Nimishillen Township Board of Trustees

November 20, 2007


























































On Tuesday, November 20, 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, Vice President Michael L. Lynch, Trustee Allen E. Gress, Deputy Fiscal Officer Matilda Kinsley and Township Attorney Jeff Jakmides.


Trustee Shafer called the meeting to order and led the staff and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.


INVOCATION: Trustee Lynch gave the invocation.




Mike Snyder, Director of the Louisville Public Library, gave an update on the Old Middle School Reuse Project.


Trustee Shafer reminded everyone that Louisville has a huge game coming up Friday night.  TRUSTEE SHAFER MOTIONED TO SUPPORT THE LOUISVILLE LEOPARD FOOTBALL TEAM in their endeavor Friday evening seconded by Trustee Lynch.  Roll call voting:  Shafer – yes, Lynch – yes and Gress – yes.  MOTION CARRIED.  RES#07-412 


FIRE DEPARTMENT: (Fire Chief Rich Peterson)


Fire Training – December 1st:  Chief Peterson said there will be a live fire training on Saturday, December 1, 2007.  He will contact each Trustee with details.


Written Fire Department Reports: Trustee Gress said the Road Department and Zoning Department are required to submit written reports at every meeting and questioned why the Fire Department was not required to submit a written report. 


Chief Peterson said he used to do reports but because the reports were very lengthy, the past Board said it could be done as requested.  The Chief said he files an annual report every year.  It was requested that the Fire Chief submit a written report for department activities as the Road and Zoning Departments do.


Fire Department staffing and training was also discussed.


Invoice from Robertson & Pidcock:  Attorney Jeff Jakmides said a bill was received from Robertson & Pidcock for attorney’s fees in connection with Fire Station #3.  Attorney Jakmides said the Resolution that was passed on May 11, 2006 indicates that Attorney Allen Schulman would be hired to represent the township regarding this matter.  After discussion, the Board agreed to get hold of Commissioner Todd Bosley for more details and find out exactly what the agreement was.  Attorney Jakmides was also concerned there seemed to be no contract in place.  Township Secretary, Sharon Shaub, will provide him with a copy of the CD from the 5/11/06 meeting.


Attorney Jakmides feels there needs to be further investigation and invite Attorney Robertson to meet with the Board at the next Trustees meeting.  The Board agreed.







November 20, 2007 Trustees Minutes (Cont.)


ROAD DEPARTMENT: (Interim Road Superintendent Jamie May)


Vac Truck:  Trustee Lynch and Jamie looked at a Vac truck that would be used to blow out resident’s driveway culverts.  The cost for a new one is around $140,000.00.  Lynch said there are five townships (Washington, Marlboro, Lexington, Paris and Nimishillen) proposing to go together to buy one.  Lynch said this is in the preliminary stage of thinking.  Lynch said we would be looking for grant money and maybe some matching funds.  With the new EPA laws, Lasure indicated that in the next couple years, we will be responsible for keeping culverts clean so eventually we’ll need equipment to do so.  This would also cut down on the township’s drainage problems.  Tillie was asked to find out when the road levy is up.


Road Report:  TRUSTEE LYNCH MOTIONED TO ACCEPT THE ROAD REPORT for November 20, 2007 as submitted seconded by Trustee Gress.  Roll call voting:  Lynch – yes, Gress – yes and Shafer – yes.  MOTION CARRIED.  RES#07-413  (Copy attached)


ZONING DEPARTMENT: (Keith Lasure, Zoning Inspector)


Continuous Garage Sale on Easton: After discussion, the Board agreed to have Attorney Jakmides take action on this as previously authorized by the Board of Trustees.


Zoning Report: TRUSTEE GRESS MOTIONED TO ACCPET THE ZONING REPORT for November 20,2007 as submitted seconded by Trustee Lynch.  Roll call voting: Gress – yes, Lynch – yes and Shafer – yes.  MOTION CARRIED.  RES#07-414 (Copy attached)


Storm Water Workshops: Trustee Gress reported there are Storm Water Workshops coming up on December 12th, January 9th and February 13th.  Lasure said the Health Department obtained a legal opinion and we are not included in this group.




Transfers per Res#07-02:

November 19, 2007: $22,189.50 from 01-A-25 Contingency Acct. to 01-A-10 Legal Counsel Acct.




Terri Huckels of 8730 Easton:

Ø      Reminded everyone the County and all Stark County Townships signed the Phase II Clean Water Act regarding the Storm Water Act with Stark Soil & Water.  Stark County Townships agreed to have an open ditch policy, which is needed for the natural flow of water

Ø      A levy costs more in a special election vs. a levy in the general election


CONCERNS OF TRUSTEES: (Lisa R. Shafer, Michael L. Lynch & Allen E. Gress)


Due to the Special Meeting on Sunday, November 18th, any and all Trustee concerns were discussed at that time.






November 20, 2007 Trustees Minutes (Cont.)




Crime Watch Meeting: Trustee Gress attended the Crime Watch Meeting regarding the neighborhood watch program, which is set up through the Stark County Prosecutor’s office.  He stated only eleven people attended, and he was the only representative from Nimishillen Township.  However, if anyone is interested in establishing a neighborhood watch committee, there’s a person through Mr. Ferraro’s office who will meet with the community and pass out handouts on how to get started.  Gress stated these neighborhood watch programs have been very effective in reducing crime.


Evaluations:  Trustee Gress asked about employee evaluations.  Trustee Lynch said Sharon is looking for the forms.




Thank You Letter to Fire Department:  Trustee Shafer read a letter from Harold and Marian Stertzbach thanking the Fire Department and enclosed a donation to the Nimishillen Township Fire and EMS.  (See attached)




TRUSTEE LYNCH MOTIONED TO APPROVE THE NOVEMBER 8 AND 18, 2007 MINUTES as written seconded by Trustee Gress.  Roll call voting: Lynch – yes, Gress –yes and Shafer – yes.  MOTION CARRIED.  RES#07-415





TRUSTEE GRESS MOTIONED TO APPROVE ALL PURCHASE ORDERS, FINANCIAL REPORT AND PAY BILLS in the amount of $208,227.40 seconded by Trustee Lynch.  Roll call voting: Gress – yes, Lynch – yes and Shafer – yes.  MOTION CARRIED.  RES#07-416




TRUSTEE GRESS MOTIOEND TO SIGN CHECKS AND ADJOURN seconded by Trustee Lynch.  Roll call voting: Gress – yes, Lynch – yes and Shafer – yes.  MOTION CARRIED.  RES#07-417



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ATTEST: Matilda Kinsley,                                           Lisa R. Shafer, President

               Deputy Fiscal Officer



                                                                                                         Michael L. Lynch, Vice President



                                                                                    Allen E. Gress, Trustee