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Oxford Township, Erie County, Ohio USA
February 5, 2015
President Scott Leber 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, Road Superintendent David Kelley was excused.
Mr. Stewart moved to accept the minutes for the January 15, 2015 meeting, Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting to accept the minutes; motion carried.
Dan Fredrick and Sparky Weilnau, Trustees for Milan Township, were present at the meeting to discuss the rising cost of fire services they provide for residents of Oxford Township. Mr. Weilnau explained that upcoming purchases of new equipment has force them to go to their residents for an increase in revenue by asking them to pass a new additional 3 mill fire levy. This will raise the annual cost of maintaining a fire department to approximately 60 – 70 dollars per Milan Township resident. Mr. Weilnau suggested because Oxford Township residents benefit from the new equipment being purchased, that Oxford Township should pay a “per resident stipend” matching Milan’s residents to help maintain Milan’s Fire Department. The Trustees were adamant that it would be impossible for Oxford Township to fund any kind of “per resident stipend” without first going to their residents for some form of additional levies income. Even then they said that Oxford Township had other priorities like road repair and replacement of their own aged equipment that they would consider first. After some discussion the two parties realized that they were far from reaching any kind of agreement. The Trustees thanked Mr. Weilnau and Mr. Fredrick for coming to the meeting.
Jason Hermes, from Hermes Parker Concrete, was present at the meeting to discuss their plans to build a new business complex at the former Central Erie Elevator site on Mason Road. While the largest portion of their property is zoned “general commercial” a small section where their office and warehouse is to be built is zoned “agricultural”. Mr. Hermes was there to discuss applying for a zoning amendment to change this portion to “general commercial” so the whole parcel would be zoned the same. After some discussion, Mr. Hermes said he would come in Tuesday during zoning hours and file the application for the zoning amendment. The Trustees thanked Mr. Hermes for coming to the meeting.
Mr. David reported that he had issued no permits since the last meeting;
Because Mr. Kelley was absent from the meeting there was no road reported.
Mr. Stewart did report that Mr. Kelley had been having trouble with the brakes on the 1992 International plow truck. He said they were freezing up possibly do to moisture in the air system. It was suggested that the “air dryer” which is responsible for removing moisture from the air system be checked.
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 attended the meeting concerning the “blocked railroad crossings”. He said that Representative Randy Garner and Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter were present at the meeting. Mr. Stewart said while the numbers of blocked crossing calls were actually down, in 2014 there were 219 county wide, with 80 being from Oxford Township. Mr. Stewart said any fines levied against the Railroad for blocked crossing go into a fund for safer crossings.
Mr. Stewart reported that the safety assessment officer for the insurance company was in; he said one of the things she noted was the height and placement of road signs. He said Mr. Kelley and her spent some time together going over this issue.
Mr. David said he didn’t have anything to report at this time.
There was some discussion, about the detailed budget projection being available for the March 5th meeting. It was decided that a work session be held before the meeting, Mr. David said he would see that it advertised.
Communications were reviewed.
There was no old business.
Mr. Stewart moved to pay the bills in the amount of $18,127.32, Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
No further business, meeting was adjourned.
Michael G. Parker, President Phillip M. David, Fiscal Officer