January 2017


Newton Township Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  Those in attendance were Tina Huebner and County Auditor Debra Nye of the County Auditorís Office, Larry Taylor, Road Maintenance Supervisor; Chief Allen Deaver of the Fire Department, Assistant Chief & EMS Coordinator Craig Knox 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:


County Auditor

County Auditor Debra Nye and Tina Huebner came to discuss the 2 levies that were passed in November.  Auditor Nye was concerned that there would be many calls coming into the Auditorís Office around the increase in taxes and wanted to proactively meet regarding the levies and how the Trustees can get one of the levies rolled back.  Auditor Nye explained that in 2017 all 3 levies will be in places and that the Township should come to the July Budget Commission meeting to request that one of the 3 Mill levies be taken off.  All 3 Trustees agreed that this will be the best way to approach the levies.  A statement will be placed on the website to explain what the monies will be used for in 2017. 

Trustee Smith moved that Resolution 1-1-11-2017 be adopted stating that the Township will use the monies to immediately staff the FD on 24 hour coverage and a replacement boiler be installed.  It would also state the Township will have a representative at the Budge Commission Meeting in August to request that a 3 Mill levy be rolled back to reduce the impact on taxpayers.  The resolution was seconded by Elson and all 3 Trustees agreed.

Auditor Nye stated that there should be a new Road District Fund established and that monies generated from the Road levy should be placed in and used from it as road projects are completed and purchases made for the roads.

Fire Department Business

105 Runs for December.   23 Fire and 82 EMS.

Rescue 1081 was scraped in Fultonham and will be repaired by Millers.  Damage should not exceed $4,200.

The previously approved and bid airpacks have been ordered through Finley Fired and will be ordered soon.

The previously approved compressor will be purchased through Breathing Air Systems.

Both of the above purchases will be reimbursed because of a grant.

24 hour coverage started on January 1st.  No issues to date, staff has been very flexible to coverage emergencies and sickness as needed.

Transported a heart patient to hospital and was in the cath lab within 1 hour and 15 minutes.  The hospital said this will be the mark to beat and set the standard.

Banquet will be held on January 21st.  The FD requested $1500 from the Trustees to be used toward the banquet .

Trustees Stephenson made a motion to pay $1500 toward the FD banquet as has been done in years past.  Trustee Elson seconded the motion and all 3 Trustees agreed.

Road Report

Potholes and stone remain big focus.

Truck estimates given to replaced the wrecked dumptruck.  The dumptrucks being considered were automatic and standard and the Road Maintenance crew prefers standard shift.  Larry Taylor feels that the bed for the truck that was wrecked should be rehabbed and can be placed on the new truck.  Discussion ensued and it was decided to go with Truck Pro Enterprises to sandblast and paint the older bed moving forward.

Trustee Stephenson made motion to start process of ordering and purchasing dump truck on State bid through Freightliner for $74,000.  Trustee Elson seconded the motion.  2 Trustees agreed and Trustee Smith abstained.

Old Business

                Nothing new to report.

New Business

                There was an indigent death and Thompson and Sons Funeral Home will be handling the cremation and disposition.  Dozer was asked to handle the payments and communication with the funeral home.  

Trustees Reports:

                Nothing further.

Fiscal Officer Report Ė

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.

Correspondence on forfeited property from Court of Common Pleas, Zoning letter from the County, Drinking Water Notice of TTHM from Maysville Water, reminder again that the White Cottage Community Firemanís Festival Homecoming meeting in the gym on Jan 16th at 7pm.

Dozer reminded the Trustees that he would be attending the OTA Conference and there was a Public Records session he was to attend.   Trustees Stephenson made the motion that Derek Dozer, Fiscal Officer be the Designee to attend the Public Records training for Robert Stephenson, Charles Elson, James Smith and himself on January 25th in Columbus.  Trustee Smith seconded the motion and all 3 agreed.

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:35pm

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