Nimishillen Township Board of Trustees

September 6, 2005



On Tuesday, September 6, 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 Accept Firefighter Candidates: Russ Goffus motioned to accept Michelle Epperley as Firefighter/Paramedic, Jason Laird as Firefighter/Paramedic and Brian Lamm as Firefighter/EMT seconded by Todd Bosley.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.     RES#05-211


Donation of $720 to Akron Children’s Hospital: Chief Peterson reported he received a letter from Akron Children’s Hospital thanking them for their generous gift of $720.  This gift was designated to the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Fund to sponsor two children for Burn Camp.


Requests for Assistance to the Gulf States Disaster: Both FEMA and the Interstate Pact Agreement have requested assistance.  Four from Canton city, two from Alliance and two from North Canton have been sent to the Gulf Coast.  Deployment time is a minimum of 30-days up to 120-days and no municipality would be able to send equipment for that duration when they have to pay and then bill FEMA.  Nimishillen Township will not be sending anyone at this time.  Requests are being worked out so the duration won’t be as long.  FEMA will pay firefighters directly but the firefighter must be aware of the conditions should they decide to go.  Peterson said he is meeting with the firefighters this evening.


Fire/EMS Community Awareness Day: Just a reminder Community Awareness Day is Sunday, September 11th from1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nimishillen Grange.


911 Meeting: Peterson reported he attended a 911 meeting today.  There was a lot of discussion with recommendations to upgrade the current system.  Peterson said he, along with a couple other agencies, objected because what they are proposing does not fix the problems they have had, i.e. calls would be going into the Center but they would be directed back out.  Peterson said he would support and work towards whatever would best serve the County, but he does not support everything they want to do.  Peterson told the Board documentation would follow.


ROAD DEPARTMENT: (Superintendent Kevin Swartz)


Tires for 1-Ton Truck - $570: Kevin reported with winter just around the corner, six new tires are needed for the 1-Ton at a total cost of $570.00.


Bumps on California Avenue: A resident called and complained about items falling from trucks when they hit the bumps and also said it was noisy.  Discussion was held on grinding the bumps vs. the road crew cutting, digging and re-patching.  The Board agreed to have the bumps ground.


Holderman Job: The Board agreed to another 130 feet of 15” pipe ($676.00) and two catch basins ($418.00) for an additional cost of $1,094.00.


Road Report: Russ Goffus motioned to accept the written Road Report for September 6, 2005 seconded by Virginia Macdonald.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.  (Copy attached)  RES#05-212


ZONING DEPARTMENT: (Zoning Inspector Keith Lasure)


Due to the fact Zoning Inspector, Keith Lasure, was attending Regional Planning Commission, there was no zoning report for tonight’s meeting.




Donna Fuller of 5857 Rosedale:

  • Questioned about the donation for the Louisville Community Balloon Lift-off – said she is not for it and the residents that she talked to are not for it either.  The Board explained it would be discussed under Concerns of Trustees.
  • Asked for a definition of Home Rule: Population determines Home Rule.  With Home Rule, a law director and a police department are required, which is one step above Nimishillen Township.
  • Asked if the Township had a curfew – The Trustees said Nimishillen Township’s curfew is from dusk to dawn.



Nimishillen Township Board of Trustees



September 6, 2005 (Cont.)




Linda Shier of 8710 Easton:

  • Asked about the possibility of having a one-night gathering to meet the candidates.  Virginia Macdonald said the Juilliard Senior Center is sponsoring a Meet the Candidates Forum for the Louisville area, which will include candidates from Nimishillen Township.  This Forum will be on October 12th at 7 p.m. at the Louisville Constitution Building at 1022 W. Main St.  There will be a Moderator provided by the League of Women Voters of the Canton area.  Discussion followed.


Tom Phillips of 5363 Lesh:

  • Discussion was held on the repairs needed for road department equipment and also the Reno Road project regarding the way things were handled and the cost.


Bill Dietrich of 6095 Easton:

  • Commented on the 6-mill Fire Levy – Chief Peterson explained the 6-mill Fire Levy is a replacement of the 4-mill Fire Levy.  The 4-mill levy would be rescinded if the 6-mill levy would pass.


Ed Moody of 7018 Pilot Knob:

  • Commented he feels the Reno project was necessary and stated the Township did a good job.
  • Commented Kevin Swartz is a good Road Superintendent and is doing a good job.


Brian Stehura of 6131 Holderman:

  • Arrived late – Asked about the drainage problem on Holderman.  The Trustees explained the Board approved this project earlier tonight.


David J. Walden of 6111 Holderman:

  • Commented on the additional 130’ of 15” drainage pipe for Holderman.  Trustees told him the Board approved this earlier.




Donation to Louisville Community Balloon Lift-Off: After much discussion, the Board agreed the Township would not give a donation.  Virginia Macdonald checked with the Assistant Stark County Prosecutor who also checked with two attorneys and said they found no specific statutory authority that would allow the Township to give taxpayer money to the City.


Resident Terri Fidelholtz of 2828 Ravenna:

  • Commented on the donation the Township gave the Juilliard Center stating they provide an ongoing service such as transportation to and from doctor appointments for all residents.  The balloon fest is a one-time event and does not provide an ongoing service.  Discussion followed.


Beck Avenue Water Line: Todd Bosley stated there are three points holding him back on the water line and feels if these concerns would be addressed, the water line is something that could possibly happen.  He said he does not want it to appear the Township is being uncooperative.  The three points are:


    1. There needs to be an agreement on the process to begin to establish a bridge and a road access from SR44
    2. There should be some type of meeting with the developer or the people, developer and City to devise a plan to show the township what type of businesses would go in the development
    3. That there be absolutely no annexation on Beck Avenue whether it be a plastics company, a house, etc.


Mr. Bosley asked the Board how they felt.


Russ Goffus feels the agreement is something the Township could ask for and said the Township probably would not receive a plan because the City of Louisville doesn’t know what will go in there either.  Mr. Goffus stated he would like to see guarantees that there would be no transfer stations or junkyards or whatever the Board would decide they do/don’t want.  Mr. Goffus said the City already agreed to no annexation except for Sherwood and the Township could have them drop that, too.  Much discussion followed.


Mrs. Macdonald will send a letter to the Prosecutor for an opinion.  After receiving an opinion from the Prosecutor’s Office, a letter would then be sent to the City of Louisville stating what the Township would like to see.



Nimishillen Township Board of Trustees



September 6, 2005 (Cont.)






Virginia Macdonald motioned to go into Executive Session at 8:40 p.m. to discuss employee review for Chief Peterson seconded by Todd Bosley.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.    RES#05-213


Virginia Macdonald motioned to come out of Executive Session at 8:55 p.m. seconded by Russ Goffus.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.     RES#05-214


Russ Goffus stated that after much consideration of the extra duties involved with the Dispatch Center, he motioned to increase Chief Peterson’s salary by $200.00/week effective next pay period seconded by Todd Bosley.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.      RES#05-215




Todd Bosley motioned to approve and accept the Minutes of August 25, 2005, as written, seconded by Virginia Macdonald.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.     RES#05-216




There were no concerns of the clerk.




Carlene Harmon asked the Board for a Resolution to approve purchase orders.  Russ Goffus motioned to approve any and all purchase orders, as written, seconded by Todd Bosley.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.     RES#05-217




Due to the meeting being moved up two days, there was no Financial Report and no bills for tonight’s meeting.




With no checks to sign, Virginia Macdonald motioned to adjourn seconded by Russ Goffus.  All voted yes.  Motion carried.    RES#05-218


The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.





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                 CARLENE HARMON                              TRUSTEE PRESIDENT






                                                                               TODD D. BOSLEY

                                                                               TRUSTEE VICE PRESIDENT






                                                                              RUSSELL L. GOFFUS