AThe Board of Perry Township Trustees met in Regular Session on Monday, February 11, 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, Glenn Sidders, Dave Frangis, Candy Frangis, Jean Thorton, Dave Thorton, Margie Cook, Ken Rosebrook, Renee Rosebrook, Doug Henry, Keith Montgomery, Elmer Bible, Darrell Stanley, and Dan Ackley.
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.
Mr. Glenn Sidders representing the Lodge thanked the Trustees for making repairs to the roof and ceiling at the Lodge Hall. Some of the plaster fell from the ceiling in the upstairs from the leaking roof. Triple C Construction found 4 leaks in the roof and fixed them. Mr. Sidders stated that the Lodge will replace the tile and the insulation that was damaged.
Dave Frangis, Candy Frangis and Margie Cook were all representing the Squad and they would like to have some by-laws and protocol for the fire dept/squad. That way everyone is on the same page and knows what to do and what is expected of everyone. These 3 have been working on some rules. Chief Montgomery stated that this is okay with him. Mrs. Cook stated that she has some information on what causes immediate dismissal from the dept. Everyone would have to sign a contract to abide by the by-laws. The Trustees stated that we would have to take this to our legal counsel and have it okayed through him also. The three stated that they will work on this and have something together and ready to go by our next meeting in March.
Mr. Dave Thorton and Mrs. Jean Thorton were here to update Perry Township on the expansion of the Chicken Farms in the area. This would affect Perry Township with the expansion of 2,000,000 pullets on the farm on C.R. 142. The proposed 6,000,000 hen laying farm going in on Davis Road is what they were bringing to our attention also. There will be 440,000 hens per barn. Mr. Thorton said that the farm is partially owned by a gentleman in Iowa. So far they have not put in an application with the ODA. There is a group that is against this coming to the area and they are called the Northwest Neighborhood Alliance and they are from the York and Liberty Townships. They meet every Monday evening from 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at the York Township Building and they would like to invite anyone interested in joining their group to come to their meetings. The Company trying to get this expansion in called Hi-Q. Mr. Thorton advised that Hi-Q owns the farm on TR 142 so therefore this expansion would affect Perry Township as well. Their concerns for this expansion are; roads, smell, drop property values, major outbreak of flies, ammonia level raising causing health hazards.
This group went to the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture today and was told as long as they meet all requirements; they can’t do anything to stop them from coming in. This group has hired an attorney to help them fight to keep this from expanding. They were told that this expansion would create 75 new jobs. Their other plants in Iowa created 75 new jobs as well which consisted of 3 or 4 clerical jobs in the office and the other 70 jobs were filled with Hispanic employees. The Northwest Neighborhood Alliance is looking for support and they are selling signs for your yard for $3.00 a piece, the sign stated NO MORE CHICKEN FACTORIES. They have a website as well at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Thorton said that the laborers are hired by a broker, and that the manure is sold out to brokers. Mr. Thorton had some information to hand out to anyone who wanted it. He also had a video from residents in Iowa that live beside the factories there.
Ken and Renee Rosebrook were in attendance to support the NO More Chickens.
Chief Montgomery had another guy to go to fire school, Mr. Robert Shively. Keith said that the Log. Co. Commissioners will pay part of this schooling for us. He will send Mr. Shively to the class that is getting ready to start in Belle Center.
The fire dept. has started moving some of their stuff over to the building beside the fire house. They would like to have a table for the building so they can have their meetings in that building now.
Chief has made Dave Frangis a Captain and he will be taking care of all the training from now on.
Chief said that in a couple of months he will need a couple more radios, probably 2 or 3. The new guy will need one and Dave Frangis stated how much better these new radios are compared to what they were carrying. Mr. Gary Baker made motion to go ahead and purchase 3 more radios, seconded by Mr. Merle Ackley. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
Chief has talked to some of the daytimers to see if they are interested in staying on at the dept. or not. Chief wants to do some interviewing for the medic openings, he thinks we will need like 3 medics, and 3 basic EMT’s for the daytime coverage. Chief stated that the medics want more money. Trustees told him to see what ones are willing to stay if the pay gets raised. The trustees are ready to make some changes as soon as the Chief comes with some new proposals. Chief said that him and Doug Henry, Assist. Fire Chief will get together and come up with something before the next meeting in March.
Mr. Elmer Bible was here in response to the survey we sent out to all Perry Township property owners. Mr. Bible feels that we are on the right track with the fire dept./squad with the full-time coverage. Mr. Bible thinks that we are doing a good job on the roads, still need to do some work, but basically doing a good job. He feels that it is a good idea getting in on the start of this Chicken Factory opposition. He thinks we are doing a good job on Perry Park. As far as the windmills, there is a place for them, but not close to Bellefontaine. He said that they are not usually noisy, but he said that a lot of wind would make the windmills make lots of noise. He gave us an update on what he has learned from attending some of the windmill meetings. Mr. Bible said that we need to think about some of the stuff in advanced and stay on top of things.
Mr. Darrell Stanley, was here for the No More Chickens. He was interested in knowing if there could be a usage tax put on the roads if the trucks start running over the township roads to haul the chickens, the manure, etc.? Trustees told him that they would have to look into this and see.
Mr. Dan Ackley, zoning inspector, gave a zoning update. He had talked to Mrs. Jenny Snapp of LUC Regional Planning Commission and she told him to have us read them and then turn the surveys into LUC so they can combine them and have a meeting then with our zoning boards about the results.
Mr. Dan Ackley, stated that Mr. Kent Green contacted him about putting in a mud pit, and Mr. Ackley told him that he would need to get a conditional use permit. He would charge admission. Dan hasn’t heard from him since he left him a message telling him he would need the conditional use permit and the fee for it.
Mr. Merle Ackley reported that we have moved all of our stuff from the garage on State St. to the garage on Temp. St. Mr. Ackley said that he loves the new building.
Mr. Ackley said that the truck needs new tires.
Mr. Jeff Rosebrook stated the Mr. Charles Rasnick contacted him and wanted minutes from 1999 about the cutting off of the hill in front of his property on SR 292. Jeff contacted Mrs. Stalling and she made the copies and gave them to Mr. Rosebrook to give to Mr. Rasnick. Mr. Rasnick said that he has received another bill for the cutting of the hill and he wanted copies of our minutes to take to his lawyer.
Mr. Gary Baker made a motion to approve the Inventory list after removing the old Ford Fire Truck and the JD Lawn Mower w/loader, seconded by Mr. Jeff Rosebrook. Baker yes, Rosebrook, yes, and Ackley, yes.
Mr. Baker brought up about the air packs that the fire dept. is going to need. Bokescreek Twp. Are in the process of advertising for new ones now, and Mr. Baker would like to do the same thing. Mr. Merle Ackley made a motion to advertise for the new air packs for the fire dept., seconded by Mr. Gary Baker. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
Mr. Baker brought up about the fireworks, are we going to pay for ½ of them or not? Mr. Merle Ackley made a motion to pay PTEC for ½ of the fireworks, seconded by Mr. Jeff Rosebrook. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
Mr. Gary Baker brought up about resurfacing TR 141 through the county. The total for the project is $126,023.00 and we have $22,564.54 in Issue II money so that makes the difference of $ $103,458.46. Mr. Baker made a motion to go ahead with the resurfacing of TR 141, seconded by Mr. Merle Ackley. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
Mr. Baker also had a bid from H&S Asphalt to do TR 141 for $138,123.00.
Mr. Merle Ackley brought up about the floor in the basement of the Lodge Hall, it floods. Mr. Baker had quotes to fix the problem. From Triple C Construction not to exceed $14,500.00 and from Everdry for $18,300.00. Mr. Merle Ackley made a motion to accept the bid from Triple C Construction, seconded by Mr. Jeff Rosebrook. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
Mr. Jeff Rosebrook brought up about the recycling center that we discussed at our last meeting. All trustees agreed that we are going to wait and see if Ms. Laurie Collins can get some grant money to put this in, as we don’t feel that we can afford to do it as it was proposed to us.
The bill to fix the ceiling at the Lodge Hall ceiling from Triple C Construction was $657.46. Mr. Baker made a motion to pay this bill, seconded by Mr. Merle Ackley. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
Mr. Baker reported that he has the website up and running now. He printed off on paper what it all looks like and brought it in. Mr. Baker wanted to know if we want to continue with the website or not? Mr. Merle Ackley made a motion to continue with it, seconded by Mr. Jeff Rosebrook. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
Mr. Baker reported that the spreader on the ton dump truck in leaking. He called Lacal at Jackson Center and they told him to take it off and bring it up to them and they will fix it.
Mr. Baker called Levan’s to see if they had tires under the State Bid and they do. To get 4 for the back of the ton pick up it would be $433.00.
Mr. Merle Ackley reported that the dump truck had a broken cable and it has been fixed and is running fine now.
Mrs. Stalling reported that she has received her paper from the Treas. Of State for exemption for continuing education for 2008.
Mr. Gary Baker made a motion to pay the bills, seconded by Mr. Jeff Rosebrook. Baker, yes, Rosebrook, yes and Ackley, yes.
Bills for January Totaled $92,335.59
Income for January Totaled $8,982.62
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: