Township Meeting - 6/1/2005

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Township Trustees, Newbury Township was called to order at 7:30 p.m., June 1, 2005, with all members present.   Minutes of the previous meeting were approved upon a motion by Mr. Majeski, a second by Mr. Fioritto, and a unanimous affirmative vote.  A letter from Mr. Dan McDermott regarding the continued operation of the police department and recommending its closure was read by the Clerk.  Mr. Quigley noted that a representative from the Fire Department couldn’t be present tonight, and publicly thanked the Fire Department, Police Department, the American Legion and VFW, and the veterans in the community who were present for the Memorial Day celebration.

Road activity reported by Mr. Hollis included ditching on Pekin and Music, repair on Music, and repair in cemeteries.   It was noted that a pre-construction meeting with Ronyak Paving regarding the Pekin Rd. project was to be held Friday at 10 am at the garage.  The Road Department was reported to be getting ready for clean-up day.   It was noted that the Road Department was now handling the construction of cemetery monument bases.

The trustees agreed upon the time and date of 7 pm on June 29th for the annual budget hearing to review the proposed 2006 township budget.

In response to resident concerns, Chief Battaglia said that he would target Munn and Bass Lake Rd. and Pekin for reported speeders.  Chief Battaglia said that he would make sure that a representative of the Police Department would be at each township meeting, and he would personally attend at least one of those meetings each month.
In response to a question regarding the presence of the Durango police vehicle at Geauga Hospital, Chief Battaglia provided detail of his duties on that day within the township, but could not provide any information as to the vehicle being at Geauga Hospital.  He assured the trustees that he does not take the vehicle to the hospital, other than on official police business.  As to the proposed disposal of the oldest police vehicle, Chief Battaglia offered to have the costs of the insurance for the third vehicle deducted from his pay, and said that he thought someone might be willing to donate the sale price of the car to the township.  He also said that the other two vehicles are both scheduled for service at the same time in the next few weeks.  Mr. Quigley said that the third cruiser could be retained until the repair issues on the other two vehicles were resolved.  The issue was again raised by a resident regarding the identification of the police Durango at Geauga Hospital at 4:25 pm., May 10th.    It was decided that there would be a meeting on June 29th following the budget hearing to discuss the continued operation of a township police department.  The next regularly scheduled meeting was moved from June 15th to June 23rd at 7:30, due to absences of two of the trustees on the 15th.

Mr. Fioritto commented on information that he recently received from several sources.   According to Mr. Fioritto, Chief Battaglia’s attorney stated that Chief Battaglia was unaware of the township being named as a defendant in the lawsuit, and that township was taken off the lawsuit, with OTARMA being directly named in its place.   Mr. Fioritto said that Jim Delucas from Burnam and Flower, the OTARMA agent stated that the township should not be concerned about a rate increase on the township insurance due to any claim filed by Chief Battaglia.  Mr. DeLucas also stated that Chief Battaglia was eligible to file under the township’s Uninsured Motorists coverage.  In regards to the Workers’ Compensation issue, the Frank Gates Company stated that the township might be losing its group eligibility, due to a total of eight claims submitted by individuals covered.  $12,500 is the maximum amount that will be charged against the township’s group eligibility due to Chief Battaglia’s claim, and that there was $9,603 also to be charged due to other claims, and those claims by themselves would be sufficient to put the township into a penalty rating situation.  It was noted that Chief Battaglia’s injury occurred on 12/17/2002, and he returned to work on 6/2/2003.   The six months of paid leave resulted in $6,000 total paid in salary continuation, but Mr. Fioritto said that doing this saved $30,000 by thereby allowing the township to stay in the lower-cost group.  Two years of such savings for 2004 and 2005 thereby equals $60,000 in overall savings.   Mr. Fioritto commented that Mr. Battaglia’s cooperation in accepting wage continuation probably reduced the amount that Chief Battaglia could have collected.   He stated that the trustees have to stay within their budget, but that safety, especially for the children, needed to be kept in mind and personal issues should be set aside.  He expressed his appreciation for the work that the members of the Newbury PD have done.  Mr. Majeski expressed his agreement with what Mr. Fioritto had said, and expressed his desire to maintain safety for the township residents within the available budget.  

Mr. Quigley presented several items of out-going correspondence for the other trustees to review and sign.  Mr. Quigley presented a revised trail plan to the other trustees to sign to submit to ODNR for the Natureworks Grant.  

Mr. Majeski moved that the township adopt the Geauga County Highway Use Manual, Revised 2005, as adopted by the Geauga County Commissioners on April 28, 2005.  Mr. Fioritto seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.

Mr. Quigley reported on a letter from Attorney Abe Cantor regarding the ongoing All-Erection Crane case.  Other correspondence received since the last meeting was read by Mr. Quigley.  

Mr. Quigley reported on a $198,000 HUD grant that the township has been awarded.  He is trying to determine specifically what types of projects this grant can be spent on.  It was agreed by all that the administration of this grant should be handled by the Geauga County Office of Community and Economic Development.

Mrs. Endres reported that she had given the trustees the written monthly report.  The trustees discussed with Mrs. Endres the need to work with the new owner of Newbury Hardware in establishing a new business sign.  Mrs. Endres reported on issues with a couple of car dealers in the township, placing vehicles in areas not permitted by the BZA permits granted.   The Roberta Ann property on Munn Road was also discussed.

Blanket Certificates approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:
B.C. #    Date    Payee    Amount
    87-2005    5/23/2005    Various Vendors    $500.00
Warrants approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:    
Check #    Date    Payee    Amount
27505    6/1/2005    Delta Dental    $594.57
27506    6/1/2005    United Healthcare Insurance Co.    $7,341.79
27507    6/1/2005    Reliance Standard Life Insurance    $463.96
27508    6/1/2005    Alltel    $472.49
27509    6/1/2005    Speedway SuperAmerica    $274.48
27510    6/1/2005    Chandler Tree Company    $1,980.00
27511    6/1/2005    Concord Road Equipment Mfg.    $1,210.49
27512    6/1/2005    Geauga Security Inc.    $74.00
27513    6/1/2005    Ohio Public Empl. Def. Comp. Pro.    $945.00
27514    6/1/2005    Allied Dealers Supply Co., Inc.    $139.32
27515    6/1/2005    Tractor Supply Co.    $202.62
27516    6/1/2005    Dominion East Ohio Gas    $716.30
27517    6/1/2005    Marge Hrabak    $19.06
27518    6/1/2005    Geauga County Maple Leaf    $51.00
27519    6/1/2005    Geraldine A. Montgomery    $217.50
27520    6/1/2005    First Quality Sales    $3.77
27521    6/3/2005    Glen Quigley    $706.29
27522    6/3/2005    Robert Fioritto    $684.76
27523    6/3/2005    William Majeski    $688.34
27524    6/3/2005    David Lair    $1,064.55
27525    6/3/2005    Linda Nokes    $716.88
27526    6/3/2005    Jack Lashley    $770.00
27529    6/4/2005    Terry Aytay    $338.22
27530    6/4/2005    Karen Endres    $627.09
27531    6/4/2005    Marge Hrabak    $149.72
27532    6/4/2005    Doug Zimperman    $1,179.97
27533    6/4/2005    J. Rick Phifer    $1,287.26
27534    6/4/2005    George Mansfield    $1,080.87
27535    6/4/2005    Randal R. Hollis    $1,551.64
27536    6/4/2005    Randal O. Hollis    $913.79
27537    6/4/2005    Tim Mansfield    $1,104.83
27538    6/4/2005    Bernie Krotine    $643.77
        Total:    $28,214.33

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

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  Glen Quigley – Chairman            Robert Fioritto – Vice Chairman       

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  William Majeski                     David Lair – Township Clerk