20a01b    $975.23
    25476    Tim Mansfield    20a01b    $1,119.04
    25477    Jack Lashley    01b01    $91.65
    25478    Glen Quigley    01a01    $654.37
    25479    Robert Fioritto    01a01    $649.49
    25480    Wm. Majeski    01a01    $654.95
    25481    David Lair    01a02    $918.31
    25482    Ohio Def. Comp.    01a01    $100.00
    25482    Oho    01a02    $266.66
    25482    Ohio Def. Comp.    01j01    $200.00
    25482    Ohio Def. Comp.    20a01b    $235.00
    25483    NCB    01a01    $192.68
    25483    NCB    01a02    $110.44
    25483    NCB    01a02a    $280.85
    25483    NCB    01b01    $12.79
    25483    NCB    01d01    $519.64
    25483    NCB    01g01    $381.07
    25483    NCB    01j01    $21.96
    25483    NCB    20a01b    $2,006.74
    25483    NCB    01a12    $178.49
    25483    NCB    04a02    $162.82
    25484    PERS    01a01    $212.27
    25484    PERS    01a02    $122.77
    25484    PERS    01a02a    $160.94
    25484    PERS    01b01    $25.32
    25484    PERS    01d01    $173.74
    25484    PERS    01g01    $367.02
    25484    PERS    01j01    $128.68
    25484    PERS    20a01b    $1,606.68
    25485    Tr.State Ohio    01a01    $33.50
    25485    Tr.State Ohio    01a02    $26.20
    25485    Tr.State Ohio    01a02a    $91.38
    25485    Tr.State Ohio    01b01    $2.41
    25485    Tr.State Ohio    01d01    $63.02
    25485    Tr.State Ohio    01g01    $73.01
    25485    Tr.State Ohio    01j01    $12.16
    25485    Tr.State Ohio    20a01b    $639.32
    25486    Flag Store    01a04    $150.80
    25487    Office Max    01a04    $57.97
    25487    Office Max    01j02    $103.87
    25488    Rel.Std.Ins.    01a06    $507.51
    25489    East Ohio Gas    01b04    $35.56
    25489    East Ohio Gas    04a09    $282.36
    25490    AT&T    01b04    $49.73
    25490    AT&T    04a09    $32.65
    25490    AT&T    01k09    $31.62
    25491    Ill.Co.    01b04    $19.39
    25491    Ill.Co.    04a09    $305.21
    25492    FirstQualSales    01d05    $115.54
    25493    Hauter Constr.    01d06    $91.46
    25494    Speedway    01d06    $29.89
    25494    Speedway    01g04    $140.73
    25494    Speedway    03a05    $51.29
    25495    Marge Hrabak    01j01    $525.00
    25495    Marge Hrabak    01a02a    $97.50
    25496    Linda Nokes    01j03    $17.68
    25497    Marge Hrabak    01j03    $131.36
    25498    Karen Endres    01j03    $53.66
    25499    Sidley, Inc.    03a08    $1,045.04
    25500    Allied Dealers    03a05    $277.27
    25501    Verizon Wireless    04a09    $147.67
    25502    Bestone, Inc.    03a05    $110.70
    25503    JD Contracting    03a08    $695.00
    25504    Paul Mansfield    20a07b    $3,310.00
    25505    Prots BiRite    01a04    $36.12
    25506    Ill.Co.    01b04    $180.95
    25507    Sunrise Springs    01a26    $24.75
    25507    Sunrise Springs    03a05    $18.75
    25508    Newb.TV Hdwe.    01a26    $37.77
    25508    Newb.TV Hdwe.    01g04    $15.80
    25508    Newb.TV Hdwe.    03a05    $283.42
    25509    Newb.AutoParts    03a05    $176.61
    25510    Cintas Corp.    03a05    $309.65
    25511    ChagrinOilGas    03a05    $515.42
    25512    Sidley Inc.    03a08    $243.00
        Total:        $34,340.36

This meeting was adjourned at 10:05 p.m., upon a motion by Mr. Quigley, a second by Mr. Fioritto, and a unanimous affirmative vote.

____________________________  __________________________________     
  William Majeski – Chairman        Robert Fioritto– Vice Chairman       

____________________________  ___________________________________
 Glen Quigley                         David Lair – Township Clerk