Nimishillen Township Board of Trustees


January 25, 2007












































































































































On Thursday, January 25, 2007, 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 Lisa R. Shafer, Trustee Vice President Michael L. Lynch, Trustee Allen E. Gress and Fiscal Officer Carlene Harmon.


The regular meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by President Lisa R. Shafer who led the staff and audience in the pledge of allegiance.


Lisa Shafer reminded everyone that Mike Lynch was excused from tonight’s meeting due to knee surgery.  She said he is doing very well and expects to be at the next meeting on February 8th.


FIRE DEPARTMENT: (Chief Rich Peterson)


Annual Fire Department Overview with Trustees / Fiscal Officer: Chief Peterson requested a work session to go over the overview of the fire department for the purpose of discussing the operation of the fire department for the upcoming year.


The Board agreed to hold the work session on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 6:00 P.M. at Station No. 3.


Modifications / Additions to Fire Department Employee Handbook: Chief Peterson will leave copies at the office of the modifications / additions to the Fire Department Employee Handbook for the trustees to view, which can then be discussed at the next meeting for Board action.


Fire Department Exam for Captain Position: Chief Peterson stated there are two (2) positions open for Captain.  He said he needs one (1) trustee to sit in the oral review portion, which should be only one (1) day on a weekend.  Lisa Shafer said she is willing to do this.  Chief Peterson said he would provide Lisa with the details.




Lisa Shafer said Jamie May was going to attend tonight’s meeting and give everyone an update on everything the Road Department has been doing but due to the snow, the road crew is busy taking care of the township roads this evening.


Road Report: Allen Gress moved to accept the Road Report as presented, 2nd by Lisa Shafer with Lisa amending it for January 25, 2007.  Roll call voting:  Allen Gress – yes and Lisa Shafer – yes.  MOTION CARRIED.




Lisa Shafer asked Mr. Lasure about the problem with a fence on Broadway.  Mr. Lasure said it was taken care of once but another complaint was received, which a letter was sent a couple days ago to the person (in Bolivar) who he believes owns the property.


Zoning Report: Allen Gress moved to accept the Zoning Report for January 25, 2007, as written, seconded by Lisa Safer.  Roll call voting:  Allen Gress – yes and Lisa Shafer – yes.  MOTION CARRIED.


EPA REPORT: (Keith Lasure)


Keith Lasure announced there will a guest speaker (Julie Berberi) from Stark Soil & Water at the February 8th meeting to explain why we, as an MS4, need the revised Stark County Water Quality Regulations.  She will also explain the yearly fee.

Nimishillen Township Board of Trustees

January 25, 2007 (Cont.)




Request Tax Advance for February and July Real Estate Tax Settlement for 2007: Lisa Shafer moved to authorize the Fiscal Officer of Nimishillen Township to file requests with the Stark County Auditor for weekly Tax Advances of the FEBRUARY AND JULY REAL ESTATE TAX SETTLEMENT 2007 for the MAXIMUM AMOUNT ALLOWABLE by law of the current collection of taxes assessed and collected for and in behalf of Nimishillen Township, seconded by Allen Gress.  Roll call voting:  Lisa Shafer – yes and Allen Gress – yes.  MOTION CARRIED.


Health Insurance Renewal: After discussion, Allen Gress moved to continue for one (1) year the current program for hospital coverage, which is Aultcare, for the township employees, seconded by Lisa Shafer.  Roll call voting: Allen Gress – yes and Lisa Shafer – yes.  MOTION CARRIED.


Budget for 2007 - $3,627,945.00: Mrs. Harmon informed the Board the budget for 2007 is $3,627,945.00.  She stated the carry-over was sufficient; however, the Fire Department budget will still be very tight.




Donna Fuller of 5857 Rosedale stated at the last meeting, she talked about ways the township residents could work together to raise money for the township, i.e. paper drives, bake sales, spaghetti dinners, etc.  Mrs. Fuller asked Mrs. Shafer what has transpired since then.  Mrs. Shafer explained she did some research and found a company that does newspaper recycling; however, the price wasn’t exactly what we are looking for.  Mrs. Shafer said she had township secretary, Sharon Shaub, request a legal opinion from the Stark County Prosecutor to find out if it’s legal to do this as a township and if a citizen wanted to do this, would it be permitted to have trailers or a container placed on township property such as one of the Fire Department’s parking lots.  Mrs. Shafer said she hopes to have an answer by the next meeting.


Mark Rumble had signed up to speak at tonight’s meeting but as of yet had not shown up.  Lisa Shafer said he if comes later, we would come back to this portion of the meeting.


CONCERNS OF TRUSTEES: (Lisa Shafer, Mike Lynch, Allen Gress)


Flooding Problem on Bentler: Lisa Shafer said there’s a severe flooding problem across the road on Bentler.  One side of the road is in Plain Twp. and the other side is in Nimishillen Twp.  She called Lou Giavasis at Plain Twp. to see if we can work together to solve this problem.


Resident Bill Blackmer, who lives on Maplegrove, then spoke about the problem on Bentler stating if the township put in storm sewers to handle the water, he would have a problem if taxpayers have to pay for it.  He then continued to talk about a problem on Maplegrove (by Kiko’s).  Discussion followed.  Lisa Shafer said she would have the Stark County Engineers take a look at it.


CURRENT EVENTS:  (Allen Gress)


Allen Gress shared his first two weeks as trustee stating there’s a lot of paperwork and reading to do (which took him 1.5 hours).  He said Keith Lasure took him on a tour of the township, which took two hours.  Mr. Gress said he did not know Keith, Sharon or Tillie very well but learned that Keith is a retired Deputy Sheriff, learned part of Sharon’s email address is Twinkletoes and found out the story behind that.  He said after talking to Jamie and all the other employees, he found out the people working for the township are good, dedicated employees.


Mrs. Harmon added that local government is the most efficient government.



Nimishillen Township Board of Trustees

January 25, 2007 (Cont.)




Because one of our township residents, Mr. Blythe, who lives on Addison, is not able to attend our meetings, Lisa Shafer read a very heart-warming letter from Rose and Gary Blythe.  (Copy attached)




Allen Gress moved to approve the Minutes for January 11, 2007, as written, seconded by Lisa Shafer amending it to include the Organizational Minutes for January 11, 2007.  Roll call voting:  Allen Gress – yes and Lisa Shafer – yes.  MOTION CARRIED.




Allen Gress moved to approve all Purchase Orders, Financial Report and pay bills in the amount of $62,731.47, seconded by Lisa Shafer.  Roll call voting:  Allen Gress – yes and Lisa Shafer – yes.  MOTION CARRIED.




With no further discussion, Lisa Shafer moved to sign checks and adjourn at 7:35 P. M., seconded by Allen Gress.  Roll call voting:  Lisa Shafer – yes and Allen Gress – yes.  MOTION CARRIED.





______________________________ Lisa R. Shafer, President




Attest:       Fiscal Officer                                       

                 Carlene Harmon






                                                                               Michael L. Lynch, Vice President






                                                                              Allen E. Gress, Trustee