The Board of Perry Township Trustees met in Regular Session on Monday, May 12, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Room in East Liberty. Roll Call: Gary Baker, present, Jeff Rosebrook, present, Merle Ackley, present and Cindy Stalling, present. Also present was Melony Baker, Robert Bibart, Margie Cook, Keith Montgomery, Howard Kaiser, Doug Henry, Dave Frangis, Dave James, Dan Ackley and Paul Blair.
The minutes of the previous meeting was given to the Trustees to read prior to this meeting. Mr. Baker asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes and they stand approved as written.
Mr. Baker asked if there were any additions or corrections to the financial statements that were given to the Trustees from the fiscal officer. They stand approved.
Mrs. Melony Baker reported that Mrs. Bev Wolf needs help from the fire dept. tomorrow around 12:00 p.m.
Mr. Rob Bibart of the Log. Co. Sheriff’s Dept., was back to see us and to see if we have concerns. He had an update on the runs they have made to Perry Township for the 1st quarter of 2008. Mr. Merle Ackley was concerned with the visibility of parking around the post office and Foundry Street in the morning especially when everyone is going to the post office to get their mail. Our concern with the parkers at the shelter houses at Perry Park around 3:15 p.m. was also voiced. Trustees would also like to see the cemeteries patrolled too.
Mrs. Margie Cook, squad chief, would like to get a GPS for the squad. Trustees told her to get some prices before our next meeting and present them to us then.
She also wanted to know about tile in people’s property, who is responsible for it if it’s plugged? They have a hole in their back yard between their barn and their house, Dave Cook thinks that it’s a broken tile. Mr. Baker told her that if it serves just their house, it’s their problem, if it serves more than 1 home it’s the township’s responsibility. Mr. Jeff Rosebrook said that he will stop down and take a look at it and see what he thinks.
Margie said that the squad needs more straps for the backboards, they keep coming up missing.
Fire Chief Keith Montgomery, reported that he hired a medic, Mr. Scott Harris, he lives in Bellefontaine, and is from the Xenia area. He started today and will be paid $12.50 per hour. Keith took him around and showed him where things are, and Margie called his references on his applications, and they gave him all good reports, and his back ground check was good too.
Chief got 3 air pack covers.
Chief reported that Robert Shively is going to be doing more schooling at Rhodes State College. He will be taking courses for his medic degree, the price for these classes are $819.40.
Chief asked for a set of turn-out gear for the new guy, Mr. Harris, and also for a new coat for Dave Cook, as he has outgrown his. Mr. Gary Baker made a motion for said purchase, seconded by Mr. Merle Ackley. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
Chief Montgomery was talking to Mr. Keith Levan about his parents property at the corner of CR 2 and SR 292. Mr. Levan would like for a trustee to call him and let him know if the township is interested in purchasing the land or not.
Chief Montgomery thanked the trustees for letting them use the office to conduct interviews recently.
The siren is not fixed yet. The parts are suppose to be in today to fix it. After it gets fixed, we will start doing a weekly test on it to make sure it is working. We will do the test on Wednesdays at noon.
Assist. Fire Chief Doug Henry reported that he has been working with an interior designer on the room at the firehouse. She wants to meet again with Mr. Henry on May 21st at 4:00 p.m.. They want to remodel the room and bring it up to date, trustees told Mr. Henry to get a price from this lady that she will NOT exceed and bring back to our next meeting.
Mr. Baker reported that the pumps for the fire dept. are still on back order.
Mr. Henry reported that at FDIC they had a gear grid system and the fire dept. would like to have them. They figured it up and we would need to purchase 33 units at $202.00 per unit, and would need some other supplies to finish the work, it would all total $7,500.00. Trustees told them to try and get some other prices before out next meeting.
Mr. Dave James, of Heiby Oil, wanted to know if we were interested in the pre-buy for next year, the earlier we get the better price he feels that we can get. He said that we could purchase right now for $2.29.9 and he would hold that price for 30 days. Last year we purchased 7,500 gallons. After some discussion, Mr. Jeff Rosebrook made a motion to purchase 7,500 gallons at 2.29.9, seconded by Mr. Merle Ackley. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
Mr. Dan Ackley, zoning inspector, reported that Mr. Kent Green called him again about the mud pit that he wants to put on his property. The property is in Jefferson and Perry Townships. The majority of the property is in Jefferson Township. He wanted to know if he would have to get permits from both Jefferson and Perry Township’s? Dan called Log. Co. Proscuting Att’y Jerry Heaton’s office and no one up there seems to know. They are looking into this and will get back in touch with Dan when they have an answer. Mr. Keith Montgomery, BZA member, said that if he’s going to be a part of Perry Township, he’ll need a permit from us too. The drive back to the pit is in Perry Township.
Mr. Dan Ackley reported that an attorney from the Cincinnati area called him about property in Perry, Monroe and Jefferson Townships, and wanted to know if we had anything on our books about the wind turbines? Dan told her that as of right now, we don’t have anything in writing in our laws about the wind turbines.
Mr. Dan Ackley gave a monthly zoning report. And he thanked the trustees for taking him with us up to see Mr. Heaton recently about junk vehicles.
Mr. Jeff Rosebrook reported that he fixed the light in the Community Room, the lights at the Shelter House and put 2 new lights on the sign in the Township Building yard.
Jeff reported that he put tile in between Carol Cooks and Jimmy McCreary’s properties on N. Main Street, he still needs to put in a catch basin, but other than that it is done.
Mr. Gary Baker reported that he ordered the cement for the bases to be delivered on Friday of this week.
Mr. Baker talked to Log. Co. Engineer, Mr. Scott Coleman, about the re-paving reported that we received. We want to take TR 143 off of the paving list and Gary asked for a quote for TR 133 to be paved.
It was agreed by all trustees to go ahead a get the “Stop Ahead” signs. It was brought up about whether we need stop signs at the end of the alleys or not? Mr. Baker will call Mr. Coleman and get his opinion on this.
Mr. Baker reported that he got the final OK on the restroom at Perry Park.
Mr. Gary Baker moved the adoption of the following Resolution:
A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE OPPOSITION OF THE PERRY TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES TO ENLARGING, EXPANDING OR INCREASING AREA CHICKEN FARMS, BREEDING OR PRODUCTION FACILITIES.
WHEREAS, the area chicken farms or production facilities produce a noticeable, noxious and offensive smell which either can’t or won’t be neutralized or contained and
WHEREAS, the chicken farms present other health or welfare issues to residents of the Township and including, but not limited to, infestation of flies and insects and other potential health risks and
WHEREAS, there does not appear to be an offsetting or countervailing benefit to the township and it’s residents and
WHEREAS, the township has determined that there is a risk of potential damage to roads both from hauling livestock and from hauling feed and supplies to the farms and
WHEREAS, there is a clear intent being expressed to expand, enlarge, and increase the number of birds, the plant production and the corresponding negative impact upon the township.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the township formally and officially opposes any enlargement, expansion, or increase in any such facilities, or the number of birds or the plant production.
BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be delivered to all authorities, governing bodies, zoning officials or others who have regulatory authority or licensing rights relating to such proposed expansion.
Mr. Merle Ackley seconded the Resolution and the roll being called upon its adoption the vote resulted as follows:
Gary Baker aye
Jeff Rosebrook aye
Merle Ackley aye
Mr. Baker reported that Triple C Construction is done with the basement of the LodgeHall and it is drying out. The moldy smell upstairs is gone as well. It looks really nice and they did a good job on it.
Mr. Baker reported that Bud Rosebrook got the squad serviced and the cam shaft replaced.
Mr. Baker said that the new Bobcat will be in later this week.
Mr. Merle Ackley brought up about the people who bought Ralph Akey’s property, beside Perry Park, they want to put up a new fence along the drive between them and the park. The cost for the new fence is $1,800.00 and they would like for the township to pay for ½ of it and they pay for ½ of it. After much discussion, Mr. Merle Ackley made a motion to pay $900.00 for the new fence along the drive to Perry Park, seconded by Mr. Gary Baker. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley yes.
Mr. Merle Ackley brought up that the tree in the Township yard looks really nice. We cut up the pine tree about 8’ – 10’ and it looks a lot better now.
Mr. Jeff Rosebrook said that he has been getting asked if we are going to take the fence down around the creek at Perry Park? Mr. Baker said that he will call the Log. Co. Health Dept. and see if the signs are sufficient or if we need to leave the fence up as well.
Mr. Rosebrook said that the tile behind Escom Pack and Doug Will’s property is wet again. Jeff thinks we need to tie all those tiles together out there and put in a catch basin. He said that he will do the digging for it. Mr. Rosebrook made a motion to do the work out there, seconded by Mr. Gary Baker. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
Mr. Gary Baker reported that Mr. Merle Ackley had called him about doing a funeral on Memorial Day and they had agreed not to do it. After some discussion, Mr. Gary Baker made a motion to add to our cemetery rules, that we do not do funerals on holidays, seconded by Mr. Merle Ackley. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes. Mrs. Stalling will send the new rules to area funeral homes.
Mrs. Stalling brought up that if want to change our MCO we have until May 31 to do so. All agreed that we are satisified with the one we have now and to stay where we are.
We received our Service Agreement on the LifePak for the fire dept. For one year it is $1,459.85, Mr. Gary Baker made a motion to accept the agreement, seconded by Mr. Jeff Rosebrook. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
Mrs. Stalling brought up about the FDIC bill from the Fire Dept. We had previously agreed to pay their way into the conference. They turned in bills for renting 2 vans, gas, parking passes and entrance. It was about doubled to what he had agreed to pay. After looking over the bills, Mr. Merle Ackley made a motion to reimburse the fire dept. for all the bills, seconded by Mr. Gary Baker. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, no, and Ackley, yes.
Mrs. Stalling reported that she had a meeting last week with the Huntington Bank and they were wanting us to make several changes in how we do our banking with them. They wanted us to do direct depositing, change some investments, etc. After some discussion, Mr. Baker made a motion to leave things at the Huntington Bank as is for now, seconded by Mr. Merle Ackley. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
Chief Montgomery wanted to know if we are going to let the fireworks people go in the same way as last year or not? Are we going to put in a gate at the park to enter the field or not? We are looking into putting in a gate in the fence at the park.
Mr. Gary Baker made a motion to pay the bills, seconded by Mr. Jeff Rosebrook. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
TOTAL OF BILLS …………………………………….$57,913.54
INCOME FOR APRIL TOTALED……………………$223,993.49
Mr. Gary Baker made a motion for adjournment, seconded by Mr. Jeff Rosebrook. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
Respectfully submitted by:
Cindy Stalling, fiscal officer
Accepted by Perry Township Trustees: