Muskingum Township
Muskingum County, Ohio
   

September 2013 Regular Meeting

 

BOARD OF MUSKINGUM TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES

 

September 5, 2013

 

PURPOSE OF MEETING: Regular Meeting.

 

OPENING: The Muskingum Township Trustees met in regular session on September 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fire Building.  All trustees and fiscal officer were present.  There were 5 residents present.

 

The August regular minutes were read approved.

The amendment to the July regular meeting minutes were read and approved.   

 

Checks were approved and signed for payment.

 

Fiscal Officer Baughman presented the following resolution:

 

Resolution 9-5-2013A Re-Align Appropriations

Upon the recommendation of the Fiscal Officer, The board of Trustees of Muskingum Township finds it necessary to realign the following appropriation from one account to another within the same fund per ORC 5705.14 and 5705.16.

 

Line Item                                                        Increase (Decrease)               Amount

General Fund - Other Expenses                     Decrease                                 ($500)

General Fund – Tax Collection Fees             Increase                                   $500

Road & Bridge – Other Expenses                  Decrease                                 ($1,500)

Road & Bridge – Tax Collection Fees           Increase                                   $1,500

 

Maniaci motioned to adopt resolution, Fusner seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed.

 

Maniaci opened for old business.

 

Mrs. Cohagen asked for follow-up on meeting with Doug Davis on drainage issues on Northcrest. Mrs. Pulley, Northcrest resident addressed trustees and indicated that she has had water issues over the eight years she has resided on Northcrest. Maniaci stated that he spoke with Doug Davis and determined the trouble lies further up where the water runs away from Northcrest and the size of the culverts is not always the issue. Charlie and Curtis cleaned out some obstructions but the culverts on the properties further up may need cleaned. The township has no right away to maintain these ditches that reside behind these properties and unfortunately looking at a civil matter rather than the township. Hittle indicated that the low areas with that lies ahead of Mrs. Pulley’s property on Northcrest where the water is being backed up needs proper drainage ditches but unfortunately would involve hiring an outside contractor, address with Mr. Thomas the owner of the property or speak with the engineers. Doug Davis did mention that the ditches on Mr. Thomas property needs cleaned and straightened out. Fusner indicated Bob Moore’s property was having similar issues. Hittle indicated that the water will eventually move as he had indicated to Mr. and Mrs. Steinmetz which had similar issues.

     

Mrs. Cohagen asked for follow-up with the property on Rt. 60. Fusner indicated the property is in foreclosure but nothing else. Mrs. Cohagen said that she had spoke with a young lady from Eaglepoint subdivision who indicated that there were many homes in foreclosure in the subdivision that had not been mowed and had overgrown ditches. Shirley McCollister has these properties listed and has sent letters about the conditions but nothing has been done.

 

Fiscal Officer presented the following resolutions:

 

Resolution 9-5-2013B Transfer of Funds

The board of Trustees of Muskingum Township finds it necessary to transfer $1,020 from the general fund to the fire fund for monies spent during 2012 for the contracted mowing services of township buildings and cemeteries incurred and approve current and future payments for said services from the general fund. Maniaci motioned to adopt resolution. Fusner seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed.

Resolution 9-5-2013C Transfer of Funds

The board of Trustees of Muskingum Township finds it necessary to transfer $464 from the general fund to the fire fund for monies spent during 2013 for the contracted mowing services of township buildings and cemeteries incurred and approve current and future payments for said services from the general fund. Maniaci motioned to adopt resolution. Fusner seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed

 

Fiscal Officer presented trustees with the copy of receipt from the Muskingum County Board of Elections for the additional fire levy to be placed on November 5, 2013 ballot.

 

Fusner asked about the $500 Safety Grant. Fiscal Officer presented the Safety Grant application for the trustees to discuss with Charlie and Curtis on identifying items to include as part of the $500 Safety Grant award.

 

Maniaci opened for new business.

 

Maniaci presented the following Fire and EMS run reports and stated that Falls Fire Department’s new software system is still a work in progress and speak with them about getting run times.

 

July                 17 EMS runs                                                               August             23 EMS Runs

                        3 Emergency Runs

ART (average response time) 5.33 minutes  

 

Maniaci presented salt pricing from Cargill. The salt price for this year is $48.84 per ton from Cargill under the state cooperative purchasing contract.

 

Maniaci stated that Brenton Baker asked about installing a culvert at the Tri-Valley Youth League soccer fields that were being built between the Greens at Vista and the Apartments on Vista View Drive. Maniaci indicated that this was a county road and spoke with Doug Davis about the township installing the culverts for the TVYL. Doug Davis drew up the plans for free which called for a 30’ culvert. TVYL would purchase the culverts. Hittle made motion to install the culverts for the youth league. Maniaci seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed.

 

Maniaci asked trustees about thoughts on any additional township paving this year or just continue to do additional patch work. Maniaci recommended continued patch work instead of paving. Trustees agreed to continue patch work rather than additional paving.

 

Fiscal Officer presented the following resolution:

 

Resolution 9-5-2013D Adoption of Tax Budget, 2014 Certificate of Estimated Resources

The board of Trustees of Muskingum Township move to adopt, this 5th day of September 2013, the following Tax Budget for the next succeeding fiscal year commencing on January 1st, 2014 where the Budget Commission of Muskingum County certified the following amounts and rates:

 

Amounts inside the 10 Mill Limitation          $279,040,     

Amounts outside the 10 Mill Limitation        $103,480

Total budget estimated                                   $382,520

Other Sources                                                 $210,133

Estimated Carryover                                      $35,052

Total Estimated Resources                             $627,706

 

Maniaci moved to adopt the resolution. Hittle seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed.

 

Fiscal Officer provided an update on the township's dental and vision policy. Baughman indicated that Sun Life and Health Insurance converted our current dental and vision insurance plan to another underwriting company effective August 1st.  Effective August 1st, the vision benefit was discontinued by Sun Life. Baughman stated that he received various communications from Sun Life regarding the conversion and upcoming changes to the plan and takes responsibility for not identifying this discontuation of vision benefit prior to the August 1st date. Due to the lapse period created from the discontinued vision benefit, Baughman presented the trustees with dental and vision quotes from Rankin & Rankin Insurance and Wichert Insurance and the savings to compare with Sun Life. Baughman also indicated he spoke with Mr. Bud Chess about the insurance reimbursement policy, the Ohio Revised Code on reimbursement and the following resolution presented to the trustees for approval of such insurance benefit reimbursement.

 

Mrs. Cohagen asked what the reimbursement amount would be and indicated that this amount should only be what was originally covered under the previous vision plan that was discontinued. Maniaci agreed that the reimbursement amount would only be what would have been covered under the original Sun Life vision policy that was in place before the discontinued date.

 

Fiscal Officer presented the following resolution:

 

Resolution 9-5-2013E, Insurance Reimbursement pursuant to O.R.C. 505.60, 505.601(D), (F)

The board of Trustees of Muskingum Township, pursuant to O.R.C. 505.60, 505.601, 505.60(F), due to the termination of vision benefit by Sun Life and Health Insurance Company and the transition to a replacement policy and lapse benefit period created, approve reimbursement of out-of-pocket vision benefit cost incurred during the lapse period, for trustees, fiscal officer, and employees, that would have been covered under the existing policy having not been terminated by Sun Life Health Insurance Company. Maniaci motioned to adopt resolution. Hittle seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner abstained, Hittle ayed.

 

Fiscal Officer presented trustees with dental and vision insurance quotes for approval:

 

Maniaci made motion to approve and procure township dental and vision insurance with Wichert Insurance. The projected savings under Wichert Insurance compared to Sun Life and Rankin & Rankin quotes is approximately $1,261 annually. Hittle seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner abstained, Hittle ayed.

 

Fusner stated that he spoke with Mrs. Parimeter that lives on Welch Road and that she does not want a speed limit sign in front of her property.

 

Fiscal Officer asked the trustees to inquire on the house located on Dresden Road, near Scott Battery, that looks as if it has been abandoned. Baughman indicated that an addition was being built but hasn't seen any activity for a couple of months now and the property is in need of mowing and clean-up.

 

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

 

                                                ______________________________

                                                             Jason T. Baughman, CPA, Fiscal Officer

_________________________

 

_________________________

 

_________________________