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ERIE COUNTY, OHIO USA
September 19, 2019
President James Stewart called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll call indicated that all Trustees were present, also present were Phillip David, Fiscal Officer and Zoning Inspector and Road Superintendent David Kelley
Mr. Parker moved to approve the minutes for the September 5th Trustee meeting, Mr. Leber seceded the motion. Roll was called with all present answering yes motion carried.
Ashley Ballah, Executive Director for North Central EMS and Joseph Micheletti, North Central EMS were present at the meeting to inform the Trustees that North Central EMS which is now a member of Fisher-Titus Affiliated Services was under new leadership. They explained that North Central EMS had suffered financial losses of one and half million dollars in the past several years, which lead to the purchasing and restructuring by Fisher Titus Affiliated Services. Ms. Ballah said with the cutbacks of Medicare and downgrading of rates by insurance companies, North Central EMS can no longer operate on patient billing alone. She said that each entity based on population and distances for response will be charged an “annual availability fee” for North Central to operate in their area. Oxford Township’s availability fee for 2020 will be $15,000 dollars with an annual adjustment of 3% for each succeeding year in January 2021 and January 2022.
Mr. Stewart questioned if patients would still be billed for services or would the “availability fee” cover patient cost. Ms. Ballah said that patients would still be billed for services. The Trustees “thanked” Ms. Ballah and Mr. Micheletti for coming to the meeting and said they would take the matter under advisement.
Adam and John Brazie were present at the meeting to express their concerns about the increase of noise, racing of cars, four wheelers and snowmobiles in their neighborhood. They said that calls to the Sheriff haven’t provided much relief because they quit when the sheriff shows up and as soon as he, meaning the Sheriff leaves they’re out there again doing the same thing.
The Trustees express their concerns about the matter, but reiterated that they have no control over the matter that enforcement falls back to the Sheriff. They said they would have a talk with Sheriff Sigsworth to see if more frequent patrols could be arranged. There was some discussion about posting “no excessive noise signs” but no decision was made until someone had a chance to talk with the Sheriff.
Mr. David reported that he had issued two permits since the last meeting.
Mr. David said he had talked with Kerry Jett, Fire Chief for Groton Township about the tall grass problem at 10316 Patten Tract Road. Mr. Jett said there was statutes in the Ohio Fire Code that covered such things and he would look it up and get back with him.
Mr. David said after reviewing the deeds for the property that Nancy Shnee was dividing the legal lane or right of way that grants access to the back fields grandfathers any current zoning resolutions concerning required frontage for an easement.
Mr. Kelley said he had finished the road side mowing for this go around, he said he had met with Tim Loydd and a representative from Nexus Pipeline and they had walked the roads where the pipeline crossed them. He said Nexus agreed to fix Ransom and Thomas Road crossing spots.
Mr. Kelley reported that the Ford one ton truck was leaking oil, probably a valve cover gasket, wherever it was parked for a period of time. The Trustee said to get it checked out for repairs.
Mr. Kelley reported that Travis Heiser had ask about working this winter as a relief driver during snow storms or helping to clear corners and intersections with the backhoe. After some discussion, Mr. Parker moved to hire Mr. Heiser as a relief driver this winter, Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
Mr. Leber didn’t have anything to report at this time.
Mr. Parker said he had talked with Mr. Frederick about the bid package for the new building. He said Mr. Frederick said he hoped to have it done by the next meeting.
Mr. Stewart said he had stopped and gotten the contract for the roof replacement from North Coast Roofing. He said after tonight with the check for the down payment they would order the material for the job and get it started.
Mr. David said the Township was due for a new printer thru the UAN program, he questioned about someone being available to sign for the equipment when it was delivered. Both Mr. Stewart and Mr. Kelley said that they would make time when needed for the delivery.
Mr. David passed around a new resolution and deed that Sue Brown, Assistant Erie County Prosecutor, had drawn up for the Moffitt parcel that needed signatures. Hopefully this will finalize the sale so Mr. Moffitt can get the parcel in his name.
Mr. David requested that the Trustee approve a transfer of fund from the Fire Fund to the StarOhio Fund so it can draw interest. Mr. Parker moved to move $60,000 dollars into the StarOhio Fund, Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
Communications were reviewed.
There was no old business.
Mr. Parker moved to pay the bills in the amount of $54,629.94 Mr. Leber seconded the motion. Roll was called, with all present voting yes; motion carried.
No further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned,
James W. Stewart, President Phillip M. David, Fiscal Officer