On Thursday, February 23, 2006, the Board of Trustees of
The meeting opened with the pledge of Allegiance.
Rev. Ken Pugh gave the invocation prior to the beginning of tonight’s meeting.
Stewart – Operation Crime Watch Dog: Mike Stewart of Paris Township stepped to
the podium explaining they started the Crime Watch Dog Organization in November
2002 and hopes other townships would be interested in joining and would help
them get started. A news clip was
shown. Mr. Stewart said his group is
trying to get descriptions and license plate numbers – not arrest anyone. He said they work with the Prosecutor’s
Office and Sheriff’s Department and said
Miller – Republican Candidate for U.S. Congressman: Mr. Miller is from
FIRE DEPARTMENT: (Rich Peterson)
Update on Station No. 3: Chief Peterson reported the water was turned on today and the sewage ejector was tested and all was okay. The final ceiling inspection was done yesterday. There was an error in the epoxy flooring (wrong color was put down), which will be redone. The Chief said we are coming upon substantial completion – the building is approximately 14 days from substantial completion.
Session with Trustees & Prosecutor: A work session was set for Thursday, March
2nd, at 10:00 a.m. to be held at the Prosecutor’s Office to discuss
issues regarding Station No. 3. The
township secretary will advertise in the
Federal Grant Request through Congressman Regula’s Office: As reported at the last Trustees’ Meeting, Chief Peterson and Mike Lynch attended the meeting at Regula’s office for the Federal Request for Funding of the Regional Dispatching Systems. Peterson said a letter of support is needed from the Board as well as all other Boars, City Councils, etc. Mike Lynch volunteered our services as the lead agency to submit all the paperwork and actually be the grant recipient. The deadline for completion is March 9th. (Questionnaire attached)
Mike Lynch moved we volunteer to be the lead on the dispatch project, seconded by Lisa Shafer. Voting: Mike Lynch – Yes, Lisa Shafer – Yes and Todd Bosley – Yes. Motion carried.
February 23, 2006 (Cont.)
to Approve Valerie Hostettler as Firefighter / Paramedic Candidate: Lisa Shafer
approve Valerie Hostettler as Firefighter / Paramedic Candidate for
ROAD DEPARTMENT: (Chris Peterson)
Superintendent Chris Peterson was excused from tonight’s meeting due to illness; therefore, the first two items on the agenda was tabled until the next Trustees’ Meeting.
Written Road Report: Todd Bosley moved to approve the Road Report for February 23rd, 2006, as written, seconded by Lisa Shafer. Voting: Todd Bosley – Yes, Lisa Shafer – Yes and Mike Lynch – Yes. Motion carried. (Copy attached)
ZONING DEPARTMENT: (Keith Lasure)
Government Law Seminar: Keith Lasure reported he would be attending the Government Law Seminar at Belden Village Holiday Inn on Saturday, February 25th.
January 2006 Zoning Report for Stark County Auditor: Lisa Shafer moved to approve the January 2006 Zoning Report for the Stark County Auditor, seconded by Mike Lynch. Voting: Lisa Shafer – Yes, Mike Lynch – yes and Todd Bosley – Yes. Motion carried. (Copy attached)
Written Zoning Report: Todd Bosley moved to approve the Zoning Report for February 23, 2006, as written, seconded by Lisa Shafer. Voting: Todd Bosley – Yes, Lisa Shafer – Yes and Mike Lynch – Yes. Motion carried. (Copy attached)
CONCERNS OF CITIZENS:
Shier of 8710 Easton stepped to the podium and commented on the questionable conduct of the
three Trustees, spoke about not retaining the two road employees and asked
about the direction the Board envisioned for the Road Department. Mike Lynch said the Board answered these
questions at the last meeting. Lisa Shafer
said the Board was well within their rights according to the
Terri Huckels of 8730 Easton asked about the status of the lawsuit and the name of the attorney. Todd Bosley said the attorney’s name is Jim Mathews and explained we are waiting to hear if the Ohio Supreme Court is going to hear this case and said right now, we are trying to get a cost estimate to make the repairs within the road right of way. Mrs. Huckels asked Mr. Bosley if he feels that he should excuse himself from this lawsuit. Mr. Bosley said the lawsuit was already in progress when he took office and Attorney Mathews told him even though he rents a building from Mr. Jeffries, as long as there is no conflict of interest and he (Todd) did not benefit from any decisions, he did not have to excuse himself. Discussion followed.
Mrs. Huckels also asked if the Board reached a decision on insurance benefits from Mr. Zuccaro, Francesca ditch project, Broadway ditch project, the creek that goes through Beck Avenue, explanation about the direction and vision for the Road Department, gave a description of an ethical person and wondered which township employee would be fired next. Answers and discussion followed.
February 23, 2006 (Cont.)
8 PM - EXCUSE STUDENTS: The
CONCERNS OF CITIZENS: (Cont.)
Bill Blackmer of 3505 Maplegrove spoke on the two road employees getting fired – said it happens – he feels bad about it – but move on. He also thanked the Board for taking care of his concerns. Mr. Blackmer received a round of applause.
Before going into Executive Session, Mike Lynch moved to accept Dawne Friedman’s resignation from the Zoning Commission Board effective February 10th, 2006, seconded by Lisa Shafer. Voting: Mike Lynch – Yes, Lisa Shafer – Yes and Todd Bosley – Yes. Motion carried.
Todd Bosley moved to go into Executive Session at 8:20 p.m. to discuss candidates for Zoning Commission, seconded by Mike Lynch. Voting: Todd Bosley – Yes, Mike Lynch – Yes and Lisa Shafer – Yes. Motion carried.
Todd Bosley moved to come out of Executive Session at 8:30 p.m., seconded by Mike Lynch. Voting: Todd Bosley – Yes, Mike Lynch – Yes and Lisa Shafer – Yes. Motion carried.
After some discussion, the Board agreed on Bill Ehlers to serve on the Zoning Commission Board. Lisa Shafer moved to instate Bill Ehlers on the Zoning Commission Board to replace Dawne Friedman’s term, which will expire December 31, 2009, seconded by Mike Lynch. Voting: Lisa Shafer – Yes, Mike Lynch – Yes and Todd Bosley – Yes. Motion carried.
CONCERNS OF TRUSTEES:
March 9th Trustees’ Meeting: Mike Lynch asked the Board if he could be excused from the March 9th, 2006 Trustees Meeting due to vacation plans made a year ago. The Board approved his absence.
Work Session regarding Insurance Renewal up in May: The Board agreed to postpone setting the date for the work session until Fiscal Officer, Carlene Harmon, has a chance to talk to OTARMA.
Keith Lasure reported on bids received on the additional office space to be built in the kitchen area of the Township Road Department. After discussion, Mike Lynch moved to accept the bid from Michael E. Michel Construction Co. for a total amount of $4,950.00, seconded by Lisa Shafer. Voting: Mike Lynch – Yes, Lisa Shafer – Yes and Todd Bosley – Yes. Motion carried. Res#06-090 (Copy attached)
February 23, 2006 (Cont.)
Bosley reported on an article he read in the newspaper regarding responses from
the City of Louisville and wanted to emphasize that Nimishillen Township is
committed to working with the City of Louisville stating there was a lack of
planning on the Beck water line and regarding the County 911 Call Center, the
Township only cited problems in the system that needed fixed. Mr. Bosley stated, for the record,
Louisville to make this community better, not only for Nimishillen Township, but for the City of Louisville, collectively, as long as it’s a win-win situation for both the City and the Township.
Keith Lasure commented we have Father and Son Landscaping in court for a zoning violation. He said their attorney called him requesting a meeting with them and the City. Mr. Lasure said at the guidance from the Board, after research with Regional Planning and talking with the Prosecutor, they recommended a meeting would not serve our purpose and would cost us several hundred dollars in advertising; therefore, Keith advised Father and Son’s attorney that we were not interested in a meeting and for them to proceed however they wanted. Mr. Bosley said if they want to meet publicly, they are more than welcome to attend a Trustees’ Meeting and discuss it in public. Keith said he did offer that to them.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Lisa Shafer moved to approve the February 9, 2006 Minutes, as written, seconded by Mike Lynch. Voting: Lisa Shafer – Yes, Mike Lynch – Yes and Todd Bosley – Yes. Motion carried. Res#06-091
CONCERNS OF THE FISCAL OFFICER: (Carlene Harmon)
Annual Financial Report: Mrs. Harmon said the Annual Financial Report is complete and available for inspection by the public.
for AFLAC: Todd Bosley moved to allow
Carlene will set up a meeting for the representative from AFLAC to give a presentation to the employees.
APPROVE ALL PURCHASE ORDERS:
Todd Bosley moved to approve all Purchase Orders, seconded by Mike Lynch. Voting: Todd Bosley – Yes, Mike Lynch – Yes and Lisa Shafer – Yes. Motion carried.
APPROVE FINANCIAL REPORT AND PAY BILLS:
Lisa Shafer moved to approve the Financial Report and pay bills in the amount of $103,897.69, seconded by Todd Bosley. Voting: Lisa Shafer – Yes, Todd Bosley – Yes and Mike Lynch – Yes. Motion carried.
February 23, 2006 (Cont.)
SIGN CHECKS AND ADJOURN:
Todd Bosley moved to sign checks and adjourn, seconded by Mike Lynch. Voting: Todd Bosley – Yes, Mike Lynch – Yes and Lisa Shafer – Yes. Motion carried. RES#06-099
Attest: Fiscal Officer Todd D. Bosley, President
Lisa R. Shafer, Vice President
Michael L. Lynch, Trustee