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Regular Meeting Minutes

January 15, 2015


President Scott Leber called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.


Roll Call

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 for the January 8, 2015 meeting, Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting to accept the minutes; motion carried.



Scott Thom, Erie County Health Department Plumbing Coordinator was present at the meeting to give the annual report for the Plumbing Permitting and Inspection Department. Mr. Thom reported that County wide; they had issued 90 commercial and 91 residential permits in 2014 which generated $106,661.00 fee revenue. In Oxford Township they had issued 3 residential permits with a fee total of $1110.00 He said that 42 new contractors had been issued licenses to operate in Erie County bringing the total to 403 licensed contractors.


Mr. Thom reported that the federal grant that Erie County had received for the removal of lead contamination in residential homes had expired, but they would be reapplying again in February for a new grant so they hopefully can continue to provide the needed services. Mr. Thom reminded the Trustees that the “Radon” test kits are still available thru the Health Department, and this time of year is the best time to test because most homes are closed up tight for the winter season thus capturing most of the Radon gas.


Zoning Report:

Mr. David reported that he had issued no permits since the last meeting;


Road Superintendent

Mr. Kelley reported that the 2002 IHC truck had lost power, after being looked at by a service technician from Midway Truck Center, it was determined that the fuel lift pump needed replaced. Mr. Kelley said once the lift pump was replaced the truck run good and was put back into service. He also reported that he had had troubles with the brakes on the1991 IHC truck. He said that the airline to the brakes had frozen in the cold weather, indicating that there was water in the air system. After the truck sat in the heated garage overnight the brakes had thawed out. After inspecting the air system, he recommended that the air dryer which removes moisture from the air system be replace. The Trustees told Mr. Kelley to do whatever he thought necessary to keep the trucks in operating condition during this winter season.


Because of the three week break before the next Trustee meeting, Mr. Kelley questioned if the Trustees wanted to move ahead with painting the meeting room ceiling and walls. After some discussion, it was decided to paint the walls and ceiling, Mr. Stewart said he would help Mr. Kelley with the project.



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 an informational public meeting hosted by the Nexus pipeline company. He said there are still a lot of unanswered questions pertaining to the coming pipeline. He said several lawyers were present at the meetings, which were offering their services to the landowners trying to negotiate with the pipeline company. He questioned about possibly hosting a meeting at the Township hall with the land owners in Oxford Township whose properties are involved and the attorneys he met. After some discussion no final decision was made.


Mr. Stewart suggested that the Trustees investigate starting some form of “set aside” fund for the upcoming purchase of replacement equipment. He reminded everyone that the Ford 1 ton truck is a 2000, and the oldest IHC plow truck is a 1992. Everyone agreed that a “set aside” fund needed to be implicated, Mr. David said that the permissive auto tax fund was slowly building, and with the only expenditure coming out of it was the annual payment for the road tractor and mower. All agreed more discussion on this subject is needed.


Fiscal Officer

Mr. David presented the tentative 2014 year end revenue carryover report to the Trustees for their review.


After reviewing the carryover figures and the projected income for 2015, there was discussion about “renewal” verses “replacement” of the Township 2.5 operating levy. There was also discussion about “specific” levies, where the funds are designated to cover cost involving specific cost such as fire or road repair. After some discussion, Mr. David was ask to have a detailed budget projection available for the March 5th meeting.



Communications were reviewed.


Old Business

Old business was reviewed; there was nothing new to report. Mr. Stewart said he would purchase the new first aid kit before the next meeting.


New Business

Committee Delegates for 2015 were reviewed. Mr. Stewart moved that the committee delegates remain the same as 2014, Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.  


Organization  Township Representative   Alternate
Erie County Board of Health Michael Parker  Scott Leber
Erie Regional Planning Scott Leber  Michael Parker
Sand Hill Cemetery James Stewart Michael Parker
Council of Governments James Stewart Michael Parker


Mr. Stewart moved to pay the bills in the amount of $3,652.30, 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

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Michael G Parker-President 


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Scott Leber-Vice-President


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James W. Stewart-Trustee


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