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Oxford Township, Erie County, Ohio USA
February 4, 2016
President Jim Stewart 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. Parker moved to accept the minutes for January 7th & 21st, Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called with all present voting yes: motion carried.
Ohio State Representative Steve Arndt was present to discuss a recent letter sent by Trustee Michael Parker concerning the problem of local entities boarding the Ohio Turnpike, being forced to supply emergency services to the Turnpike. Representative Arndt having served as a Ottawa County Commissioner for 27 years, said he was familiar with the workings of grassroots government, something that a lot of State Representatives and Senators haven’t had the chance to experience. He said that while the State seems to have corrected its financial problems, it’s the local entities that are struggling to operate with the program cuts made by the State. He said that having the Turnpike running through Ottawa County as well as much of his district, he was familiar with the problems and cost to local entities boarding the Ohio Turnpike to provide emergency services,. He also stated he has just been appointed to the Ohio Turnpike Oversight Committee, he promised that this would be addressed before the committee. The Trustees thanked Representative Arndt for taking time out of his busy schedule to attend a meeting and address their problem. Representative Arndt said he was the one to be thankful for the support of the local entities in his district, and he promised to be a familiar face at their meetings.
Mr. David reported that he had issued no new permits since the last meeting. Mr. David said the Appeals Board had approved a variance: “to exceed the allowable square footage for an accessory structure” for Tom Poock, on January 28th.
Mr. Kelley reported that Mr. Stewart and he had worked on the concrete basin, located in the front yard of George Deering’s yard. He said they had drilled several holes in the lid and installed a grill so excess surface water can drain instead of accumulating and eventually running across the road.
Mr. Kelley said he had fixed a drain tile on Higbee road by Ron Miller’s place. He went on to say that after inspecting the guard rail on Schaefer Road he would like to replace it. He said the posts were rotten and the guard rail had settled and probably didn’t meet code anymore. After some discussion, Mr. Leber move to replace the post and guard rail with a maximum amount of $500 to be spent on the project, Mr. Parker seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
Mr. Leber said he had talked with Bob Schaefer; Trustee for Ridgefield Township about the plans for rebuilding Stoneridge Road. He said there were several issues that were holding up the project, but he would keep Mr. Leber posted as things progress.
Mr. Parker passed out copies of the new five year plan that he had been working on.
Mr. Stewart said he had attended the Nexus meeting that was held at the Township meeting room. He said the attorney that hosted the meeting advised those in attendance about what can be expected when bargaining with the Nexus Company. He said the attorney offered to represent any interested land owners and townships in negotiations with the Nexus Company.
Mr. David said distributed copies of the 2015 annual financial reports to the Trustee for their review. Mr. David said the 2015 Annual Report is done and ready for inspection or review. He said that an ad would be placed in the Sandusky Register advertising that report would be available for review by appointment for the next ten days.
Communications were reviewed.
There was no old business to discuss.
Mr. Parker moved to pay the bills in the amount of $6,453.69, Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
No further business, the meeting was adjourned.
James W. Stewart, President Phillip M. David, Fiscal Officer