Nimishillen Township Board of Trustees

September 22, 2005



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On Thursday, September 22, 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.




Trustee President Virginia Macdonald asked to observe a moment of silence in respect for the passing of two township residents, Mr. Paul Carper and Candace E. Sims.


GUEST SPEAKER: (Pastor Mike Harmon)


Trustee Vice President Todd Bosley introduced Pastor Mike Harmon explaining the Pastor owns property on Broadway Avenue and Peach Street.  Pastor Harmon stepped to the podium to speak about a proposal for a water line from Louisville Street to his property, with the water line possibly running down Chester Avenue.  Pastor Harmon stated his request tonight is to begin this process.


Pastor Harmon stated he owns property in the City of Louisville and would like to obtain township zoning to build a church and complete the development in that area.  The property runs across township property.  Pastor Harmon said the City of Louisville agreed to pay the difference between an eight-inch and 12 inch pipe.  Questions and discussion followed, such as who would own the water line, if this would affect annexation, who would maintain the line, right of way concerns, etc.


The Trustees agreed a letter should be written to Attorney Deborah Dawson at the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office for an opinion regarding legal concerns.  Russ Goffus said he would contact OPWC (Ohio Public Works Commission) and ask what funding might be available for a 60,000 sq. ft. building for the cost of materials, contracts, etc.


Todd Bosley suggested writing a letter to the City to ask questions such as who would maintain the line, what size line, etc.


  • Township resident, Kevin Ellis of 1014 Danielle, City of Louisville, stepped to the podium and said he feels the church is getting the run-around from the City of Louisville and hopes the township will try to get things moving.  He said the City of Louisville could move quickly when they want and at other times, they drag their feet.


FIRE DEPARTMENT: (Chief Richard Peterson)


Fire Station/Communication Center Update: Chief Peterson reported everything is moving along.  Singles are now on the roof.


The Chief reported a Change Order (G4) was needed to add 90’ of drainage pipe and an additional sump pump to eliminate water seepage at a cost of $1,196.00, which will be a credit from R. P. Babik Const. Co.


Russ Goffus motioned to accept Change Order G4 in the amount of $1,196.00 for an additional 90’ of pipe and a sump pump on the interior of the basement seconded by Todd Bosley.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.    (Copy attached)  (Res#05-219)


Change in Federal FIRE Grant Request Amount: Chief Peterson reported this is through the Department of Homeland Security.  The Chief said he asked for 50 of the turnout gear and they said they would fund 35 sets of gear and asked for $48,200.00 for the Cascade Fill Station (breathing air compressor) and they said they would fund $40,000.00.  Chief Peterson said even though it’s less than what he had asked for, it’s better than nothing.  (See attached)


Approval for Base Station Replacement @ Hahn Road Tower Site – W&W Radio - $2,500.00: Chief Peterson reported a base station replacement at Hahn Road would cost $2,500.00.  It has been in place since 1997 and is worn out due to constant use.


Free Pancake Breakfast: Chief Peterson reminded everyone of the free pancake breakfast to be held at Station #2 on Sunday, October 16th, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.







Nimishillen Township Board of Trustees



September 22, 2005 (Cont.)



ROAD DEPARTMENT: (Superintendent Kevin Swartz)


Virginia Macdonald excused Kevin Swartz from tonight’s meeting.  Due to his absence, there will be no Road Report for September 22, 2005.




August 2005 Zoning Report for Stark County Auditor: Virginia Macdonald motioned to accept the August 2005 Zoning Report for the Stark County Auditor seconded by Russ Goffus.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.  (Copy attached)  Res#05-220


Zoning Report for September 22, 2005: Virginia Macdonald motioned to accept the Zoning Report for September 22, 2005, as written, seconded by Todd Bosley.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.  (Copy attached)  Res#05-221




  • Donna Fuller of 5857 Rosedale commented on the Community Awareness Day and commended Chief Peterson on a job well done and asked him to explain the Fire Levy, which he did.
  • Steve Roberts of 6790 Pilot Knob expressed his concern about signs in the township such as ‘we buy houses’.  Zoning Inspector, Keith Lasure, explained signs are allowed and the only regulation is they must be 10’ from the road right of way.
  • Cheryl Smith of 3595 Beck asked for updates on the Beck water line.  Todd Bosley said a letter was sent to the Stark County Prosecutor with no response to date.
  • Dawne Friedman of 5362 Francesca asked about obtaining signatures from homeowners regarding the Fairhope Ditch Project.  Russ Goffus said he would call CT Consultants and have the Work Release forms sent to the township office and would find out the anticipated start date for this project.  Dawne offered her help in going door to door to get signatures.  She also asked about mosquito spraying.  Secretary, Sharon Shaub, said she would call the Stark County Health Department and ask if they will be doing any more spraying this year.
  • Charles Peterson of 4668 Eastland asked about the $20,000.00 that was set aside for the Fairhope Ditch Project.  Discussion followed.




Estimate to Repair Trojan Loader and to Repair the Rear-end of Truck No. 3: Russ Goffus motioned to go ahead with Korte Brothers, Inc. for the repair/parts for the Trojan Loader in the amount of approximately $3,000.00 seconded by Todd Bosley.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.  (Copy attached) Res#05-222


Update on NATaT (National Association of Towns and Townships): Russ Goffus reported he attended NATaT in Washington, DC September 7th –9th, 2005 and gave an update on the meeting stating it was very informative and worthwhile.  (Copy attached)


Proposed Oil Well Drilling: Todd Bosley said he received a letter from Mrs. Debbie Hogan regarding the proposed oil well drilling adjacent to the Glenhaven Housing Development.  Mrs. Hogan would like the Board to write a letter supporting them in wanting the proposed site to be moved further away from their house.  Mr. Bosley agreed to write the letter, and the Board agreed they would all sign it.


October 12th – Meet the Candidates: Virginia Macdonald said she received a letter from Connie Schmucker and wanted to remind everyone the importance of attending the League of Women’s Voters Forum, which will be held October 12th at 7:00 p.m.  Township trustee candidates are to respond by October 1st.




  • Resident Linda Shier of 8710 Easton asked if the composting program was for township residents only.  The Board explained it’s a countywide program and anyone who lives in Stark County can use the township facility.




The Township Narrative was taken to the post office and all township residents should receive their copy soon.  Extra copies are available at the township office for those who do not receive one.



Nimishillen Township Board of Trustees



September 22, 2005 (Cont.)





Virginia Macdonald excused the Louisville High School Government students, and the officials signed their papers.




Russ Goffus reported NIMS has a website and all township personnel should take the on-line test.  Chief Peterson will email the website to Sharon and she will forward it on to everyone.  This test is to keep the township in compliance so when grants are requested, the township would get more money.




Russ Goffus motioned to accept the Minutes, as written, from September 6, 2005 seconded by Todd Bosley.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.  Res#05-223




Transfers Per Res. #05-005:


            September 12, 2005:

            $   509.00         From:   01-A-25 Other

                                    To:       01-A-16 Health District

            $4,000.00         From:   10-A-01 Salaries

                                    To:       10-A-15 Other

            $3,500.00         From:   10-A-02 Retirement

                                    To:       10-A-14 Insurance


Earned Interest Transferred to Fire Department: Clerk Carlene Harmon asked the Board for approval to transfer $30,910.00 to the Fire Department for salaries.  She said the township received $46,600.00 interest and 66.26% is Fire Department money.  The Board agreed to this.


Resolution for Travel Policy: The Board agreed to table this until the next Trustees Meeting to give them a chance to look it over before setting policy on prices/costs.




Virginia Macdonald motioned to approve the Financial Report and pay bills in the amount of $245,153.15 seconded by Todd Bosley.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.  Res#05-224




Russ Goffus motioned to sign checks and adjourn seconded by Virginia Macdonald.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.   Res#05-225






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ATTEST:    CLERK/TREASURER                           Virginia K. Macdonald, President

                  Carlene Harmon






                                                                               Todd D. Bosley, Vice President






                                                                              Russell L. Goffus, Trustee