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Oxford Township, Erie County, Ohio USA
Dec 3, 2015
President Michael Parker called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll call indicated that Trustees Parker and Stewart were present, Trustee Scott Leber was absent. Also present was Phillip David, Fiscal Officer/ Zoning Inspector, Road Superintendent David Kelley was absent.
Mr. Stewart moved to approve the minutes for November 19th meeting, Mr. Parker seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
Sue Daugherty, Serving Our Seniors, was at the meeting to photograph the Trustees holding a “formal declaration” provided by her, declaring Oxford Township a “Compassionate Community”. Once again the Trustees thanked Ms. Daugherty for her hard work and dedication to the senior citizens and for taking time out of her busy schedule to come to the meeting.
Kerry Jett, Fire Chief, Groton Township, Ron Brown, Trustee Groton Township, were present at the meeting, along with; Edward M. Miller, Safety Services Manager, Cory Skoczen, Safety Services Coordinator, Adam Greenslade, Director of Government Affairs, representatives from the Ohio Turnpike Commission, to discuss fire coverage for the west bound lane of the Ohio Turnpike. With the cancellation of the fire contract with Milan Township, fire coverage for the west bound lane of the Ohio Turnpike has been put at risk. Milan Township used to cover the west bound lane between Route 250 and Route 4 and Groton covered east bound from Route 4 to Route 250, with the cancellation of the Milan contract they have refused to provide any fire coverage for the west bound lane. Consequently Groton will have to get on at Route 4 go to Route 250 turn and return on the west bound lane to provide coverage. Emergency response time would be greatly extended, causing a great concern to the Ohio Turnpike Commission.
Mr. Miller reported that he had met with the Milan Township Trustees about the OTC’s concerns, Milan had said that for $20,000 a year they would provide coverage for the west bound lane, which even he thought was out of line for the amount of coverage they would have to provide.
The Trustees explained to those present that this was the reason for not renewing the fire contract with Milan Township; they had out priced themselves in today’s currant economy. There was discussion about the newly passed fire levy; Mr. David explained that while the levy had passed, funds provided by the levy would not be available until May or June of 2016, and even then it would only be the first half of the total amount supposedly to be collected. When questioned as to why the local entities have to provide emergency services to the Turnpike, Adam Greenslade, Director of Governmental Affairs for the OTP said that the Ohio Revised Code states that an entity that has fire service must provide the needed emergency services to the Turnpike. After much discussion, the Trustees were urged to come to some kind of an agreement with Milan Township about coverage for the west bound lane. The Trustees said they would reach out to Milan but no promises were made, meanwhile fire coverage for the west bound lane will be provided by Groton Township Fire Department, unless the Turnpike Commission can obtain better coverage.
Mr. David reported that he had again talked with Joseph Schell who owns the house at 5313 Delematre Road; he said Mr. Schell said he would demand that the cars be removed and the grass cut, or the renters would be ask to leave. He did ask that he be given until the first of the year for the renters to do the cleanup.
Mr. David reported that he had received another complain about the buildup of trash at 5115 Delematre Road. He said after driving by and verifying the conditions he turned the matter over to Mark Janowich at the Erie County Health Department.
Mr. Kelley was absent, Mr. Stewart that he had been helping Mr. Kelley cleanup the Township’s property on Delematre Road. He said that they had hauled over 30 loads of dirt, rubble tree stumps etc. away. Weather permitting; Mr. Stewart said they would continue to clean up the property before winter conditions set in.
Mr. Leber was absent.
Mr. Parker said he didn’t have anything at this time.
Mr. Stewart reported that he had attended the Regional Planning meeting. He said some of the new projects that Regional Planning had been working on were the new sports center planned for the property that once was Griffin Airport, and a new sewer project for Bayview area.
Mr. David reported that the CD at the Civista Bank, formally Citizens Banking Company was due to mature. After some discussion, Mr. Stewart moved to let the CD roll over and be renewed for another 18 months, Mr. Parker seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
Communications were reviewed.
Mr. David pointed out, since the expiration and non-renewal of the fire contract with Milan Township, the position of Oxford Township Fire Inspector needed to be filled. After some discussion, Mr. Stewart moved to appoint Kerry Jett, Fire Chief for Groton Township to the position of Oxford Township Fire Inspector, Mr. Parker seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried. Mr. Jett accepted the appointment.
Mr. Stewart moved to pay the bills in the amount of $14,166.38, Mr. Parker; seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
No further business, the meeting was adjourned.
Michael G. Parker, President Phillip M. David, Fiscal Officer