Township meeting 4/01/09

The regular meeting of the Board of Township Trustees, Newbury Township was called to order at 7:30 p.m., April 1, 2009, with Mr. Snively and Mrs. Blair in attendance.  Minutes of the meeting of February 21, 2009 were approved upon a motion by Mrs. Blair, a second by Mr. Snively, and a unanimous affirmative vote.


Mrs. Mary Lou Douglas representing other property owners in the Lucky Bell Lane subdivision addressed the trustees regarding the operation of a winery on a property located east of the Shadow Wood Drive cul-de-sac in Auburn Township, with traffic from this property using Shadow Wood Drive and Lucky Bell Lane to access this establishment.    Mrs. Douglas stated that she lived in Newbury Township in the Lucky Bell Farms subdivision, and had built her home in 1978, when the subdivision ended in a cul-de-sac with all access, including homes located south of the Newbury Township line in Auburn Township, being through Lucky Bell Lane, which intersects with Bell Road in Newbury.  Mrs. Douglas stated that the Lorien Woods subdivision located entirely within Auburn Township was developed later on, resulting in Lucky Bell Lane being extended south straight through to Stafford Rd., making it a through street with a speed limit of 35mph, rather than the previous 25mph limit which is permitted on a cul-de-sac.  Mrs. Douglas reported that the Schabels purchased a 64-acre parcel located east of the Shadow Wood Drive eastern cul-de-sac, with this parcel originally having been planned for expansion of a residential subdivision.  At some point, a small portion of property was acquired on the eastern edge of the Shadow Wood cul-de-sac, allowing driveway access for the 64-acre parcel through this point.  Following their purchase of this parcel, the Schabels created a farm on that property, which has since been developed with grape vines for subsequent processing into wine.


Mrs. Douglas reported that during the previous year, many trucks have been observed coming and going into this property through the residential roads, for purposes of development and construction on the property, including paved driveway and several buildings.  It was reported that all the current structures have been completed within the last year.  It is reported that Mr. Schabel held a meeting recently with neighborhood residents and stated that he plans on opening the winery on June 12th.  Mr. Schabel reportedly has also expressed plans for installing a sign at the corner of Lucky Bell and Bell Road in Newbury, to direct visitors to his property.  Mrs. Douglas reported that Mr. Schabel has been granted 3 liquor permits for the manufacture, distribution, and sale of wine products on his site, and Mr. Schabel has stated that his goal is to obtain an A1A permit, which would also allow the serving of beer and hard liquor on his property.  Mrs. Douglas also reported that 3 zoning variances relating to this property are pending in Auburn at this time, including application for buildings which have already been constructed, and that a permit to serve food onsite has been applied for as well.


The trustees stated that they would be conferring with the Prosecutor’s office on this matter.  Mrs. Douglas reported that area residents have formed a group called the Winery Task Force, with the intent to bring pressure on Mr. Schabel to find an alternate access to this property so that the many customers he envisions coming to his operation do not utilize the roads and drive through the neighborhoods that were designed to be a quiet cul-de-sac area.  Other Lucky Bell residents in attendance reported that two to three hundred cars are anticipated to be driving to the Schabel property for each of many events currently planned for the coming year.  Mrs. Endres stated that she would not permit the installation of a sign that Mr. Schabel had expressed interest in placing at the corner of Bell Road and Lucky Bell to promote this operation.  Several other Lucky Bell residents expressed their concerns regarding this project, and the trustees said that they would be conferring with the County Prosecutor’s office to ensure that all legal options for protection of the area residents’ interests were explored.


Road activity reported by Mr. Hollis included ditching on various roads, replacement of drive pipes, cutting of berms, one funeral, cemetery work, clean up of plows, and cold patch application on Valley, Music, and Cross Creek.   Mr. Hollis reported on plumbing line repairs behind the former fire station building being rented by Ironman Contracting.  Mr. Snively reported on a positive compliment from a resident on the re-installation of lighting to illuminate the township recycling area.  In response to a question regarding responsibility for clean-up of debris from a vehicle accident, it was noted by Mr. Hollis that the responsibility for clean up of each vehicle’s parts lies with the wrecker operator who removes that vehicle from the scene.


Mrs. Endres stated that her monthly reported included a lot of Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals activity, with the Zoning Commission planning to add the “general welfare” clause as recommended by the Planning Commission.  New owners of the former Gage property on Bass Lake Rd. have stated that the house there will be torn down.  It was reported that the Geauga County Auditor’s office has installed a change detection program that will assist the Zoning Inspector in identifying changes that have been made in properties without applying for a permit for these changes.  Form letters will be mailed out where unpermitted construction is identified, to encourage owners to obtain proper permits covering these changes.  Mrs. Endres also stated that the Zoning Inspectors’ meeting on April 8th would probably discuss the Shadow Wood winery issue.


Mr. Lair noted that the March month end reconciliation was complete with reports to follow shortly, but that receipt of April and subsequent month’s financials may be delayed due to changes to the National City systems following their acquisition by PNC that have up to now allowed next-day receipt of bank statements.  Mr. Lair discussed the Connect Ohio broadband initiative meeting held yesterday at Geauga County Building 8, stating that a number of county stakeholders were present, discussing the need for improvements in broadband access throughout the county, as well as ways that local government entities may collaborate in the future to improve access and possibly reduce overall costs of connectivity and distribution of technology.


Blanket Certificates approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:

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Various Vendors

 $    2,030.00

Warrants approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:


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Cars Autobody

 $        83.80



Geauga County Township Association

 $        80.00




 $      312.92



Turney Home and Auto

 $          3.29



National City Bank

 $      253.92



Kimball-Midwest Inc.

 $      569.18



Speedway SuperAmerica

 $      181.07



Morton Salt Inc.

 $    2,575.55



Dominion East Ohio Gas

 $      393.09



Spear's Chardon Tractor

 $        58.89



Reliance Standard Life Insurance

 $      448.53



Ohio CAT

 $      225.46



First Energy

 $      657.53



Allied Dealers Supply Co., Inc.

 $          5.25



Chagrin Oil & Gas Co. Inc.

 $      442.12



Active Plumbing Supply Co.

 $        28.11



Osbourn Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc.

 $      787.00



Dayton Legal Blank Inc.

 $      126.02



Verizon Wireless

 $        33.74



Dominion East Ohio Gas

 $        71.06



Dominion East Ohio Gas

 $      247.06



Ann A. Wishart              - AW

 $      562.59



David J. Lair               - DL

 $    1,409.49



David A. Snively            - DS

 $      838.55



Douglas J. Zimperman        - DZ

 $    1,282.47



George Mansfield            - GM

 $    1,196.51



Janice M. Blair             - JB

 $      824.87



Jas. Rick Phifer            - JP

 $    1,335.52



Karen E. Endres             - KE

 $      935.94



Marcia J. Mansfield         - MM

 $      188.44



Randal R. Hollis            - RH

 $    1,625.74



Randal O. Hollis            - ROH

 $    1,097.74



Timothy A. Mansfield        - TM

 $    1,201.86



William J. Skomrock, Jr.    - WS

 $      689.87



Marge Hrabak                - MHR

 $      256.66



Treasurer of State

 $      848.15



Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

 $    7,171.19



Ohio Public Employees Deferred Comp. Pro

 $      690.00




 $  29,739.18


Mr. Snively reported that the signs prohibiting ATV activity were installed and are still there a week later.  Letters have been sent to many residents surrounding the Oberland Park area notifying them of the prohibition against ATVs and asked for help in reporting violations.  Mr. Snively reported that he had worked with Mrs. Endres to create job descriptions to facilitate the hiring practice for members of the Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Mr. Snively moved that the board adopt these job descriptions; Mrs. Blair seconded that motion, which passed by unanimous vote.  Mrs. Blair noted that she and Mr. Snively and Mr. Skomrock were engaged in an ongoing review of the township policy manual, in order to bring it up to date and keep it in compliance with changing public employee law.


Mrs. Blair reported that 184 calls from Newbury had been received by the 9-1-1 center for the month of March.  Mrs. Blair also reported that OTARMA would be providing an additional discount for the township’s participation in the OTARMA property/casualty/liability program.  It was also reported that the Geauga County Community Improvement Corporation would hold their annual Salute to Business and Industry on April 23.


Mr. Snively reported that a Newbury family located on Dianne Drive had requested use of Grange Park for a graduation party on July 25th.  The trustees agreed that this might be permissible if the family agreed to the terms of an agreement that would be created from the current town hall use form, which among other things would require that all trash generated during this event would be removed by the family hosting the event.

Mr. Snively said that Newbury area Kiwanis has purchased a small playhouse to be raffled as a prize later in the year but which would be first used as a booth to sell raffle tickets at various locations and events during the year, and that the Kiwanis would like this structure to be displayed during Memorial Day on the 87/Auburn corner.  The trustees agreed that this would be permissible.


Correspondence received since the last meeting included a notice from the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste District that the township was receiving $1785 to implement a scrap tire collection program.  This meeting was adjourned at 8:56 p.m., upon a motion by Mrs. Blair, a second by Mr. Snively and a unanimous affirmative vote.




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David Snively – Chairman                                          Jan Blair – Vice Chairman



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William Skomrock, Jr.                                                            David Lair – Fiscal Officer