Township Meeting - 8/2/2007

The regular meeting of the Board of Township Trustees, Newbury Township was called to order at 7:30 p.m., August 2, 2007, with Mr. Skomrock and Mr. Quigley present.  Minutes of the meetings of July 18th, July 24th, and July 26th were approved upon a motion by Mr. Quigley, a second by Mr. Skomrock, and a unanimous affirmative vote.

Fire activity reported by Mr. Fagan included July 39 calls, with 3 calls so far for August, with 299 year-to-date.

Road activity reported by Mr. Hollis included preparatory work for re-paving projects on Pekin, Elm, and Snow Roads.  Snow Road re-paving is complete; Pekin work began today, with work to start on Elm possibly tomorrow.  Also reported was some ditching work on Crestwood.  Mr. Quigley reported that he had spoken to Geauga Soil and Water District and it has been determined that a new water flow occurring at the St. Helen’s construction project appeared to be coming from an underground stream.  It appears that this water flow might require a new culvert pipe to be installed under Hillview.

Zoning activity reported by Mrs. Endres included a report of the Thomas hearing recently held at Judge Fuhry’s court.  Judge Fuhry imposed a 30 day sentence, which was suspended until August 30th, to be imposed at that time if he has not complied with the terms of the judgment entry.  Mrs. Endres also reported an interest in the Wingate property, with this party interested in the possibility of re-building a structure on the existing structure’s footprint.  It was noted that a vacancy period from the last residency use was not yet at the two-year mark, after which time further residence occupancy would require a use variance.  It was reported that Judges Burt and Fuhry will be attending a Zoning Inspectors’ meeting to be hosted by Newbury in September.  A proposed office structure near the intersection of Sperry and Rt 87 was briefly discussed.  It was noted that a proposed configuration of office space on the ground floor with living space on a second floor was discussed; while this type of design is not currently contemplated in township zoning, the trustees indicated that it might be worthwhile to consider.  It was noted that Mr. Panzica is scheduled for a sign variance hearing on August 14th; the current plan is that the electronic bulletin board will be amber in color, and remotely controlled from the Panzica offices.

The Fiscal Officer reported that he had completed the July month-end bank reconciliation and had printed the monthly statements, with electronic copies to go out to the trustees and members of the Financial Review Committee shortly.  

Warrants approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:    
Check #    Date    Payee    Amount
29672    8/1/2007    United Healthcare Insurance Co.    $6,301.71
29673    8/1/2007    Delta Dental    $605.48
29674    8/1/2007    Reliance Standard Life Insurance    $443.98
29675    8/1/2007    Doug Zimperman    $60.00
29676    8/1/2007    National City Bank    $145.14
29677    8/1/2007    Sunrise Springs Water Co. Inc.    $104.25
29678    8/1/2007    Windstream    $321.55
29679    8/1/2007    Speedway SuperAmerica    $328.66
29680    8/1/2007    Verizon Wireless    $72.32
29681    8/1/2007    Tractor Supply Co.    $442.76
29682    8/1/2007    Geauga Safety Council    $120.00
29683    8/1/2007    Randal R. Hollis    $850.00
29684    8/1/2007    Kevin Chartrand, MD    $51.00
29685    8/1/2007    Haueter Construction Company    $890.80
29686    8/1/2007    Shalersville Asphalt Co.    $375.38
29687    8/1/2007    Kokosing Materials    $5,924.70
29688    8/1/2007    Ray Fidel    $184.00
29689    8/1/2007    Tezeon Wong    $115.00
29690    8/1/2007    Mary Lee Brezina    $115.00
29691    8/1/2007    Dean Eppley    $140.00
29692    8/1/2007    Paul Mansfield    $184.00
29693    8/1/2007    William McCullam    $140.00
29694    8/1/2007    First Energy    $270.56
29695    8/1/2007    Dominion East Ohio Gas    $102.63
29696    8/1/2007    Geauga County Maple Leaf    $44.40
29697    8/1/2007    FASTENAL CO.    $28.12
29698    8/3/2007    David J. Lair               - DL    $1,014.13
29699    8/3/2007    Douglas J. Zimperman        - DZ    $1,850.61
29700    8/3/2007    George Mansfield            - GM    $1,177.20
29701    8/3/2007    Glen Eric Quigley           - GQ    $733.77
29702    8/3/2007    Janice M. Blair             - JB    $783.77
29703    8/3/2007    Jack Lashley                - JL    $1,031.14
29704    8/3/2007    Jas. Rick Phifer            - JP    $1,487.05
29705    8/3/2007    Karen E. Endres             - KE    $435.07
29706    8/3/2007    Linda C. Nokes              - LN    $807.42
29707    8/3/2007    Marge Hrabak                - MHR    $186.29
29708    8/3/2007    Randal R. Hollis            - RH    $1,829.60
29709    8/3/2007    Randal O. Hollis            - ROH    $1,137.04
29710    8/3/2007    Timothy A. Mansfield        - TM    $1,299.93
29711    8/3/2007    William J. Skomrock, Jr.    - WS    $648.77
        Total:    $32,783.23

Mr. Quigley reported that he has spoken to Carmella Shale from the Geauga Soil and Water District, who is waiting for some final engineering documentation from Hess and Associates to complete their approval of the Impullitti property.  Mr. Quigley reported on the Kelly-Miller circus held yesterday on the Oberland Park property as a very positive event.  As promised, post-show cleanup was complete, with no remaining trash or any evidence that a show had been held the previous day.  In reference to the possible relocation of Saint Gobain from their current location, Mr. Quigley reported that he had talked to Mia Moore from First Energy today, who reported that it appeared that energy availability appeared to be adequate at both the Rt. 87 and Rt. 44 intersection and around the industrial-zoned property just west of the town center.  Mr. Quigley and Mr. Skomrock agreed that they would continue to search for suitable options to encourage Saint Gobain to remain in Newbury.

Mr. Skomrock reported that HB 694 requirements had been relaxed through subsequent changes in the legislation as compared to the original requirements.  Mr. Skomrock also reported 120 911 calls logged by the Sheriff’s office for July for all Newbury activity.

Mr. Mezak reported that he has been meeting with Rudy Schwartz who is working on surveying prior to any excavating of the Oberland Park site for improvements to be made from the HUD grant, and reported that the location of gas lines leading to the two gas wells on the property remains an issue.  Mr. Mezak also reported that he was working on a donation for gravel for access driveways.

Mr. Fidel reported that the American Legion would like to install a handicap access ramp and front door on the township-owned building that the Legion currently rents, at the American Legion’s expense.  The trustees agreed with this plan, and offered to provide any township equipment resources that might be available to assist in this project.
In response an audience question regarding conditional use zoning requirements, Mrs. Endres stated that items that required conditional use are a higher or more severe use than what the property in question is normally zoned for.  In response to a follow-up question, Mr. Quigley stated that due to resource and time limitations of the Zoning Department, a non-permitted use would not necessarily be acted on unless a complaint was received, and that non-action by the township against a non-permitted use where no complaint had been received did not relieve the property owner from going through a conditional use hearing and paying the appropriate hearing fee if the owner wanted formal township approval of that non-permitted use.  The audience member questioned the necessity to go through the time and expense to the applicant of the conditional use hearing process.   Mr. Quigley replied that the conditional use hearing process was to allow adjoining property owners the opportunity to raise objections to such conditional use, and that the fee was intended to support the total costs involved in a conditional use hearing.  When the audience member who raised this issue stated his understanding that some zoning meetings were not open to the public, the trustees and Mr. Fidel from the ZBA replied that these meetings were public, but that individuals wishing to present verbal comments during a conditional use hearing had to be sworn in prior to presenting such comments.

This meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m., upon a motion by Mr. Quigley, a second by Mr. Skomrock, 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