The Margaretta Township Trustees met March 8, 2007 at 7 p.m. Present were
Mr. Riesterer, Mr. Bias and Mr. Pooch.
The meeting began at 7 p.m. with a public hearing on our proposed
appropriations for 2007. After some discussion the following motion was
Mr. Bias moved, seconded by Mr. Riesterer to approve the final
appropriations for 2007 as submitted by the Fiscal Officer. Vote: all ayes.
Pete Schade from the Erie County Health Department was at the meeting to
go over some things happening there. He discussed the 211 phone system (
number to call to see who to contact when someone needs information, but it
is not an emergency)
Mr. Schade said that the rules should be in place in April for smoke free
There will be training April 11 & 14 for the Pandemic Flu.
The health department has a new division (Community Health Division),
which is funded through grants. This department will deal with public health
issue (obesity, cancer, etc)
Bob England also from the health department talked about the new private
sewage regs. The new regulations will be the state wide codes.
Keith Kreager from Crystal Rock mentioned some problems with dips in the
roads (Sandusky, Columbus and the east side of Maple Ave.) where the water
lines were put in. The trustees said they would talk to Jim Neill to see
what he thinks should be done.
Keith mentioned that their street light was out again. Keith also wanted
to know when we were going to start the drainage project in Crystal Rock.
The trustees said that Jim Neill would know that.
Mr. Kreager asked about paperwork for possibly getting a block grant for
the engineering cost on a drainage project in Crystal Rock. The trustees
told him that they did not have any information yet on the block grant.
Mr. Less Hall was at the meeting to ask if the trustees had set any
policies on employees supporting politicians. He said he has been reading
the minutes on line and that he hadn’t seen anything about this. Mr. Hall
believes that the trustees should set a policy prohibiting employees from
supporting political politicians under their job titles.
Jean Miller and William Wood were also at the meeting to voice their
concern with this issue.
Mr. Pooch said that the people involved had been spoken to and that they
had not supported anyone under their township position. It was believed that
their titles were added before it was published in the paper.
Mr. Riesterer also said that the men had signed as individuals and did
not put their titles on the form, and he hopes that everyone can look past
this and support our township and vote for our upcoming Fire Levy.
The trustees said that we are going to be redoing our employee handbook
and that this issue will be addressed in the new handbook.
Mr. Rob Massey was at the meeting with an idea of the cost for mowing at
the Industrial Park and Sand Hill
Mr. Riesterer moved, seconded by Mr. Bias to approve the minutes from the
February 15, 2007 meeting as presented by the Fiscal Officer. Vote: all
Mr. Bias moved, seconded by Mr. Riesterer to accept the financial reports
presented by the Fiscal Officer. Vote: all ayes.
Mr. Riesterer moved, seconded by Mr. Bias to approve and sign warrants #
6435 – #6488 that were presented for payment by the Fiscal Officer. Vote:
Fiscal Officer, Mary Ann Lindsley, mentioned that she has begun taking
union dues out of the Fire Fighters pay.
The trustees signed the union contracts
Mr. Bias mentioned that the Park Board wanted to know about getting a Sam’s
Club membership. He will check into the cost.
Mr. Bias also mentioned that Doug Schoewe will not be putting fertilizer
on our fields anymore.
Mr. Bias said that the Park Contracts had been signed. They remain the
same as last year.
The Park Board has proposed having a contract for diamond rental. This
will have to be reviewed.
Mr. Riesterer moved, seconded by Mr. Bias to pass Resolution 2007-06,
employing the Law Firm of Terry Griffith for the purpose of representation.
Roll Call Vote: Mr. Bias –yes, Mr. Riesterer- yes and Mr. Pooch – yes.
(copy of resolution attached)
Mr. Riesterer said that an agreement was reached with the Engineer’s
Officer for the road work to be done. We will need to give them
certification that we have the funds or are in the process of receiving the
funds to cover our costs.
Jim Neill will need to submit the roads we want the county to do by March
Mr. Bias moved, seconded by Mr. Pooch to make our final Fire Truck
payment of $55,421.71 to the bank out of the General Fund since the Fire
Fund is short on money at this time. Vote: all ayes.
Jim Neill gave his Road/Cemetery report.
Mr. Bias went over some options in taking care of Sand Hill Cemetery.
This was tabled at this time, but we will continue to do the burials and get
the opening and closing costs for that.
Tom Johnson went over some zoning issues.
Chief Keimer gave his Fire Department report. He said that we are going
to have an open house around April 28, 2007. He showed the trustees a
brochure about our Fire Department that they plan on using with their door
to door campaign for the Fire Levy.
Mr. Bias moved, seconded by Mr. Pooch to go into executive session to
discuss personnel with the Trustees, Fiscal Officer and Fire Chief. Roll
Call Vote: Mr. Bias- yes, Mr. Riesterer – yes and Mr. Pooch- yes.
Mr. Bias moved, seconded by Mr. Pooch to return to regular session. Roll
Call Vote: Mr. Bias- yes, Mr. Riesterer –yes and Mr. Pooch – yes.
Mr. Pooch moved, seconded by Mr. Bias to adjourn. Vote: all ayes.
The meeting adjourned at 10:35 p.m.