February 2017


Newton Township Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.  Those in attendance were Township residents Steve Moore, Eric Robinson, John Phillips and Chris Stewart, Larry Taylor, Road Maintenance Supervisor; Chief Allen Deaver of the Fire Department, Assistant Chief & EMS Coordinator Craig Knox and Jeff Swingle of the Fire Department;  James R. Smith and Robert Stephenson, Charles R. Elson, Township Trustees and Derek J. Dozer, Township Fiscal Officer.

Meeting was called to order by Trustee Elson at 6:00pm.

Pledge to the flag was led by Charles R. Elson.

Agenda approved.

Minutes were approved as presented.

Public Participation:

Steve Moore of 7170 Old Town Rd in Fultonham.

Came to the meeting to speak about his disapproval of the recently passed levies.  Said the levies were raising his taxes around $350 a year.  He is also very concerned about the ongoing water issues with high level letters he receives.   The Trustees explained to Mr. Moore that they are not in charge and have no control over Maysville Water.

Eric Robinson – 4170 Madison Street in Avondale.

Came to the meeting to talk about the Drive Thru traffic and get an update on anything that might be done about the chickens and animals running through the neighborhood destroying yards and making a mess.  Trash is piled up at the Drive Thru.  Talked to Trustee Stephenson and they were going to try and put signs up.  Trustee Stephenson will also send a letter about chickens and loose dogs.

Fire Department Business

Fema Grant for purchase of air packs will be coming in soon.

Received 2k from Commissioners sent to the Fire Association.

Grants in the future will need to be spent in 6 months starting with the 2017 cycle.  FD has received a Ford Fleet identification number to use if we purchase any Ford products. Around a 3k discount.

Mr. Trash sent estimate of $130 a month for 2 dumpsters.

Discussion about the boiler.  It is not in good shape per the inspection.  FD would like to move forward with purchase of a new boiler unit.

Trustee Smith made the motion to purchase a new boiler from Stewart Plumbing for $42,003.00 and also to purchase an extended warranty to cover problems not to exceed $1,500. Trustee Elson seconded the motion and all 3 Trustees agreed.

Road Report

Have been focused on fixing equipment.

Freightliner Truck at State bid pricing is $72,941.00  Trustees asked that the old truck be placed in paper to accept sealed bids due to its value.  Information will be provided to the Fiscal Officer on description, etc.

Slack Rd Bridge will be fixed if the Township can pay $10,000 and the Commissioners have agreed to pay the other $10,000 for the work to be done by the County Engineer’s Office.

Trustee Stephenson made a motion to accept $10,000 from the County Commissioner’s and to pay the County Engineer’s Office $10,000 from the Road and Bridge fund to be used for repairs on the Slack Road Bridge.  Trustee Smith seconded the motion and all 3 agreed.

The Township will be putting out requests for bids on pavement this Summer.  The Trustees will be providing the Fiscal Officer an amount of roadway that the Township is planning to pave and an ad will be placed in the paper. 

Old Business

                Nothing more to report.

New Business

                Nothing more to report.              

Trustees Reports:

                Nothing further.

Fiscal Officer Report –

Presented payment registers, fund status reports, bank reconciliation, grass roots clippings.

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

Dozer communicated that he had attended the reminded the Public Records training as the designee and everyone was covered for their terms.

Letter from Ohio EPA on training and letter from Health Department about upcoming meeting.

Reminder that until the new levy monies come in that things are very tight with spending.

Next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Fire Department.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25pm

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