Nimishillen Township Board of Trustees

August 25, 2005 


On Thursday, August 25, 2005 the Board of Trustees of Nimishillen Township met in regular session at 7:00 P.M. at the Nimishillen Township Hall located at 4422 Maplegrove NE with the following members present:  Trustee President Virginia K. Macdonald, Vice President Todd D. Bosley, Trustee Russell L. Goffus and Clerk Carlene Harmon.


The meeting opened with the pledge of Allegiance.


FIRE DEPARTMENT: (Chief Rich Peterson)


Resolution to Adopt NIMS: Russ Goffus Motioned to adopt the plan to mandate the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to be utilized for all incident management in Nimishillen Township, Stark County, Ohio seconded by Todd Bosley.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.  (Copy attached)       (Res#05-203)


Update on Station No. 3/Communications Center: Everything is moving along and on schedule.


Resolution for Change Order: Chief Peterson reported one Change Order (EC1) from B & J Electric for the addition of a floor box for $391.00, which will not change the price of the contract.  Virginia Macdonald motioned to accept Change Order EC1 for the floor box for $391.00 seconded by Todd Bosley.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.  (Res#05-204)


Receipt of Ohio EMS Grant Award - $4,000.00: The Chief reported a check in the amount of $4,000.00 would be received for training and equipment from the Ohio Division of EMS.  (Copy attached)


Fire Department Evaluation of Operations/Results: Chief Peterson explained this is an evaluation by the fire department employees and is done every couple years.  It gives input and feedback from employees to find out their likes, dislikes, improvements they feel are needed, etc.


Fire Levy Information Sheet: A copy of the Nimishillen Township Fire Department Operating Levy Information Sheet was passed out.  The 6 mill Fire Levy will replace the current 4 mill Fire Levy and will cost residents $5.10 more per month for each $100,000 of property value.  This amounts to about .17 cents per day for fulltime fire and paramedic coverage for Nimishillen Township.  (Copy attached)


Community Health Fair/Community Awareness Day: Just a reminder that the Community Health Fair is Saturday August 27th from 10a-3p at Station No. 1 and Community Awareness Day is Sunday September 11th from 1p-4p at the Nimishillen Grange.


ROAD DEPARTMENT: (Superintendent Kevin Swartz)


‘No Brake’ Sign @ Intersection of Georgetown Road & SR44: The township secretary received a call from ODOT regarding a resident calling them saying there used to be a NO BRAKE sign and requested another be erected.  ODOT said there never was a NO BRAKE sign and in order for one to be put up, the township would have to request it.  The north side of SR44 is in Nimishillen Township and the south side is in Osnaburg Township.  Discussion was held, and it was decided since part is in Osnaburg Township, Kevin would call and talk to the Osnaburg Township Trustees. 


Tree in Creek @ Nickelplate Ave. and Georgetown Rd.: Resident Chuck Turner asked if the township would remove a tree from the creek so his property wouldn’t flood.  Russ Goffus stated this would flood Georgetown Road and not Nickelplate Avenue; therefore, the county should be contacted.  Kevin said he would call the county.


400’ of 15” Pipe and 4 Catch Basins at 6131 Holderman: Russ Goffus said this has been a serious problem and in winter, the water lies across the road and freezes.  Todd Bosley motioned to purchase the pipe for the project at 6131 Holderman in the amount of $3,095.25 seconded by Russ Goffus.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.  (Res#05-205)


Road Report: Kevin read his road report.  Todd Bosley motioned to accept the Road Report for August 25, 2005, as written, seconded by Virginia Macdonald.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.  (Copy attached)    (Res#05-206)


ZONING DEPARTMENT: (Zoning Inspector Keith Lasure)


Zoning Report: Keith read his zoning report.  Russ Goffus motioned to accept the Zoning Report for August 25, 2005, as written, seconded by Todd Bosley.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.  (Copy attached)     (Res#05-207)




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August 25, 2005 (Cont.)






1) Donna Fuller of 5857 Rosedale commented on the $5,600 spent on the Reno project, read ORC 507.11 (copy attached), commented on the ad Dennis Biery put in The Herald (copy attached) and the meeting held between the City of Louisville and Nimishillen Township.


2) Dennis Biery of 6582 Paris gave a presentation on Business Development and the Beck Road Water Project.   Mr. Biery said businesses look for ‘shovel ready property’, stated we don’t know what businesses are going in the industrial area but we are protected by agencies such as Ohio EPA, Stark County Health Dept., OSHA, local zoning laws and Stark County RPC.  He talked about the repair of Beck Road, truck traffic, benefits of the industrial park and taxes.  (See attached)


Virginia Macdonald responded stating the trustees are not against getting utilities for township residents but feels this is not a ‘rush’ decision and commented on questions such as:

·        Were the boundaries surveyed?  The answer is no.

·        Is the waterline on the same side of the street as the sewer line?  The answer is no.

·        What impact will this have on the township?

·        Is Beck contiguous to the City for annexation purposes?

·        Will an income tax be imposed on the businesses in Nimishillen Township on Beck if the waterline services them?  Mrs. Macdonald explained a JEDD could be done.

·        Does the property tax stay in the township?

·        Will the township be charged a surcharge for water and if so, how much would that be?


Mrs. Macdonald said the Beck Avenue issues are not simple matters and said she discussed this with the Stark County Prosecutors stating the prosecutors would like a letter from the trustees regarding the issued involved.


Mrs. Macdonald further stated the Engineers Office said they do not like half-road things, which would involve police and fire and continued with comments and facts regarding this issue.  Mrs. Macdonald received a round of applause.


Todd Bosley then addressed the ad Mr. Biery put in the Louisville Herald stating that after he read the ad, he called the developer.  Mr. Bosley said one thing missing in this whole equation to save the city, township and schools is the developer and said until the developer is involved, nothing is going to happen.  Mr. Bosley said he appreciates everything Mr. Biery does for the community but stated the fact is, we do not know what businesses will be going into the industrial area.  No one has drawn up a plan, no one has contacted any businesses, and no one has said what they were going to do.  Mr. Bosley continued by saying his problem is that he doesn’t have anything to sell to his residents such as telling them the benefits of letting the waterline go down Beck.  Because of this, it leaves the trustees ‘sitting on the fence’ not knowing if it’s a good thing or a bad thing.  If it’s a bad thing, the township trustees will be blamed – not Mr. Biery – and continued by saying this is why a precise plan is needed before the Board could make a decision.


Mr. Bosley also commented on taxes and abatements and said he is not opposed to the waterline but needs more details and plans.  Discussion was then held whether or not the Board should meet with the City of Canton.


At this time, Virginia Macdonald stated several more facts and said there seems to be a lot of misrepresentation in the newspapers and commented on businesses in the township and explained why Trilogy left the Township and Louisville.  In conclusion, Mrs. Macdonald feels this project needs more looking into and said she would write a letter to the prosecutor to have a lot of pending questions answered.  She further said the trustees look out for the interest of the township, the three trustees vote on issues and the residents’ time to vote is on Election Day.  Mrs. Macdonald received a round of applause.


3) Dawne Friedman of 5362 Francesca commented on the Beck Avenue waterline and how it affects the lives of Beck Avenue residents and commented how, after eight years on the Board, a trustee thought the expenditure allowed without Board approval was $5,000.00 when its $2,500.00.


4) Kevin Ellis of 1014 Danielle in the City of Louisville commented on the relationship between the City of Louisville and Nimishillen Township stating he would like to see more meetings held and also commented on the flooding problem in the area.  In conclusion, Mr. Ellis said the Economic Development Plan should continue but that it cannot be rushed and should involve the consideration and well being of the residents in the City of Louisville and Nimishillen Township.  Mr. Ellis received a round of applause.


5) Terri Huckels of 8730 Easton spoke about ‘shovel ready property’ in Louisville, commented on the trust between the City and the Township, pursuing water from Canton vs. Louisville, taxes, Fairhope Community, pipes and culverts in residents’ yards and the Reno project being an emergency and the necessity to go ahead with the project.


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6) Todd Pugh of 6005 Meese asked the Board to consider a $5,000.00 donation for the Balloon Lift-off on September 10th & 11th.  The cost of this event is $60,000.00.  Discussion followed and a decision will be made at the next Trustees’ Meeting.


CONCERNS OF TRUSTEES: (Virginia K. Macdonald, Todd D. Bosley & Russell L. Goffus)


‘Administrative Offices’ Sign: The Board agreed to have Fast Signs install either 6” or 9” lettering.  The Board asked Township Secretary, Sharon Shaub, to call Fast Signs and have them bring out both sizes of lettering to see which one would be better.  The cost of 6” capital letters including hardware and installation is $675.00 and the cost for the 9” capital letters including hardware and installation is $950.00.


Change September 8th Trustees Meeting Date: Since Russ Goffus will be in Washington, DC September 7th through 9th at NATAT (National Association of Towns and Townships), the Board agreed to change the regularly scheduled September 8th meeting to Tuesday, September 6th, 2005 at 7 p.m.


Oral Arguments for Groffre Lawsuit: The Board agreed to have Township Attorney, Dick Kuhn, sit in on the oral arguments regarding the Groffre Lawsuit, which will be Tuesday, August 30, 2005.


Discussion was also held on insurance coverage regarding the lawsuit.  Russ Goffus said he would call Attorney Kuhn to review insurance coverage as well as call Jeannie Sacconi at Leonard Insurance.


Set Date to Meet with City of Canton: The Board asked the township secretary to call Sam Sliman to set up a work session on either September 13th or September 20th or a date of their choosing to discuss action that could be taken for the betterment of the City of Canton and Nimishillen Township as well as Stark County as a whole.  The work session will be held at 7 p.m. at City Council Chambers.  When a date has been set, the township secretary will advertise accordingly.


Virginia Macdonald then asked the Board to jot down their concerns regarding the Beck Road Water Project and give to Sharon so a letter could be composed and sent to Deborah Dawson at the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office.




Articles should be turned in to Joanne Moody as soon as possible.  The 2005 Fall Newsletter will go out the end of September or beginning of October.




Estimate for Brakes for #2 & #3 Dump Trucks: Kevin reported he received two more quotes, one from Jasper Transport Services, Inc. for a total of $1,600.00 which includes parts and labor including the removal and replacement of all brake shoes, drums and brake shoe kits, adjust and grease.  The other quote was for $1,500.00, which did not include the drums.  The Board agreed to hire Jasper Transport to replace front and back brakes on both trucks.


Shirts for Road Crew: Kevin had a meeting set up for today at 3:30 with a sales rep but due to car problems, the sales rep did not make the meeting.  Todd Bosley suggested checking prices of shirts at Beatty’s in Louisville and also A.S.A.P. on Middlebranch.  The Board agreed for safety reasons, safety colored shirts must be worn.  Todd Bosley suggested the Board should pass a Resolution when the road crew is working on the roads, lightweight vests MUST be worn as well as safety colored shirts.  Kevin will report on prices (for shirts only) at the next Trustees’ Meeting.




Free Data Explorer Training Class for GIS: The Board agreed to send Sharon Shaub, Keith Lasure and Kevin Swartz to the GIS Training Class on Wednesday, August 31st from 2p-4p.




Todd Bosley commented on the letter from Tom Ault, City of Louisville Manager, stating Mr. Ault felt the meeting between Louisville and the Township was positive and Mr. Ault saying he would like to wait until after the election to sit down and talk.






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August 25, 2005 (Cont.)






Russ Goffus motioned to approve the Minutes, as written, from August 11, 2005 seconded by Todd Bosley.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.     (Res#05-208)


CONCERNS OF THE CLERK: (Clerk Carlene Harmon)


Transfers Per Resolution #05-005:


            August 16, 2005:

            $1,000.00         From:   10-A-01 Salaries

                                    To:       10-A-10 Repairs


            $1,200.00         From:   01-A-26 Other Expenses

                                    To:       01-J-02 Zoning Supplies


            August 23,2005:

            $1,000.00         From:   04-A-02 Employment Retirement

                                    To;       04-B-04A Medicare




Russ Goffus motioned to approve the Financial Report and pay bills in the amount of $78,209.98 seconded by Todd Bosley.  All voted yes.  Motion Carried.  (Pending Warrant Report attached)     (Res#05-209)




Russ Goffus motioned to sign checks and adjourn seconded by Virginia Macdonald.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.      (Res#05-210)


Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.





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                 CLERK/TREASURER                            PRESIDENT






                                                                              TRUSTEE TODD D. BOSLEY






                                                                              RUSSELL L. GOFFUS