The Board of Perry Township Trustees met in Regular Session on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the East Liberty Community Room.  Roll Call: John Brose, present, John Baughman, absent, Terry Cook, present and Cindy Stalling, present.  Also present was Larry Wellington, Bonnie Brose, Dan Coats, Melony Baker, Tim Stalling, Kurt Penhorwood and Dan Ackley.

     All stood and said the Pledge of Allegiance

     The minutes of the previous meeting was given to the Trustees to read prior to this meeting.  Mr. Brose asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes and then asked if there were any additions or corrections to the financial statements that were given to the Trustees from the fiscal officer. The both stand approved by the Trustees.

     Mrs. Melony Baker, representing the PTEC Committee reported that there will be fireworks here this year.  They will be on Saturday, July 10 at Perry Park.  She has already talked to Jay Ackley about using his field to set them off, and it was approved by Mr. Jay Ackley.  The PTEC Committee has asked Mrs. Bonnie Brose and Mrs. Paula Mathys to be the grand marshals for the parade that day.  Mrs. Baker has talked to the Fire Chief, Mr. Doug Henry about being in charge of the parade and he has agreed to it.

They will probably go with food trucks, and there will be a few items at the concession stand, like hot dogs, popcorn, candy and pop. Mrs. Baker wanted to know if the fire department was interested in doing anything that day?  The East Liberty Church of Christ will be in charge of the kid’s games again, the Mason will be doing their ice cream.  There will also be craft vendors and there will be the cake walk too.  Mrs. Baker reported that they have the money that the Township gave them last year and then the activity was cancelled, but the PTEC Committee would like to have a nicer, bigger show, so they may need some more money.  They are doing a bake sale at the Park on Dumpster Day, May 8th. They are also looking for any help they can get on July 10th.  Their next meeting is April 28.  Mrs. Baker also had sponsor papers, if anyone is interested in that. The day will be advertised and they are insured.  Mrs. Baker was wondering if the park could be sprayed for mosquitoes before the day?  Mr. Kurt Penhorwood, our fogging man, said he could fog early on that Saturday morning. 

     Mr. Brose brought up about opening the bids for the crack-fill machine.  Mrs. Stalling opened the 1 and only bid we received.  The bid was from Liberty Bobcat for $10,075.00.  The Trustees had put a $10,000.00 reserve on the machine.  Mr. Brose made a motion to accept the bid from Liberty Bobcat, seconded by Mr. Cook.  Brose, yes and Cook, yes.  This amount will be split between the 3 Townships that purchased the machine.  So, Jefferson Township, Perry Township and Zane Township will all get a third of the price, and each township will pay a third of the advertising bill. 

     Mr. Kurt Penhorwood will do our mosquito fogging again this year for us.  He will be spraying on Thursday nights.

    Mrs. Baker brought up that there is a couple of really wet spots on sidewalks here in town.  She walks and reported that on N. Main Street there is a spot and at the corner of S.R. 292 and Foundry Street is the other spot.  Both of these spots are on County Roads, not township roads.  Mr. Brose told her that they will look into these and see what can be done.

     Mr. Dan Ackley thanked the EMS for picking up his father, said they did an awesome job.  His mother was very pleased with this service.

     Mr. Brose brought up about the County Commissioners are looking into the sewage plant for Perry Township.  They are looking at the field behind Reliant Mechanical.  When digging for water they went 70’ below the surface before they hit water.  The Commissioners have had the field plowed looking for bones.  Mr. Brose reported that the Commissioners are wanting to start construction here the 1st of next year, this is when they are wanting to break ground for this project.  It is supposed to take 18 months to finish the station.  As of right now the hook-up fee is $3,500.00, but the Commissioners are going to apply for grants, there is supposedly a lot of them out there. So, not to worry, the fee will be coming down.  The Commissioners are wanting Perry Township to grow, they would like to see hotels, businesses, etc., coming to this area.  Mrs. Baker stated that she will be having a meeting with the Commissioners and she will talk to Mr. Paul Benedetti and find out when they are going to start applying for these grants and get as much information from him as possible.

     Mr. Dan Coats, Fire Captain, brought up that they are looking into maybe getting the 3 - 24hour guys compensation time.  He said they need to do a lot more looking into this and he will present it to the Board when they have more information together.  Just wanted to let the Trustees know, so they can think about it. Mr. Brose stated that he wants more information and how much this will cost.  Mr. Coats state that the bugs need to be worked out. 

     Mr. Coats brought up about the door on the firehouse, the side door is not closing right.  The Trustees will look into this.  Mr. Coats also reported that on the white building, (the old shop) some of the guys have been in there and said it smells like urine in the corner of the building where the spouting was torn off and some siding during a storm.  They think there is animals getting into the hole from the damage. It really needs to get repaired.

     Mr. Dan Coats brought up that he went and purchased a TV for the firehouse, as the one down there has not worked right for the last 4 months.  Some of the firemen have asked the Fire Chief and the Trustees to replace the TV and nothing had been done. So, Mr. Coats went and got one and after some discussion, Mr. Cook made a motion to purchase the TV off of Mr. Coats, seconded by Mr. Brose.  Brose, yes, Cook, yes and Baughman, absent.  Mr. Coats also reported that Mr. Jason Epp brought down a Bunn coffee pot to the firehouse, when the one that was down there quit working.  Mr. Coats would like for the township to pay Mr. Epp $100.00 for the coffee pot, Mr. Brose said that they didn’t go through he proper channels, so he is not sure about reimbursing Mr. Epp.  Matter was tabled until next meeting. 

     Mr. Kurt Penhorwood thanked the EMS for picking up his Mother-in-law.

     Mr. Cook reported that the cemeteries have been cleaned off.

     Mr. Cook brought up about getting the water turned on at the park.  After some discussion, the Trustees agreed to open the park on April 19th.

     May 8th will be Spring Dumpster Day.  8 to Noon at Perry Park.  Mrs. Stalling will put out posters. We are not going to advertise it in the paper this time.  Mr. Brose has ordered 5 dumpsters for the day.

     We had to buy a new tire for the dump truck.

     Mr. Brose reported that the guys from the Lodge are complaining about not being able to park alongside of the Lodge.  Trustees went and talked to the residents that were parking there and they moved their vehicles.  They didn’t have a problem moving the vehicles. 

     Mr. Cook had the quote from the County for fog sealing our roads.  T.R. 131 it will be $2,237.23, for T.R. 132 it will be $2,355.04 and some dura patching on T.R. 131 for $318.20 for a total of $4,910.47.  Mr. Cook made a motion to accept this quote, seconded by Mr. Brose.  Brose, yes and Cook, yes.

     We received our Certificate of Mileage from the County Engineer’s Office.  12.109 miles in Perry Township.

     The Trustees Annual Meeting at the Engineer’s office is June 9, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.                                    Mr. Brose reminded that the foundation base orders are to be in by May 1st, to have the bases ready by Memorial Day.

       Mr. Brose made a motion to pay the bills, seconded by Mr. Cook.   Brose, yes,

and Cook, yes.

 

TOTAL OF BILLS $ 82,812.89

 

INCOME FOR MARCH $169,348.93

 

  Mr. Brose made a motion for adjournment, seconded by Mr. Cook.  Brose, yes, and Cook, yes. Brose made a motion to pay the bills, seconded by Mr. Cook.   Brose, yes,

and Cook, yes.