Muskingum Township
Muskingum County, Ohio
   

BOARD OF MUSKINGUM TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES

August 3, 2016

PURPOSE OF MEETING:

·         The Muskingum Township Trustee met in regular session on August 3, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. in the Fire Building.

 

ATTENDANCE:

·         Trustees: Mike Maniaci, Ed Fell, Matt Hittle

·         Fiscal Officer: Jason Baughman.

·         Residents:  There were 10 residents in attendance.

 

MINUTES:

The July 7, 2016 Regular minutes were approved. Fell motioned to approve minutes as amended to read ditches on new homes and not Arnies Way. Hittle seconded.

 

CHECKS:                  

Checks were signed and approved for payment.

 

THEN AND NOW PURCHASE ORDERS:

Maniaci motioned to approved following then and now purchase orders:

PNC Equipment Finance for Fire Truck Payment $42,722.66.

Falls Township Fire/EMS Department Contract Payment $60,000

Hittle seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Hittle ayed, Fell ayed.

 

CINDY CAMERON - COUNTY COMMISSIONER:

Cindy Cameron, county commissioner was in attendance. Cindy spoke about the upcoming election. She will be running against Dale Phillips while Mollie Crooks will be running against Jerry Lavy. She spoke about her background. Cindy stated she goes to work every day and does her best to help everyone that comes in our office. She feels as commissioner and she does business with the doors open and lights on and visible to the public.

 

RESIDENTS OF CASSIES WAY:

Residents of Cassies Way were in attendance to discuss chip-seal and asphalt on Cassies Way off of Jones Road. Residents were concern with the oil mess of chip-seal on the portion of Jones Road leading into Cassies Way. Their concern was that Cassies way was going to be chip-seal over existing asphalt and concern for the safety hazard of the portion of Jones Road that is chip-seal. Maniaci indicated that years ago, his understanding that John McCarty would pay for asphalt from Rt. 60 to Cassies Way but at the time Mr. McCarty never did reimburse the township for this. Maniaci indicated that he and the trustees would look at estimates on asphalt for the portion of Jones Road to Cassies Way. The residents inquired on asphalt cost for Cassies Way. Maniaci indicated that we can get some estimates and the option to assess their taxes for half of 51% of residents agree to or if they remain patient the trustees will look at in the future to put on our list of asphalt projects as we look at each year and our existing budget. Cindy Cameron stated that the county engineer only paved 6 miles in Muskingum County last year. Hittle indicated that we don't plan on going into a subdivision and chip-seal over an asphalt road. Fell indicated if we had the budget we would paved them all but in the mean time use chip-seal to hold the roads together as long as possible. The trustees apologized to the residents and would look at estimates and fix the loose stone and oil issue in the mean time.

 

Maniaci also indicated on subdivision, developers and owners of these subdivisions that can afford to asphalt the roads, in turn over to the county and when specs are met the county turns over to the townships to maintain going forward adding to the miles of asphalt to maintain with limited budget.

 

Mr. Scott Ritchie ask about widening of the road. Maniaci indicated that would be expensive project and uncertain at the moment about exactly how to go about this.

 

Other resident expressed concern with cinders being applied on his cul-de-sac and the mess it leaves and request salt instead of cinders going forward. Hittle stated we paid $74 per ton for salt while other counties on the state purchase agreement paid $49 per ton. We have 2 trucks and 1 small truck to run in the winter. We have 2 full time and some part-time during the winter and the trustees will run the small truck and we maintain 49 miles.

 

Mr. Scott Ritchie ask about a tornado siren in our township. Hittle will follow-up with Bo Keck about the tornado sirens in the county.

 

Another resident stated that he moved and has been resident for 4 years in Muskingum Township and indicated the roads have been maintained far better than any township he lived in previously.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

FAWN ROAD:

Fell indicated we still need to look at ditch on Fawn Road.

 

NEW RILEY ROAD:

Maniaci indicated we need to get Curtis and Troy to take care of pipe issue on New Riley.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

PRIOR ROAD:

Hittle stated tree on Prior needs removed with bucket truck and may have to contact someone to take care of.

 

JIM MCCLOY:

Maniaci indicated need trees trimmed on Creamery and Welch from Mr. McCloy.

 

CONN ROAD:

Fell indicated Mr. Burkhart needs tree removed on Conn Road.

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDS FOR 2017.

Maniaci motioned to accept the county auditors Local Government Funds for 2017 of $8,540.78. Fell seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Hittle ayed, Fell ayed.

 

FIRE & EMS RUN REPORTS :

June Fire          2 Emergency                ART     8:49

                        1 Non-Emergency        ART     12:28

 

July Fire           2 Emergency                ART     10:19

                        1 Non-Emergency        ART     11:00

 

July EMS         24 runs                         ART     8:42

 

JARROD BESSER:

Maniaci motioned to hire Jarrod Bessier as emergency replacement for Curtis while on leave. Fell seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Hittle ayed, Fell ayed.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION - ENTER:

Maniaci motioned to move to executive session for the appointment, dismissal, promotion, demotion of employment of public employee. Hittle seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Hittle ayed, Fell ayed. Maniaici noted to include Fiscal Officer into executive session.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION - EXIT:

Maniaci motioned to exit Executive Session and back to regular session. Fell seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Hittle ayed, Fell ayed.

 

 

 

TROY CLEMENTS:

Maniaci motioned that we notify Troy Cements the option to stay on as employed until Curtis Salmons comes back from leave but when Curtis comes back Troy's employment will be terminated.. Fell seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Hittle ayed, Fell ayed.

 

Maniaci motioned that when Curtis comes back Troy Clement's employment will be terminated.  Fell seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Hittle ayed, Fell ayed.

 

Maniaci motioned to hire Jarrod Bessier when Curtis comes back and to replace Troy Clements including a 90 day trial period with the existed work days counting toward his 90 day probation period. Fell seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Hittle ayed, Fell ayed.

 

FIRE EQUIPMENT INVENTORY:

Fell inquired regarding the fire equipment inventory and sale proceeds. Fell asked if we can get a list of fire equipment that has or was sold per our contract. Maniaci indicated that any fire equipment or trucks we sold in the past the funds were paid to Muskingum Township and then paid toward the fire contract agreement.

 

DRUG TESTING / TRAINING:

Fell asked about drug testing for employees. Maniaci indicated this has been addressed. Fiscal Officer indicated that this was his oversight for not following up timely and getting the township employees notified of the testing and has and will be addressed going forward.

 

BACKGROUND CHECKS:

Fell inquired regarding background checks. Maniaci indicated this was part of our risk assessment and will move on this going forward.

 

Hittle moved to adjourn.  Seconded by Maniaci.  All ayed.

 

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                                                                                    Jason T. Baughman, CPA, Fiscal Officer

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