James W. Stewart
Michael G Parker
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ERIE COUNTY, OHIO USA
October 4, 2018
President Michael Parker called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll call indicated that Trustees Michael Parker, James Stewart, and Scott Leber were present. Fiscal Officer Phil David and Road Superintendent David Kelley were also present at the meeting.
Mr. Stewart moved to accept the minutes for the September 6th and September 27th meetings, Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called with all present voting yes; motion carried
Roger Hunker, Development Associate for Apex Clean Energy, was present at the meeting to discuss the recent developments in the purposed wind farm for Oxford and Groton Townships. Mr. Hunker reported that the purposed wind farm would have ten (10) turbines in Oxford Township and fourteen (14) turbines in Groton Township. The turbines would be 340 feet tall, with a blade length of 150 foot, with each turbine producing 4.2 megawatts of electricity at peak power. Mr. Hunker explained the purposed “Pilot” (payment in-lue of taxes) payment program to the Trustees. He said the “Pilot” program would be a non-depreciating payment program that would have equal payments thru out the 30-year life of the turbines, vs. a depreciating program that would have higher payments the first ten years, with payments being lowered each following year afterwards as the turbines depreciate. Mr. Hunker said Apex was in the final steps of applying to the Ohio Siting Board for permits to begin construction of the Wind Farm.
The Trustees “thanked” Mr. Hunker and his associate for coming to the meeting and keeping them update on the projects progress.
Mr. David reported that he had not issued any permits since the last meeting.
Mr. Kelley reported that Ron Miller had talked to him about a water problem that he was having on Higbee Road. Mr. Kelley said that when there is a heavy rain the tile going into the catch basin on Higbee produces so much water that the exit tile can’t handle the volume and the catch basin overflows sending water onto the road side and Mr. Miller’s field. Mr. Kelley said there isn’t really anyway to correct the problem except to limit the incoming water, or install a larger exit tile, which would be costly.
Mr. Kelley requested the weeks of October 8 thru the 12th and October 22nd thru the 26th as vacation time weather permitting. The Trustees approved his request.
Mr. Leber that he didn’t have anything to report at this time.
Mr. Parker stated he was working on the fall newsletter, after reviewing the topics he had covered in the newsletter, he questioned if there was anything he had missed or something else someone wanted to add. He said once finished he would email copies to the other Trustees for their review before giving to Liana for publishing.
Mr. Stewart said he didn’t have anything to report at this time.
Fiscal Officer: Mr. David reported that Fred Moffitt had stopped in questioning about a deed for the property he had purchased. There was discussion, several said they would check about getting something from the Prosecutor or would the Township have to hire a private attorney?
Communications: were reviewed
There was discussion about the loss of building space to the Groton Township Fire Department Sub Station recently located at the Township complex. It was questioned if the general fund could charge the fire fund for the cost to replace the needed storage space, or if the Township could collect rent from the fire fund for the garage bays occupied by the sub-station. Mr. Leber said he would research the question with the Prosecutor’s office.
Mr. Stewart moved to pay the bills in the amount of $7,257.49. Mr. Leber seconded
the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
No further business, the meeting was adjourned.
Michael G. Parker , President Phillip M. David, Fiscal Officer