Trustees meeting 5/6/09

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Township Trustees, Newbury Township was called to order at 7:30 p.m., May 6, 2009, with all trustees present. 

 

Mrs. Mary Lou Douglas presented a petition signed by 23 of 26 possible homeowners in the Newbury portion of the Lucky Bell subdivision in opposition to the Schabel winery operation located on adjacent land in Auburn Township.  Mrs. Douglas also presented to the trustees a copy of an email from Mr. Schabel in response to a neighbor expressing concern regarding heavy truck traffic making deliveries to the Schabel property.  Ken Weiss from the Wake Robin subdivision was present and expressed concern regarding operations seen and heard that appear to be the ongoing construction on and development of the Schabel property.  Mr. Snively said that the Newbury Township zoning department and trustees are trying to support Auburn Township's efforts in dealing with this situation.  Mrs. Endres stated that she is in constant contact with the Auburn Zoning department.  In answer to questions regarding regulation of truck traffic coming to the Schabel property, the trustees stated that other than some limitations that can be imposed during the winter frost season, not much could be done.   It was reported that Auburn Township would be holding a ZBA hearing regarding this activity at Adam Hall, and Karen Endres and Mrs. Blair stated that they would be there.

 

Mrs. Douglas also brought up her concerns about the two pending and competing Senate bills, 100 and 110, and left some information regarding these bills.

 

The trustees recognized Mr. Tony Manfroni, Director of Real Estate Development of Western Reserve Community Development, who discussed his agency's low interest loan program for home repairs.  He reported that a state grant in the amount of $50,000 has been able to help some homeowners in Newbury, and noted that they had not seen any stimulus money as of yet.  He said that he had approached to Dollar Bank, who helped them establish a program that enables those who don't find a home equity loan viable to get a loan by doing an appraisal based on projected post-appraisal values, and this program has no income eligibility limit.  Their agency will also perform on-site inspections to ensure that jobs hard to verify, such as a roof repair, have been completed properly.  Western Reserve is also working to assist in teardown and replacement of blighted structures, and offers credit counseling to help first-time homebuyers.  Thus far they have helped on 150 purchases and finances, with only two defaults to date.  They do a realistic projection of expense against income, to ensure that the homeowner can afford a home.  Mr. Manfroni works extensively with veterans, currently serving as a Veterans' Service Commissioner for Geauga County, and works to provide handicap access for veterans who have become handicapped in later years due to non-service-connected problems.  Western Reserve Community Development gets no operational support from grants, relying on donations to maintain their organization.   They build houses for a profit, but reinvests those profits into assisting through programs as discussed, and they also assist agencies such as the Department on Aging with programs such as providing smoke detectors, wheelchair ramps, and grab bars.  The trustees expressed their appreciation for Western Reserve’s efforts.   Mr. Manfroni reported that they had helped a disabled vet in Aquilla Village; rewiring his house for 100-amp service and re-insulated the structure as well.  Also described was assistance given to an 86 yr old female veteran living in Montville, with no heat in her home for 3 years.  Mr. Manfredi reported that his agency had spent $50,000 on Geauga seniors last year on various programs. 

 

Minutes of the meeting of April 15, 2009 were approved upon a motion by Mr. Skomrock, a second by Mr. Snively, and a unanimous affirmative vote.  

 

Road Activity reported by Mr. Hollis included some plowing and cindering, servicing and sandblasting of plows and spreaders, clean up of cinders, repair of snow removal equipment, and work in cemeteries clearing brush and straightening headstones.  Ditching was reported on various township roads, along with mowing of township properties, and installation of new street signs on a number of roads, using the new ultra reflective signs.   The trustees and Mr. Hollis discussed possible repaving and purchase of equipment for this year.  They also discussed the current ODOT work going on along Route 87, which includes placement of a topcoat of asphalt from the Teague Plaza east towards Burton, as well as discussing having the County Engineer oversee construction on road projects that affect the township.

 

Mr. Skomrock moved that the township adopt Resolution 2009050601, a Resolution of Convenience and Necessity For the Improvement of Arbor Trail, TR 736.  Mr. Snively seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote. 

 

Mrs. Endres described attendance of Zoning Dept members at a couple of upcoming seminars, and reported that Nacy Panzica plans to break ground on Newbury Center Phase II next week, either Wednesday or Thursday.  Mrs. Endres said that the Health District has asked her to gather complaints on the odor from the Mangia Mangia sewer system.  The property owner has paid a deposit on the required tap in fee, but has not taken further action as of yet.  Mrs. Endres reported on a visit to Base-Tech located next to Buckeye Chocolate is a new business in the community.  Their primary product is a line of heavy-duty bases used to reduce vibration on large pump installations.  The owner estimates that possibly 5 new jobs could be created as his business grows.  It was reported that Mrs. Endres and Mr. Snively also visited the vacated properties formerly used by Saint Gobain, along with property owner Chuck White. 

 

Mrs. Endres reported sending out 5 violation letters based on unreported property structure additions identified reviewing the county’s change detection program; 1 property owner has complied, one has requested a site inspection and another is compiling paperwork.  Two properties are yet to be heard from.

 

Fire activity for April reported by Chief Zimperman included 36 calls, and that the 300-440 series NIMS classes had been taken by Newbury Department members.  Chief Zimperman also reported that they are working on installation of bulk fuel facility at the fire station now that the nearby Disttech facility is no longer operating.

 

Mr. Mezak stated that both Recreation Board and Park Board members in attendance were grateful for the trustees sponsoring the joint meeting last Saturday.  He reported that it would be a year following final repair of Wheeler Landscaping's work on the grass area on the western side of Oberland Park before that area can be used for recreation activities.  He discussed various plan proposals for baseball/softball fields, and stated that the Park Board is looking at a sign and gazebo/pavilion structure.  Mr. Snively reported that the meeting was well attended and productive, with good information provided as to participation and demographics.  It was agreed that such a meeting should be held at least once a year, or more frequently as needs arise, and that both groups should try to have a representative attend each other's meeting.

 

The Fiscal Officer reported that the April month-end reconciliation and close had been completed this evening, following receipt of the April bank statement from National City Bank yesterday.  He reported that interest receipts continue to be down significantly, and this has also resulted in the township incurring an estimated $40-$50 service fee per month this year from National City, due to the very low interest revenue not offsetting the ongoing service charges.  It was estimated by Lorraine Harper, National City manager in charge of public funds, that about half of this monthly cost is due to fees incurred by the township's zero balance account which is necessary for the Healthcare Reimbursement Account that saves the township healthcare premium dollars, and the other half is due to additional FDIC insurance charges being passed on to each depositor in the wake of last year's financial crisis.  Ms. Harper agreed that while National City would not like to lose the township's business, it wouldn't hurt for the township to look for another depository institution.  National City has tried to maintain its competitive posture, but there is always the chance that another bank might provide more favorable terms to try to gain the township's business.

 

Purchase Orders approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:

 

P.O. #

Date

Payee

 Amount

    12-2009

4/25/2009

M.T. Business Technologies

 $    1,275.00

    13-2009

4/25/2009

3B Tech Computer

 $      449.00

    13-2009

4/25/2009

3B Tech Computer

 $      449.00

    14-2009

4/25/2009

National City Bank

 $      449.00

    14-2009

4/25/2009

National City Bank

 $      449.00

    15-2009

4/29/2009

Liberty Fabricating & Steel Inc.

 $        77.64

 

 

Total:

 $    3,148.64

Warrants approved by signing prior to or at this meeting:

 

Check #

Date

Payee

 Amount

31374

4/21/2009

CED

 $        21.23

31375

4/21/2009

Geauga County CIC

 $        80.00

31376

4/21/2009

David Snively

 $        62.73

31377

5/1/2009

Ann A. Wishart              - AW

 $      625.92

31378

5/1/2009

David J. Lair               - DL

 $    1,409.49

31379

5/1/2009

David A. Snively            - DS

 $      783.83

31380

5/1/2009

Douglas J. Zimperman        - DZ

 $    1,327.79

31381

5/1/2009

George Mansfield            - GM

 $    1,229.74

31382

5/1/2009

Janice M. Blair             - JB

 $      824.87

31383

5/1/2009

Jas. Rick Phifer            - JP

 $    1,360.81

31384

5/1/2009

Karen E. Endres             - KE

 $      965.51

31385

5/1/2009

Marge Hrabak                - MHR

 $      186.13

31386

5/1/2009

Marcia J. Mansfield         - MM

 $      180.59

31387

5/1/2009

Randal R. Hollis            - RH

 $    1,656.31

31388

5/1/2009

Randal O. Hollis            - ROH

 $    1,144.26

31389

5/1/2009

Timothy A. Mansfield        - TM

 $    1,235.10

31390

5/1/2009

William J. Skomrock, Jr.    - WS

 $      689.87

31391

5/1/2009

Treasurer of State

 $      792.45

31392

5/1/2009

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

 $    7,661.23

31393

5/1/2009

Ohio Public Employees Deferred Comp. Pro

 $      690.00

31394

5/2/2009

Douglas J. Zimperman        - DZ

 $      688.04

31395

5/6/2009

Best Sand Corp.

 $      133.00

31396

5/6/2009

United Healthcare Insurance Co.

 $    8,467.77

31397

5/6/2009

Reliance Standard Life Insurance

 $      448.53

31398

5/6/2009

FASTENAL CO.

 $          3.56

31399

5/6/2009

Morton Salt Inc.

 $    6,250.78

31400

5/6/2009

Windstream

 $      319.76

31401

5/6/2009

Allied Dealers Supply Co., Inc.

 $      147.38

31402

5/6/2009

National City Bank

 $    1,091.05

31403

5/6/2009

Verizon Wireless

 $        32.60

31404

5/6/2009

First Energy

 $    2,457.75

31405

5/6/2009

Dominion East Ohio Gas

 $      635.38

31406

5/6/2009

Ohio CAT

 $      247.30

31407

5/6/2009

Tractor Supply Co.

 $      108.92

31408

5/6/2009

Speedway SuperAmerica

 $      238.89

31409

5/6/2009

Kimball-Midwest Inc.

 $      362.31

31410

5/6/2009

Osburn Associates, Inc.

 $    1,791.85

31411

5/6/2009

Geauga County Maple Leaf

 $        25.00

31412

5/6/2009

Randal R. Hollis

 $      200.00

31413

5/6/2009

Randal O. Hollis

 $      197.95

31414

5/6/2009

Newbury Auto Parts Inc.

 $      193.75

31415

5/6/2009

Ann Wishart

 $        50.60

31416

5/6/2009

Lillibridge Landscaping, Inc.

 $      709.00

31417

5/6/2009

Liberty Fabricating & Steel Inc.

 $        77.64

31418

5/6/2009

U.S. Treasury

 $      193.70

 

 

Total:

 $  48,000.37

 

Mr. Snively brought up the issue of abandonment of Beach Drive; it appears that the township started that process awhile back, but did not complete the process.  Abandonment of the road right-of way would resolve some neighbor disputes currently underway.  Mr. Snively stated that it would be more efficient to gather information on all the potential abandoned roadways and consolidate the action to be covered in one hearing with the County Commissioners.

 

Mr. Snively reported that a Hillview resident lodged a complaint about a neighborhood event that was held last Saturday, which blocked traffic.  The trustees discussed previously-agreed to guidelines which would have the Sheriff's Department call a trustee or the town hall to verify whether or not an event has been properly authorized ahead of time.  Mrs. Blair said that she would contact the Sheriff's Department to reinforce the Board's desire that no-parking signs posted in this area are enforced by tickets and/or towing.

 

Mr. Snively moved that the Board adopt Resolution 2009050602 in support of Senate Bill 100 sponsored by State Senators Tim Grendell and Capri Cafaro.   Mrs. Blair seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote.  Mrs. Blair reported 199 total Newbury incident calls for April to the Sheriff’s dispatch center, which is in line with recent activity. 

 

Mr. Skomrock brought up the issue of reviewing cemetery policy to address questions as to reserved plots.  It was decided that the Prosecutor's office would be contacted as to any legal obligation based on a written name on the township’s cemetery map.  The trustees reviewed proposals for a garage roof for the small garage on the Town Hall property.  Two proposals were received, one from Lashley Builders and one from Klerco Construction; prices were similar but work specified was more comprehensive in the proposal submitted by Lashley.   Mr. Skomrock moved to accept the Lashley quote of $1100.00; Mr. Snively seconded this motion, which passed by unanimous vote. The trustees decided to have the other garage repairs previously discussed handled on a simple time and materials basis.

 

Mr. Skomrock provided the 2009 Memorial Day schedule, as follows:

8:30 a.m. – South Newbury Cemetery Service

9:00 a.m. – Munn Cemetery Service

10:30 a.m. – Newbury School Auditorium Service

11:15-11:30 – Parade Formation, Newbury School Grounds

12:00 noon – Newbury Center Cemetery Service

12:30 p.m. – Refreshments sponsored by American Legion Post 663, at the Legion Post

 

The township discussed with Newbury High School student Jeremiah Polz his recent recognition in a scholarship contest, as the only Geauga County student so recognized.  This meeting was adjourned at 10:08 p.m., upon a motion by Mr. Skomrock, a second by Mrs. Blair, 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