The Board of Perry Township Trustees met in Regular Session on Monday,
June 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the East Liberty Community Room. Roll Call: John Brose, present, Jeff Rosebrook, present, Terry Cook, present and Cindy Stalling, present. Also present was Bonnie Brose, Doug Mercer, Kacy Welty, Doug Henry, Dave Frangis, Pup McColloch, Jessica Gibson, Joy Litteral, Larry Wellington, Linda Baldridge, Dan Coats, Ginny Montgomery, Mitch Current, Karen Lyons, Don Lyons, Kyle Brugler, Dustin Wickersham, Chuck Litteral, Mitchie Current, Sandy Wilcox, Krystal Current, Victoria Current, Daina Welty, and Lauren Bowen.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Mr. John Brose and all said the Pledge of Alligence.
The minutes of the previous meeting was given to the Trustees prior to the meeting along with the financial reports. The minutes and the financial reports stand approved by the Trustees.
Mrs. Bonnie Brose reported that July 8th is fireworks day.
Mrs. Linda Baldridge is interested in the alley south of her property. She said to either open it and pave it or close it. If she would like to have the alley closed she has to get so many signatures and then take it up before the Logan County Commissioners. Mr. Dustin Wickersham, a Logan County Commissioner said to go to the Logan County Engineer. Mr. Brose reported that Mr. Curt Dill, employee of the Engineers office is checking this out. He will contact Mr. Brose in a couple of days. He said that you need 12 residents within the vicinity to sign a petition. Can she make the township pave it? It has not been used for years and years, you wouldn’t even know it was an alley. The neighbors fence is on the alley. Linda would like to have it closed.
Mr. Dave Frangis reported that he will be retiring from the Perry Twp Fire/EMS at the end of June. He is going to have to have some surgery and he feels that it is time to step down. He has been very much appreciated and we hate to hear that he is retiring.
Mr. Dan Coats had paperwork for the overtime situation. He had papers that the Trustee need to sign off on. This paperwork will become effective as of June 25, 2017. No one will work more than 48 hrs per week. As per the lawyer we talked to even if someone is on call and they go on a run, the hours they are gone for that run has to be counted as hours worked. All hours will be tracked and no one can go over 212 hours per 28 days, or it will go into overtime. If you are on call and you go on a run, it will be your choice as to whether you claim the on call pay or the hourly pay, but the hours will be counted. The last week of December, with the way we pay, will be an overtime week. The paperwork explained all this out and the Trustees signed off on it. The Fire Chief also has to sign off on the paperwork.
Dan reported that Kyle has been doing some major cleaning and getting rid of a bunch of trash. The dept would like to have a new set of cookware. What was down there was all donated to the fire house and was in pretty bad shape. Bonnie will pick up a new set when she goes to town.
Mrs. Ginny Montgomery wanted to say that she loves this fire dept, she respects the fire dept and she has been a part of the dept for 36 years. With that being said, she said that she does not appreciate or approve of someone being on a shift and going down to the Park to a personal graduation party. She doesn’t feel that he should be paid for being at the party at the Park. She stated that he could of scheduled the party around his days to work at the dept. This someone was Kacy Welty and he had permission from the Fire Chief to go to his daughter’s graduation party at the park for an hour or two. At that time Kacy came back to the fire house and then seen Jeff Rosebrook, Trustee and asked if he could go back down to the party for his daughter. Jeff said yes he didn’t see a problem with it, cause Dan Coates, the other FF/EMT on duty was going to go with him and they took the squad to the Park. So, if they got call, they could just leave the Park to respond.
Ginny wanted to know what if someone walked into the fire dept to been seen while they were at the Park? Mr. Brose explained that we didn’t have any other Medic to cover that day, so at least we had coverage for the day, even if the squad was at the Park. Ginny said “Oh I get it, this is Perry Township and they can do whatever they want and walk all over the Chief, like they always have”. Ginny said he should of scheduled it for a different day or had someone cover for him while he attended the party. The dept attending the fair and the ball games is considered community service. So, Ginny said evidently the daycrew can come up to her house and have a party if they want to. Mr. Brose stated that he was the only Medic we had available to cover that day. Mr. Brose wanted to know what Ginny was asking of the Trustees, Kacy got permission from the Chief and also from a Trustee. Ginny said she didn’t think he should be able to do what he did. John said what about on the days that the daycrew goes to West Mansfield and picks up lunch, it is no different, there is not anyone there is someone would walk in to the dept. Joy Litteral stated that we don’t have very many Medics on the roster right now, so it would of been very difficult to find coverage for Kacy for that day. Joy said she was going to be the devil’s advocate, this situation did not need to go out on social media. Ginny wanted to know why people didn’t have the right to know what is going on? Joy said it is only because it was Kacy, Ginny said No it’s not. Kacy wanted to say something in his own defense, back in November the squad was taken over to West Mansfield for a funeral viewing and the dept was without coverage then. It was stated that the squad was taken over there then out of respect to the Fire Chief. Kacy said he knew it was for respect, he was trying to get his point across that he went on his own accord. Ginny said she did not ask that the squad be taken over for the viewing. And that Keith would of wanted someone to stay back at the firehouse with the squad. Daina Welty, wife of Kacy, said that she is the one that scheduled the party, not Kacy. Kacy said that he told Jeff that he would clock out to go back to the party. Jeff said he told him that it was ok not to clock out, if it was ok with the Fire Chief then it was ok with him. John said that Kacy had the Chief’s ok and a Trustee’s ok, so what does she want the Trustees to do? Ginny said she just doesn’t want this to happen again. The fire dept is working on their SOP’s and SOG’s right now. After we get some policies in place, then we will have some rules to go by. John said you have to admit the fire dept personnel has pretty much been doing whatever they want to do for the last 1 ½ years. It was no one fault. But with Chief Montgomery being sick, things kinda got out of hand. Which was NO ONE’S FAULT. Mr. Terry Cook stated that he thinks Chief Henry has this under control. Mr. Brose told Ginny that they will keep looking into this, keep on top of it and get it taken care of. Bonnie did tell Ginny that the fire dept does take the grass truck up to the park on Fridays and hose out the shelter houses before the weekend every week. Pup McColloch wanted to say that what took place is known as gaming, which is against the rules and regulations by the Ethics Committee for the State of Ohio. Mr. Brose said that he would check it out. Said he has never heard of that.
Mr. Chuck Litteral stated that we have come a long way with the fire dept. We use to be strictly volunteer and had a hard time getting people to respond to runs. Chuck said don’t cut your nose off to spite your face, the fire dept/ems has done a good job. Chuck told Chief Henry that he has his hands full, but to stand his ground.
Mr. Brose stated that there are some for what happened and some that are against it. But, Kacy did have permission to do what he did. Mr. Cook said but when we get the rules done for the fire dept, that will be what we will be going by.
Mr. Dustin Wickersham, Logan County Commissioner, had a check for Perry Township for the Recycling. This past year we had 106 Ton @ $7.50 per ton for a total of $795.00. This was 1 ton less in 2016 than 2015. So, please encourage residents to recycle. They are going to be rotating painting the recycling dumpsters. Dustin gave some updating on the recycling around the county. Dustin will also look into the alley situation for Linda Baldridge.
Dustin gave an update on Land Banks, bigger counties are being allowed to form land banks. The land banks would take possession of all the properties put into these land banks and then they would be demolished. Then they can sell that off. Benefit of land banks are lands that are in tax foreclosure or bank foreclosure. It saves a lot of time and money. The land bank would allow a property after going through a sheriff’s sale, and not selling, to come in and get rid of all the back taxes on the property. The land bank can come in and demolish the house and sell off the property. Dustin said the Land Bank is meeting once a quarter, so he is telling all county townships to get a list of properties together and send the Commissioners an email with them to let them know what properties qualify for this. Dustin said that part of the funding for this project is coming from the late fees that come from people paying their property taxes late. He said that amount is surprising high. They are also getting some grant money. Dustin is excited about this land bank. Dave Golden, of LUC is the administrator of this project. There are some stipulations before the houses would qualify.
Mrs. Joy Litteral reported that the Squad will be going to the Logan County Fair on July 13th to cover the harness racing.
Mr. Chuck Litteral brought up about the digging the township did in the field behind his house. He reported that it is now dry back there. He wants the Trustees to leave it alone now, he will take care of it from here on. Chuck said that it looks a lot better, and he appreciated the time and effort from the Township. Trustees told him, he would have been amazed at what they got out of that tile.
Mr. Mitch Current reported that the grass truck is built, they are just waiting on a ship date. He will be sending a bill for the tank and the pump for $20,700.00.
Mitch reported that they need 1 rope bag to store 100’ of rope. Can get this bag from FSS for $30.00-40.00. Could Bonnie pick up some baby wipes, so when they come out of a fire, they can wipe off with them. It was reported that they already have some.
Mitch wanted to know if they could have an engraving tool? Should be around $30.00. He wants to engrave the hose couplings. Mr. Cook made a motion for said purchase, seconded by Mr. Rosebrook. Brose, yes, Cook, yes and Rosebrook, yes.
Mitch brought up about the captain fire hoods. They would need 30 of them for a total of $1,602.00 from FireStore.com. After coming in from a fire the hood that they are wearing will be put in a bucket to be washed, these hoods will be used at that time to cover the firemen as back-ups. Mr. Terry Cook made a motion for said purchase, seconded by Mr. Jeff Rosebrook. Brose, yes, Cook, yes and Rosebrook, yes. This is from the awareness of cancer when the hoods aren’t properly taken care of. The firemen also need to shower as soon as they get back to quarters.
Mitch brought up about getting a hydrant flow kit. This would be for when they go out to TRC to test their hydrants, it tests the water volumn and the pressure that the water is coming out. This is at FSS for $883.00. Mr. Brose made a motion for said purchase, seconded by Mr. Rosebrook. Brose, yes, Cook, yes and Rosebrook, yes.
Kacy Welty reported that they got the check for his ALS class that he is taking in Marysville.
Mrs. Lauren Bowen, of the State Treasurer’s Office, wanted to know if the State Treasurer’s Office could have our permission to make some of our public records on line? The Treasurer’s Office and the Auditor’s Office will work together to do this on our behalf. Wanted to know if our public records could be made available on an online site? This would be our expenditure information. There are several other townships in the county that are doing this. It would be under ohiocheckbook.com. All Trustees agreed to this, as it is public records anyways.
Mr. Terry Cook reported that the gazebos in the cemeteries have been stained. And look really nice.
Fire Chief Doug Henry had prices for the washer and dryer for the turn-out gear at the firehouse. The one from MachineX for the set is $9,512.35 this one does 1 or 2 sets of turn-out gear. For a larger size set it would be $13,262.00 this one does 2 or 3 sets of turn-out gear. After some discussion, Chief Henry thinks the $9,512.35 set would be adequate. All Trustees are ok with this set, as it had been voted on at a previous meeting.
The company will come and set it up.
Chief had a price to re-locate the office it was from Dry Lane Construction for $4,436.00. He will supply all the material and the new door. It will be 15 x 20 approximately. Need to leave a hole in the ceiling for heat. After a lot of discussion, Mr. Jeff Rosebrook made a motion for said purchase, seconded by Mr. Terry Cook. Brose, yes, Cook, yes and Rosebrook, yes.
Chief reported that they want to keep the old grass truck now for a station truck. They will sell the tank (the skid unit) off of it.
Mr. John Brose reported that we took in 12 Ton of trash on dumpster day.
Mr. Rosebrook reported that the tile in the field behind Litteral’s property has been fixed.
Mr. Rosebrook reported that the electric box has been fixed at the firehouse.
Mr. Brose reported that there has been some theft at the cemeteries again. He has installed a camera in the cemetery.
Mr. Brose reported that the Mason’s want to adopt the middle shelter house at the Park. They are going to paint it next weekend.
Mr. Brose reported that is has been going around town that Perry Township has bought the Crime Watch people golf carts. And the Township has NOT purchased any golf carts for anyone. The only thing that the Township has purchased for the Crime Watch is signs at the edge of town and 12 radios at $30.00 a piece for them.
Mr. Brose brought up about getting the LodgeHall windows painted after they are fixed. What color do we want to paint them?? John wants dark brown, Terry wants to match the post office. After many opinions, Terry will get whatever color he wants as he will be picking up the paint.
July 8th will be our 4th of July celebration.
Mr. Terry Cook had a quote to replace the split-rail fence at the top of the Park. The estimate was for $3,200.00 for cedar this time. It is $10.00 per foot. The estimate was from Boo Kensler and he will have it done before July 8th. Mr. Rosebrook made a motion for said purchase, seconded by Mr. Cook. Brose, yes, Cook, yes and Rosebrook, yes. Boo Kensler will take the old fence.
The Church of Christ has put flowers in front of the monument and in the flower bed of the Community Room.
Mr. Cook reported that the fuel pump went out of the tractor. Parrott’s is working on it.
We will be mowing Jay Ackley’s file tomorrow, getting ready for the fireworks.
Mrs. Stalling brought up about HB 523, giving the Township the authority to prohibit or regulate medical marijuana being grown in the Township. After lots of discussion, matter was tabled.
Mr. John Brose made a motion to pay the bills, seconded by Mr. Jeff Rosebrook. Brose, yes, Cook, yes and Rosebrook, yes.
TOTAL OF BILLS: $93,511.38
INCOME FOR MAY: $22,356.02
Mr. John Brose made a motion for adjournment, seconded by Mr. Terry Cook. Brose, yes, Rosebrook, yes, and Cook, yes.