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Regular Meeting Minutes

Oct. 3, 2013


President Stewart 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. Parker moved to accept the minutes for the September 19th 2013 meeting, Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.



No guests were present.


Zoning Report:

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


Mr. David reported that the Appeals Board had held the variance hearing for David Mickle, 12309 Patten Tract Road, and had granted a variance with conditions; to exceed the allowable square footage for an accessory structure.


Road Superintendent

Mr. Kelley reported that they had been busy crack sealing on different roads in Oxford Township and had used over seven pallets of material. He said once they were finished, they would be moving to Margretta Township to do some crack sealing there.


Mr. Kelley said the last party for the season was scheduled for the weekend of October 5th, after that he would be closing the shelter house and having the portable restrooms picked up.  


Installing a drain tile and catch basin at the bend on the east side of Lovers Lane Road was discussed. There are several spots where water lays in the drainage ditch along the road and people have taken to “mud bogging” creating an even deeper mud hole and mess.  Installing a drain tile and catch basin would help to drain the water and dry the road side, hopefully eliminating the mud holes and mess. Mr. Kelley will put some cost together for the next meeting.




Mr. Leber said he had talked with Kurt Heyman about the plans for having Roe’s Tree Service remove the dead trees on Schaefer Road. Because Roe’s were going to remove the logs, Mr. Heyman questioned if the trees were in the right of way or on their property because they wanted to keep the logs. After some discussion, Mr. Kelley and Mr. Leber will measure the road right of way, if the trees are on private property and not in the right of way, then the property owner could be responsible for the removal.


Mr. Parker reported that he had been notified that the railroad had hired a contractor to start dismantling the Kimball elevator and that it would be torn down sometime this fall.


Mr. Stewart reported on the “Council of Governments” meeting he had attended.


Fiscal Officer

Mr. David reported that the new county contract price of road salt for 2013 - 2014 will be $27.75 a ton picked up at the dock, down from last year’s price of $33.00 a ton.


Mr. David reported that he had received copies of a receipt and the cemetery deed for Robert & Sandra Meyers. The deed shows that there were two cemetery plots purchased at that time, and both plots were recorded on the same deed. When the deed was recorded, only one plot number was entered, resulting in the lack of a recorded plot for Sandra Meyers. It was questioned if the Township would purchase the plot back from Mrs. Meyers, after some discussion, the Trustees decided that the plot would be purchased for the same price it was purchased for, if and when she decided what she was going to do with it.



Communications were reviewed.


Old Business

There was discussion about the apple tree on the corner of Higbee and Ransom Road belonging to Tim Dunlap. There had been a complaint about visibility to the north when entering Ransom Road from Higbee, especially if you were in a taller vehicle. When contacted about the tree, Mr. Dunlap refused to trim or allow it to be trimmed. Being a safety factor at the intersection, it was decided to ask an opinion from the County Prosecutor as to what the legal responsibility for the Township was. 

New Business

Mr. Parker moved to pay the bills in the amount of $19,920.31 Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.


No further business, Mr. Leber moved to adjourn.



James W. Stewart, President                      Phillip M. David, Fiscal Officer

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Michael G Parker-President


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James W. Stewart-Trustee


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Scott Leber-Trustee


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