Township Meeting - 7/2/2003

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Township Trustees, Newbury Township was called to order at 7:30 p.m., July 2, 2003, with all members present.  

Mr. Quigley made a statement recognizing the service to the Newbury Volunteer Fire Department of Mr. Dick Zimperman, who passed away last week.  Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read.  

Patrolman Terry Aytay reported that progress was being made on equipping the new police vehicle.  It was estimated that the remainder of the equipment would be received by sometime next week, with the vehicle able to be on the road within the next three weeks.  In response to a resident’s question about speed enforcement on Route 44 south of 87, Patrolman Aytay said that Route 44, Bell, and Pekin Rd. were already targeted for enforcement.  In response to a question about truck engine braking noise, Mr. Quigley said that Bainbridge Township had been able to post a sign prohibiting use of engine brake devices in specified areas.  Mr. Majeski said he would explore this possibility with the County Prosecutor.  Mrs. Joanne Majeski asked that the Police also monitor truck speed on Sperry.

John Kay from Kiwanis Lake addressed the trustees regarding police traffic enforcement within the Kiwanis Lake community in the aftermath of a recent car-pedestrian accident there.  In response to Mr. Kay’s question regarding the possibility of installing speed bumps, Mr. Majeski said that County Engineer Phillips said that there were potential liability issues and that the negatives of such an action would outweigh the positives.  The trustees agreed that stricter enforcement of speed limits should be a priority, and that speed limit signs should be installed where necessary in the Kiwanis Lake community.  Ms. Cindy Chambers said that the community has an 11:00 p.m. curfew after which access to community property is prohibited.  Patrolman Aytay said that the Police Department could enforce anti-trespassing laws if a member of the community signed a complaint

Fire Chief Fagan reported 46 calls for June, with 243 year-to-date.  He reported that there would be a Fire Department Open House on July 13th from 11 to 4.

County Commissioner Bill Young addressed the trustees, along with Gary McCarthy from NOPEC, answering questions that the trustees had regarding the Gas Opt-Out Program.   Mr. Young described the experience to date with the deregulation of electricity, and progress to-date on creating a similar program for natural gas.  Mr. McCarthy said that there was a guaranteed 5% savings off the gas portion of the bill, which would remain in effect regardless of whether rates went up or down.  It was noted that an opt-out process would be offered every two years, enabling consumers to return to direct dealings with the public utility.  It was also stated that the process was designed to require an opt-out action rather than an opt-in process, because the projected volumes promised to suppliers in response to a price concession were predicted to be much higher if the default position for each consumer was to be in the program, with an opportunity to opt-out if desired.  Interstate Gas Supply of Columbus, OH, is the chosen supplier for the NOPEC opt-out process.  Mr. Quigley moved that the board pass the Natural Gas Opt-Out Aggregation Resolution.  Mr. Majeski seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.

Mrs. Cynthia Wong addressed the trustees regarding the recent SafetyTown program held at the Newbury Police Department.  She reported that Fire Chief Fagan and Police Chief Battaglia both visited the program and made presentations.  Mrs. Wong presented Chief Fagan with an award for his participation in the program, and noted that she had an award for Chief Battaglia who could not be here tonight.

Mr. Majeski described work being done by Karen Endres to design a new Zoning application form which is being reviewed right now by the County Prosecutor’s office.  Mr. Majeski noted that the fee structure for zoning permits is also being reviewed for possible change.

Mr. Majeski said that the recommendations from the County Engineer’s office had been received for the 2003 paving program.  In light of those recommendations Mr. Majeski moved that Kenmore Construction Co.’s bid of $139,491.10 for the asphalt resurfacing of Whitewood and a portion of Munn be accepted.  Mr. Fioritto seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.  Mr. Majeski moved that Ronyak Brothers Paving’s bid of $78,375.05 for the Chip and Seal of Various Roads in Kiwanis Lake Subdivision be accepted.   Mr. Quigley seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.  It was noted by Mr. Quigley that the township’s decision not to proceed on the Kimmeridge repaving project this year was not due to any unexpected financial shortfall; Kimmeridge was actually scheduled for repaving in 2004 and the township solicited bids for this year in case extra money and sufficient time was found to repave this road a year ahead of time.

Mr. Majeski brought up the issue of the OTARMA insurance program renewal.  Mr. Quigley moved that the renewal quotation presented by OTARMA be accepted.   Mr. Fioritto seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.

Mr. Majeski said that he has been reviewing the subdivision status of Portlew and Stone Roads, and it appears so far that not all homes on these roads are part of a plotted subdivision.  Once he has completed this study, he will be meeting again with County Engineer Phillips to try to accomplish a speed reduction on those roads.  Mr. Majeski said that he was waiting on the receipt of a petition from residents of Lucky Bell Lane before he made any further action on changing the current posted 25mph limit.  Mr. McDermott suggested that one of the trustees contact Judge Albert to find out how his court will react to the presentation of any speeding citations with the current signs in place.  After further discussion on this issue, Mr. Quigley moved that the township post the speed limit at the current legal limit of 35mph on Lucky Bell Lane.  Mr. Majeski seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.

Mr. Quigley reported that the Geauga County Water Resources Board had tested Kiwanis Lake for bacterial level and found it safe for swimming.  Mr. Majeski reported that Restful Lake has been awarded $75,000 in Community Block Grant Development funds to fix up their community center.

Correspondence received since the last meeting was read by Mr. Majeski.  Also discussed at this time were estimates for minor facia repairs; it was decided to accept the proposal of Jackson Roofing and Gutters to make these repairs, for approximately $325.00.

Mr. Majeski read a resolution he had drafted to establish a Community Days for August 9th, 2003.  Mr. Majeski moved that this resolution be adopted as Resolution Number 20030702001, specifying that approximately $2,000 would be spent on this event.  Mr. Quigley seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.

Mr. Quigley presented a quotation for purchase of a flagpole for the South Newbury Cemetery; the other trustees agreed with this purchase.   In response to a question regarding a citizen’s request to be able to bury their mother who was in a nursing care facility and no longer in the township, Mr. Quigley stated that there was no minimum residency requirement and that the regulations stated that a resident who was moved to a nursing home out of town was still considered a Newbury resident for purposes of eligibility for a burial plot.

Mr. Quigley moved that the trustees pass resolution 20030702002 in support of Parkman Township trustees in opposition to the ODOT planned expansion of Rt. 422.  Mr. Majeski seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.

Mr. David Couch of Ravenna Road presented the trustees with a letter expressing concerns regarding the operation of trucks coming to and going from the Newbury Sand and Gravel operation and drivers who are stopping in a residential area outside of this operation and securing their loads and trespassing onto the Couch property and relieving themselves.  The trustees said that they would follow up with the Prosecutor’s office to see if use of the driveway property in Newbury which is zoned residential for any purpose other than ingress and egress could be grounds for prosecution of Newbury Sand and Gravel as a zoning violation.

Mr. Fioritto discussed correspondence received from an individual who had recently been involved in an accident on Pekin Rd.   The trustees agreed to review the list of legally-allowed road signs to see if any additional signs might be permitted that might assist those unfamiliar with the area’s natural sight obstructions.

Mrs. Majeski invited any interested residents to participate in the planning meetings for the August 9th Community Day celebration.  These meetings are held on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. at the Township Hall.

The following purchase orders were approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:
    P. O. #    Payee    Acct    Amount
    3556    Osborne    04b02    $6,000.00
    3657    Various Vendors    01a03    $800.00
    3658    Various Vendors    01a04    $1,000.00
    3659    Various Vendors    01a05    $2,000.00
    3660    Various Vendors    01a06    $5,000.00
    3661    Various Vendors    01a11    $500.00
    3662    Various Vendors    01a26    $5,000.00
    3663    Various Vendors    01b02    $1,000.00
    3664    Various Vendors    01b04    $5,000.00
    3665    Various Vendors    01b05    $500.00
    3666    Various Vendors    01b07    $1,000.00
    3667    Various Vendors    01b08    $500.00
    3668    Various Vendors    01d01    $1,000.00
    3669    Various Vendors    01d02    $1,000.00
    3670    Various Vendors    01d05    $1,000.00
    3671    Various Vendors    01d06    $1,000.00
    3672    Various Vendors    01e01    $5,000.00
    3673    Various Vendors    01g02    $1,000.00
    3674    Various Vendors    01g04    $1,000.00
    3675    Various Vendors    01g05    $1,000.00
    3676    Various Vendors    01g06    $1,000.00
    3677    Various Vendors    01j01    $1,500.00
    3678    Various Vendors    01j02    $1,000.00
    3679    Various Vendors    01j03    $1,500.00
    3680    Various Vendors    01k08    $1,000.00
    3681    Various Vendors    01k09    $1,000.00
    3682    Various Vendors    02c03    $5,000.00
    3683    Various Vendors    03a05    $5,000.00
    3684    Various Vendors    03a08    $5,000.00
    3685    Various Vendors    03c03    $1,000.00
    3686    Various Vendors    04a04    $5,000.00
    3687    Various Vendors    04a06    $5,000.00
    3688    Various Vendors    04a09    $5,000.00
    3689    Various Vendors    04a10    $5,000.00
    3690    Various Vendors    04b02    $5,000.00
    3691    Various Vendors    04c03    $5,000.00
    3692    Various Vendors    04c04    $2,000.00
    3693    Various Vendors    05a05    $1,000.00
    3694    Various Vendors    20a08a    $5,000.00
    3695    QualChoice    01a06    $4,492.87
    3695    QualChoice    04a10    $4,825.68
    3696    OTARMA    01a06    $10,032.53
    3696    OTARMA    04a10    $5,515.47
        Total:        $126,166.55
                
The following warrants were approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:
    Check #    Payee    Acct    Amount
    25548    Glen Quigley    01a01    $667.29
    25549    Robert Fioritto    01a01    $649.49
    25550    Wm. Majeski    01a01    $659.74
    25551    David Lair    01a02    $918.31
    25552    Linda Nokes    01a02a    $695.78
    25553    Jack Lashley    01d01    $644.05
    25554    Jack Lashley    01b01    $78.14
    25555    Karen Endres    01j01    $491.66
    25556    Doug zimperman    20a01b    $1,066.26
    25557    Geo.Mansfield    20a01b    $1,066.89
    25558    Jas.RickPhifer    20a01b    $1,240.79
    25559    Randal Hollis    20a01b    $1,571.42
    25560    Randy O. Hollis    20a01b    $894.32
    25561    Tim Mansfield    20a01b    $1,040.45
    25562    Santo Battaglia    01g01    $813.44
    25563    Bernie Krotine    01g01    $693.78
    25564    Terry Aytay    01g01    $561.38
    25565    Larry McKinnon    01g01    $47.05
    25566    NCB    01a01    $174.97
    25566    NCB    01a02    $110.44
    25566    NCB    01a02a    $244.16
    25566    NCB    01b01    $5.59
    25566    NCB    01d01    $517.24
    25566    NCB    01g01    $165.37
    25566    NCB    01j01    $23.44
    25566    NCB    20a01b    $2,045.34
    25566    NCB    01a12    $175.64
    25566    NCB    04a02    $168.73
    25567    PERS    01a01    $212.27
    25567    PERS    01a02    $122.77
    25567    PERS    01a02a    $149.46
    25567    PERS    01b01    $19.21
    25567    PERS    01d01    $173.74
    25567    PERS    01g01    $214.70
    25567    PERS    01j01    $137.45
    25567    PERS    20a01b    $1,656.41
    25568    Tr.State/Ohio    01a01    $33.50
    25568    Tr.State/Ohio    01a02    $26.20
    25568    Tr.State/Ohio    01a02a    $85.02
    25568    Tr.State/Ohio    01b01    $6.17
    25568    Tr.State/Ohio    01d01    $67.36
    25568    Tr.State/Ohio    01g01    $30.20
    25568    Tr.State/Ohio    01j01    $15.49
    25568    Tr.State/Ohio    20a01b    $669.69
    25569    Ohio Def. Comp.    01a01    $100.00
    25569    Ohio Def. Comp.    01a02    $266.66
    25569    Ohio Def. Comp.    01j01    $200.00
    25569    Ohio Def. Comp.    20a01b    $235.00
    25570    Prots BiRite    01a04    $29.14
    25570    Prots BiRite    01g04    $17.86
    25571    Rel.Std.Ins.    01a06    $420.41
    25572    Delta Dental    01a06    $46.27
    25572    Delta Dental    04a10    $240.52
    25573    Qual Choice    01a06    $4,492.87
    25573    Qual Choice    04a10    $4,825.68
    25574    Frank Gates Svc.    01a15    $2,762.00
    25575    BWC    01a15    $3,297.54
    25575    BWC    20a08a    $449.67
    25576    M. Lmanna, Atty    01a26    $1,750.00
    25577    Gea.Cnty.Treas.    01a26    $1,142.17
    25578    E.Ohio Gas    01b04    $28.91
    25578    E.Ohio Gas    04a09    $86.25
    25579    Alltel    01b04    $250.27
    25579    Alltel    01k09    $180.05
    25579    Alltel    04a09    $36.01
    25580    AT&T    01b04    $43.71
    25580    AT&T    01k09    $38.71
    25580    AT&T    04a09    $22.20
    25581    Linda Phillips    01d01    $576.00
    25582    NVFD    01c05    $17,500.00
    25582    NVFD    20a07a    $52,500.00
    25583    Stoffel Seals    01g04    $293.00
    25584    Speedway    01g04    $197.67
    25584    Speedway    01d06    $80.51
    25584    Speedway    03a05    $54.88
    25585    Marge Hrabak    01j01    $255.00
    25586    Ray Fidel    01j01    $160.00
    25587    Wm. Skomrock Sr.    01j01    $160.00
    25588    Colleen Curran    01j01    $140.00
    25589    MaryLee Brezina    01j01    $120.00
    25590    Dean Eppley    01j01    $160.00
    25591    Paul Mansfield    01j01    $180.00
    25592    Marge Hrabak    01j03    $80.12
    25593    Newb.AutoParts    01g04    $37.78
    25593    Newb.AutoParts    03a05    $444.26
    25594    H&H Hardware    03a05    $11.37
    25595    Sunrise Springs    03a05    $72.75
    25596    Chagrin Oil    03a05    $290.49
    25597    Ohio Machinery    03a05    $72.52
    25598    LabSafetySupply    03a05    $111.55
    25599    AlliedDealers    03a05    $72.00
    25600    FarmersWelding    03a05    $35.19
    25601    Active Plumbing    03a08    $393.97
    25602    ConcordRoadEquip    04a04    $503.40
    25603    Osborne Stone    04b02    $2,901.07
    25604    Auburn Pipe    04b02    $1,785.20
    25605    GeaCntyTwpAssoc.    01a03    $31.50
        Total:        $121,232.93

This meeting was adjourned at 10:10 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

A special meeting of the Board of Township Trustees, Newbury Township was called to order at 7:00 p.m., July 7th, 2003, with Mr. Majeski and Mr. Fioritto present.

The trustees reviewed the 2004 Budget worksheet as presented by the Clerk.  At 8:20 p.m. Mr. Majeski moved that the board take a brief recess; Mr. Fioritto seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.  The board returned from this recess at 8:31.  After further discussion, Mr. Majeski moved that the 2004 Budget be passed as presented by the Clerk.   

A general discussion period covered future planning for needed business growth and tax income.  Mr. Majeski moved that the meeting be adjourned at 9:17 p.m., Mr. Fioritto seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.


____________________________  __________________________________     
  William Majeski – Chairman        Robert Fioritto– Vice Chairman       


____________________________  ___________________________________
 Glen Quigley                         David Lair – Township Clerk