June 2012


Newton Township Trustees met in regular session on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the township meeting room at the fire house.  Those in attendance were; Terry Montgomery, Dewey Stump, Norm Gill, township residents; Larry Taylor, road supervisor; Larry Geiger and Craig Knox, Newton Township Fire Department personnel; James R.Smith, Robert J. Stephenson and Charles R. Elson, township trustees; and Derek J. Dozer, Fiscal Officer.

Meeting was called to order at 7:01 pm by Smith.

Pledge to the flag was led by James R. Smith.

Agenda was approved as read.

Public Participation:

                Terry Montgomery was first to speak for public participation.  Mr. Montgomery lives at 6990 Cannon Street and was at the meeting to ask that the alley at 2nd Street be trimmed back.  Toward Lake Isabella the alley is maintained and the other way toward his property it is not.  Mr. Montgomery said that he and Mr. Tokie are requesting the alley be cleared and his gave his telephone number to the Trustees to call if they can look at it and let him know.

Dewey Stump of 3635 Washington Street was next in public participation asking on the status of his tree on his property that he feels could also be some responsibility of the Towship.   Trustee Elson said that no utilities we interested in helping take the tree down.  Mr. Stump said he is interested in having the top take out of the tree.  The Board will discuss it further. 

                No other participation from the public was requested.

Fire Department Business:  Geiger and Knox reporting.

*Knox presented invoice/estimate for the updates to Medic 1081: a 2006 International and feels the updates should get the unit an expected 8-10 additional years of service.  Trustee Stephenson made the motion to accept and move forward with the updates for a cost of $6,432.18.  Trustee Elson seconded the motion and it was approved by all 3 trustees.

*Geiger reported that Deaver met with Pat Kelly to look at a layout for kitchen

Old Business:

                Greenhouse Road Project – Trustee Stephenson talked to Mr. Waltemire and he is willing to pay the Township $2,000 to wrap up the issues with his property.  Following discussion on the issue Trustee Stephenson made the motion to accept the $2,000 payment to finalize and clear the property he is purchasing on Greenhouse Road.  Trustee Elson seconded the motion and it was approved by all 3 trustees.

                The Heckel Drive culvert is still being discussed by the State.

New Business:

                Property at 3991 Avalon was brought up due to a fence which is creating a visibility issue.  Trustee Stephenson is dealing with law enforcement.  A driver for Starlight schools called Stephenson on the matter.

Larry Taylor reporting on Roads;

                County is starting to “zip” and 20/20 will start chip sealing the week of June 11th.  Yost may not now need the County zipper as he has it cleaned up much better.  Taylor requested that the zipping possibly be done on Butcherknife instead.

                County charged the Township $100 for half a day to use their broom so ensure that is how bill comes for payment.

                Taylor stated that they have been grading and filling holes in preparation for road work.  Discussion on Harlan, Lewellyn, Leffler, and Butcherknife ensued.

Trustees Reports:

                Elson – Nothing else to report.

Smith – Nothing additional to report.

                Stephenson – Nothing additional to report.

Fiscal Officer reports:

                Fiscal Officer Dozer met with KLA Risk Management and brought up the issues which need to be addressed by the Trustees; a public records policy, motor vehicle checks yearly, documentation on signs being monitored and checked on a regular basis, sign off sheets for those renting and using the gym, and harassment training.

Documents were given to the Trustees including; Grassroots Clippings, Copies of Bank Reconciliation and Fund Status Reports, Local Funding Options and ODOT programs

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

                The next regular meeting of the township board will be July 10, 2012 @ 7:00 pm in the township meeting room at the fire department.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

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