The Board of Perry Township Trustees met in Regular Session on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. by Conference Call, due to the Lock down by Governor DeWine Roll Call: John Brose, present, Terry Cook, present, John Baughman, present and Cindy Stalling, present. Also present was Doug Mercer, Larry Wellington ,Bonnie Brose, James Collins, Kevin Moorehouse, Jason Epp, Harvey Grimes, Darrell Stanley and Mitch Current.
All 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.
Mr. John Brose reported that the floor in the Lodge is done and they did a good job.
The Lodge Hall and the Community Room is closed due to the Covid19 Pandemic and the lock down by Governor DeWine, the Logan County Health Dept. will tell us when we can re-open these buildings.
Mr. Terry Cook has a base order for his Cemetery. Base orders are to be in by the 1st of May.
Mr. Brose brought up about the water problem in the tile in the field behind the firehouse. The Trustees want to dig a couple holes and see if they can figure out the problem. The water is backing up everywhere.
There was a tree down in front of Smuckers property today and has been taken care of.
Mr. Brose reported that the sidewalk in front of the Lodge and a section in front of Mitchell’s property and a section at Jack Nicholas’s is being fixed by Alexander Concrete. We will be getting a bill for this project, but we are going to bill the gas company for the section at Mitchells’ cause the Gas Company caused this problem. We are going ahead and fixing it as some woman has tripped on this part of the sidewalk. This company is also going to do some repair work on the horse trough later. Alexander Concrete is also going to fix the monuments at the North Greenfield Cemetery that were knocked down by the tree.
Mrs. Stalling gave an update on the real estate tax settlement. We also received an email from the Logan County Auditor and we will be getting a 12% reduction in our local gov’t, 6% decline in gas tax, 10% decline is sales tax.
Mrs. Stalling cancelled the motel reservations for the firefighters that were going to classes at Bowling Green because the classes have been cancelled.
Mr. Jay Ackley got ahold of the Trustees, and the ditch across from his Father’s property is not draining and needs cleaned out. Trustees are going to look at it.
The park will remain closed until the Stay at Home order has lifted.
We will be having our Spring Dumpster Day on Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. This will be held at the Park. We will do social distancing.
County Twp. Mtg set for April 16 has been cancelled.
Mrs. Stalling wants to thank Wendy Rose, Cindy Titus, James Collins and anyone else that helped clean up our Township Roads. It was very much appreciated.
BWC gave back to employers 1.6 billion dollars to employers due to the Covid 19. Perry Twp. got $1,067.00 back.
Fire Chief, Doug Henry, reported that the power cot is in, installed and has already been used. There is training for everyone at the fire dept. to learn how to use it the ones that have used it, says it is easy to use and they really like it.
Chief reported that as of now we are running a full shift at the fire dept. Hopefully this will continue.
The old Amkus Rescue Tool, the fire dept. would like to donate it to a fire dept. down in southern Ohio. This dept. does not have this tool and would like to have it. Mr. Brose wants the Chief to look more into this, to make sure we are not liable if anything would happen to someone that they could not come back and sue us. There is a Good Samaritan Firefighter Assistant Act HR1088, it would protect us, if this tool would mal-function, and they cannot come back on us. This needs to be looked into further, to protect us. The fire dept. does have a form that they have used in the past, saying we are not liable. Need to run this form by the Prosecuting Attorney and make sure the Township is protected. All Trustees are okay with giving this tool, as long as the Township is protected.
Chief tried to reach Lloyd Segner, Chief of Liberty Twp. Fire Dept. about their squad we want to purchase from them. Chief Henry left a message and has not heard anything back from Chief Segner yet. Liberty Twp. has not receive their new squad yet, and they do not want to let us have their existing one until they get their new one. So, do we want to go ahead and order supplies to go in the squad so we are ready when we get it, or wait until we get it to order the supplies? Mr. Brugler has been checking to see how far out the ordering is and how long it will take us to get it.
Chief reported that the fire dept. has gotten masks, a few gowns and hand sanitizer, the dept. is in good shape now with these supplies. The dept. got some N-95 masks, these are better at protecting. All firefighters have a mask in their gear locker.
Mrs. Stalling reported that the UniFirst bills are not matching up with us on the invoices. Is there some invoices still at the dept.? We do not get the invoices by email, all we get is what the driver leaves at the dept. Mr. Brose stated that the bill is not to exceed $70.00 per month.
Mr. Larry Wellington brought up about Jason Epp wanting to further his education. He is in the Level I Firefighter class now and will go into the Level II after finishing up with Level I. The Level II class is a 2-week course that costs $1,240.00 and is from June 2-18 at Apollo in Lima. Mr. Terry Cook made a motion to send Jason Epp to this class, seconded by Mr. John Baughman. Brose, yes, Cook, yes and Baughman, yes.
Mr. Brose asked Chief Henry what the plans were for the old tanker. Chief said that they are waiting right now.
Mr. Kevin Moorehouse representing the ELM Boosters. Reported that the Boosters are going to purchase a scoreboard for the park and they would like to know if the Township would be willing to purchase a sound system for the park? The scoreboard is 10’ x 14’ and will be put in centerfield to help block the sun for the batters. There as a lot of discussion about a sound system. They went over different options for sound systems. The Boosters would like to have one that has 4 speakers that would go on the poles and costs around $1,500.00. They looked into a wireless system and that system would run around $4,000.00. Mr. Moorehouse said that system really is not feasible. The speakers would stay up year round. Kevin has a call into HBI about getting a quote on how much it would costs to run the wires to the scoreboard speakers. Kevin said for the speakers, wiring should run around $2,000.00. In addition, this is what they would like the Township to pay for. The boosters are going to pay for the scoreboard. Mr. Baughman wanted to know if anyone would have access to the sound system, like when we have the 4th of July celebration at the park. Yes, it could be used that day as well. The scoreboard would not be above the poles at the park, so no interference with the fireworks.
The scoreboard has 2 spots for sponsors, which may be an avenue to look at.
Trustees are going to do their homework and see how much it would costs to wire the speaker system. Trustees are okay with the boosters putting up the scoreboard. Trustees told Kevin to get everything together and bring it back to our next meeting. Mr. Baughman made a motion to let the Boosters put up the scoreboard as long as it is put in professionally, seconded by Mr. Cook. Brose, yes, Cook, yes and Baughman, yes.
Trustees were concerned about where to store the sound system due to moisture.
Mr. Brose made a motion to pay the bills, seconded by Mr., Cook. Brose, yes, Cook, yes and Baughman, yes.
TOTAL OF BILLS: $88,859.86
INCOME FOR MARCH $438,142.86
Mr. .Brose made a motion for adjournment, seconded by Mr. Cook. Brose, yes, Cook, yes and Baughman, yes.