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Oxford Township, Erie County, Ohio USA
August 2, 2012
President Michael Parker called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll call indicated that all Trustees were present. Also present was Phillip David, Fiscal Officer/ Zoning Inspector, and Road Superintendent David Kelley.
Mr. Stewart moved to accept the minutes, Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
Vivian Vickery, a township resident, was present at the meeting to express her concerns about the possibility of shale oil exploration in Oxford Township using the hydraulic fracturing process commonly referred to as “fracking”. Her concerns included the contamination of ground waters and the increase of traffic on Township roads. After some discussion about the actual location of the shale formations, Mr. Parker told her that the Ohio Farm Bureau Organization along with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was pressuring state legislators to create laws that will protect the environment and property owners. Mr. Parker assured her that the Trustees, although limited in their powers, were keeping informed about developments in controlling the shale oil exploration in Oxford.
Sparky Weilnau, Trustee from Milan Township was present at the meeting to discuss changes in contract language concerning the Milan Township Fire Department contract. The clause stating, “In the event of a fire occurring in Oxford Township when all of Milan Township fire equipment is in use fighting a fire at another location, Milan Township Fire Department does have mutual aid agreements with surrounding fire agencies that will respond in their absence.”
Mr. Weilnau also addressed the recent fire call to the Ohio Turnpike. The question being poised was what construes a false alarm? Mr. Weilnau said after discussing it with their new fire chief, anytime they respond to an alarm it is consider a fire call. In the event that an alarm is canceled before the fire trucks leave the station, they would consider that a false alarm. Mr. David questioned about the fire department responding to an auto accident on Harris Road. Mr. Weilnau said that under the new fire chief leadership, the fire department carries the “jaws of life” and they will respond to any auto accident alarm without waiting to be called.
Mr. Stewart moved to accept the new three year fire contract with Milan Township Trustees, Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried. The Trustees signed the new fire contract, Mr. Weilnau said he would see that the contract was signed at their next meeting and Oxford’s copy was returned.
The Trustees “thanked” Mr. Weilnau for coming to the meeting.
Mr. David reported that he had issued one permit since the last meeting;
Seth Ruggles, 2717 State Route 113 – 40 X 64 accessory building
Mr. Kelley reported that they had finished the apron project along Wood Road at Wensink Farms. Mr. Kelley said the asphalting the berm and wedge coating it back to the center of the road will diffidently save the edges of the road from the truck traffic entering and exiting the farm. He said Bob Wensink was so impressed with the outcome that he questioned about doing the third drive entering the farm. He said their concern was the trucks and equipment dragging stones onto the road. Mr. Kelley said he told Mr. Wensink that all equipment had been moved to Margretta for a job there, so it would be later in the summer before anything could be done if approved by the Trustees. After some discussion, Mr. Leber moved to approve doing the third drive entrance, with the same agreement that Wensink Farms pay for all materials with the Township doing the installation. Mr. Stewart seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
Mr. Kelley said he would start road side mowing this next week.
Mr. Kelley requested vacation for the end of August, he wasn’t exactly sure of the dates; he said he wanted to do something before school started. The Trustees approved his request.
Mr. Leber said he didn’t have anything to report at this time.
Mr. Parker said he didn’t have anything to report at this time.
Mr. Stewart reported that he had talked with the manager at the Roadhouse about hosting the ETA Christmas party. After some discussion, it was decided that menu options should be; steak, chicken and fish, along with a salad and a dessert. Mr. Stewart said he would contact the manager and finalize the price.
Mr. David reported that the Township had received two donations from families using the park. He read a letter from Donna Gilbert from Shepherdsville, Va. commenting on how the nice the park and shelter house was.
Mr. David distributed copies of the new mowing tractor lease purchase agreement for the Trustees to review.
Communications were reviewed.
The new health insurance proposal from Melissa Shriver, Burnham & Flower was discussed.
Mr. Stewart moved to accept the proposal from Medical Mutual, thru Burnham & Flower, for the HP 2500-100 Health Policy, with 2500/5000 - network deductable, 3000/6000 – non-network deductable as the new Township health coverage policy, Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
Annual wage increases were discussed. Mr. Leber moved to give Road Superintendent David Kelley and his assistant Brian Smith a 2% increase effective July 1, 2012, Mr. Stewart seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
A wage increase for the Zoning Inspector was discussed; Mr. David declined any increase for 2012.
Mr. Stewart move to pay the bills in the amount of $47,644.96, Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
No further business, Mr. Stewart moved to adjourn.
Michael Parker, President Phillip M. David, Fiscal Officer