October 2006

Newton Township Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 7:00 PM in the township meeting room at the fire department.  Those in attendance were: Larry Taylor of Taylor Excavating; Craig Knox, David Lovejoy, and Allen Deaver of the fire department; John W. Finley from Finley Fire Equipment; Derek J. Dozer, Charles R. Elson, James R. Smith, township trustees; Bernadine E. Swingle, township fiscal officer.

Meeting was called to order at 7:12 pm by Dozer, chairperson.

Agenda was approved as presented.

Minutes were amended as follows; mileage on the recently purchased dump truck is 21,500 miles, cost of replacing the bed is estimated at $1551.00.

First order of business went to Larry Taylor of Taylor Excavating, he reports he has completed the septic system for the fire department and final payment of same was presented to him.

John Finley Jr. from Finley Fire Equipment was given the floor.  He was present to present information and pricing on a 2007 Pierce ladder truck.  He explained that the next closest ladder truck in the area is Zanesville and New Lexington respectively.  The time of service for a vehicle of this sort should give 25 – 30 years of service to the community. 

Craig Knox reported for the EMS department; Neil Cornett is starting Paramedic classes at COTC.

 The Muskingum County Jail Academy is using the building for classes effective October 18, 2006.

EMT refresher classes will begin October 18, also will be held on site with most of the training coming from local firefighters and EMT’s certified to do so.

A Basic EMT class will begin October 22, 2006 and will be on site also.

 Trustees reporting;

            Smith; township has stoned the driveway of Carl Barker.

            A resident at 3443 Zella Drive is complaining of water running down their driveway.  The ditch along their property needs cleaned out as does the culvert across the road.

 Elson; a culvert has been installed at 2555 Slack Road.

            The guard rail on Stine road has been installed.

 Dozer; contact has been made with -------- in East Fultonham, he is attempting to clean up the debris on his property.  Dozer also has provided a road inventory of which road each trustee is responsible to keep maintained.

 New Business:

            Schedule for calling out employees for inclement weather to clear roads will follow same schedule as for road maintenance.

            Smith presented a list of some issues between the 2 township employees.

Trustees all agreed both employees should report to the next meeting to get any disagreements out in the open with all involved.

  Old Business:

            Mark Kennedys’ invoice for repairs to the old school building came in at $2302.00.

            J. W. Garage Door has presented an invoice for the overhead door in the old school house in the amount of $1152.60.

            The salt bin needs repaired immediately.  Smith estimated it would cost approximately $500.00 for materials plus labor.  It was determined by the board to have the road crew gather needed supplies and part time help would be called in to do the job.

 Clerk reporting;

                       Notice has been received from The Industrial Commission of Ohio that there is a possibility the hearing for _____ re; the shoulder claim hearing with OBWC will be canceled.

             Estimates for removal of two (2) trees within the township have been secured by Atkins.  Estimate from Arbor Works, LTD. came in at $1350.00 while the same estimate from McCullough’s Tree Service came in at $2995.00.  Arbor Works (Jeff’s Tree Service) will be contacted to do the work.

            Notice has been received from Muskingum County Board of Elections re; the upcoming election on November 7, 2006.

            Kelly Architectural Services, INC. has inquired as to zoning and building restrictions within the township.  There are none beyond what falls under the county jurisdiction.

            Notice has been received form The Citizens for Community Values re; a meeting in Cincinnati to be held on November 3 to assist in stopping sexually oriented business from coming into the community.  The township has an existing policy re; same.

            Registration has been received on the newly purchased 1995 dump truck.

            Notice has been received from Englefield Oil Co. of a price increase in their products effective November 1, 2006.

All bills presented for payment were deemed to be valid expenditures and were to be paid as presented.

Next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2006 at 7:00 PM in the meeting room at the fire department.  The second meeting for October was cancelled by unanimous vote of the board.

Meeting adjourned at 9:07 PM.

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