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Oxford Township, Erie County, Ohio USA
June 5, 2014
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 absent.
Mr. Parker moved to accept the minutes for the May 15th, 2014 meeting, Mr. Stewart seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
Tim Dunlap, and Don Tommas, Oxford Township residents were present at the meeting to express their concerns about an article written by Phillip David, Zoning Inspector in the Spring 2014 Messenger. Mr. Dunlap pointed to recent court cases involving freedom of speech and the right to post political signs in your yard. Mr. David said he was aware of the court decisions and the right to post signs, and he assured everyone he was not trying to infringe on anyone’s freedom. He pointed out that there were still regulations for signs concerning the placement and size of signs. He said each sign is handled as a separate case. When ask how are people supposed to know if a permit is needed, Mr. David stressed that all people have to do is call and inquire. The Trustees thanked Mr. Dunlap and Mr. Tommas for coming to the meeting.
Mr. David reported that he had issued no permits since the last meeting.
Mr. David reported that the Appeals Board held two hearings on May 29 to a pack audience.
The first application for a conditional use by Ryan Pickard to operate a shooting range on his property was met with a lot of opposition from the audience. After listening to Mr. Pickard detail his plans and hearing the objections and concerns from the audience, the Board voted not to grant him the conditional use to operate a shooting range.
The second hearing was for a variance to build on a non-conforming lot by Sandra Ferry. Mr. David distributed copies of a letter received from William Smith attorney for Galloway & Sons objecting to granting the variance. After reviewing the letter, Mr. David requested that the Board table the application until a legal opinion could be obtained concerning Mr. Smith’s objection. The Appeals Board voted to table the application until a legal opinion could be obtained.
Mr. David reported that he had talked with Forrest Williams who owns a lot on Mason Road. Mr. Williams said he was having trouble getting the lot mowed and wondered if he could have the Township do it. After some discussion, the Trustees said that he should contact the yellow pages that the Township was not in the mowing business. Mr. David said he would call him.
Mr. Kelley reported that he was busy mowing roadsides for the first time around, he said everything was going smoothly, after he was finished, they would be back working on the crack sealing of roads.
Mr. Leber reported that he didn’t have anything to report at this time
Mr. Parker reported that he didn’t have anything to report at this time
Mr. Stewart reported that he didn’t have anything to report at this time
Mr. David reported that the CD at Citizens Banking was due to mature June 18th, he said that no interest rate was available until the roll over date. Mr. David said the currant CD was for eighteen months. After some discussion, Mr. Stewart moved to allow the CD to rollover at Citizens Bank for another eighteen months, Mr. Parker seconded the motion. Roll was called with all present voting yes; motion pasted.
Mr. David presented the Trustees with a renewal contract for the upcoming salt bid thru the Erie County Engineer. After some discussion, Mr. Parker moved to renew the contract with the Engineer requesting 175 ton of road salt for 2015, Mr. Stewart seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
Mr. David distributed copies of the health insurance reimbursement form to the Trustees and Mr. Kelley so they would have it if needed...
Reminder of the ECTA annual summer dinner at Kalahari Resort
Progress on painting the Township building was discussed, it was decided that the paint would be purchased from Sherman Williams.
Mr. Parker moved to pay the bills in the amount of $16,486.96 Mr. Stewart seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
No further business, Mr. Stewart moved to adjourn.
Scott Leber, President Phillip M. David, Fiscal Officer
Michael G Parker-Vice-President
James W. Stewart-Trustee