Muskingum Township
Muskingum County, Ohio

April 2011 minutes





DATE: April 7, 2011


PURPOSE OF MEETING: Regular meeting.


OPENING: The Muskingum Township Trustees met in regular session on April 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fire Building.  All trustees and fiscal officer were present.


The sealed bids for the chip and seal were opened.

     Zemba Brothers  -  1500 ton limestone @ $21.68 per ton


                       1500 ton gravel @ 20.25 per ton



     Shelly Company  -  gravel $13.85 a ton

                       Limestone $18.00 a ton


     Walhonding Valley – 1500 ton gravel @ $12.75 per ton


                        No limestone price


Jerry Miller passed a resolution to accept the Chip and Seal bid from Walhonding Valley Sand and Gravel.  Fusner seconded.  Fusner ayed, Maniaci ayed, Miller ayed.


The minutes of the March 3, 2011 meeting were read and approved. 

Checks were approved and signed for payment.


Mike Maniaci stated that we received a letter from the County Engineers office in regards to the annual inventory, advising that out of all the townships in Muskingum County, there were only five townships out of twenty five that have submitted their annual inventory list.  Muskingum being one of those townships that did submit their inventory.


Thelma Cohagen asked about the 4-H flag that has been missing for months.  Trustees informed her they have not heard anything more about it, that it is still missing.


Steve Fusner wanted it in the minutes that the tree on Mr. Wasson’s property that was discussed at the last meeting, did fall down and has been cleaned up and removed.


Mike Maniaci advised that the culvert permit is still being worked on and will be presented to the board when it has been completed.


Maniaci also read the entire “Resolution Declaring the Necessity to Levy a Tax” for the Fire Levy.  Maniaci made the motion to accept the fire levy resolution.  This is a resolution to renew the current existing 1.25 mill levy that we have.   Miller seconded. Miller Ayed,  Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed. Jerri Newell will take the paperwork to the County Auditors office for their calculation of properties.


Thelma Cohagen asked about financial help from the county in regards to the excessive traffic on Jones Road now that Northpointe Road is closed northbound.  Maniaci advised he has spoken with Doug Davis and Jerry Levy to try to get some help with maintenance and repairs to Jones Road.

Fusner mentioned that he has received phone calls from a resident on Gorsuch Road in regards to semi trucks traveling Gorsuch and Welsh Roads.  These are narrow roads and they are tearing up the roads.  Fusner said he will get with the County Engineer in regards to this matter.


Don Madden spoke at the meeting asking for an easement in regards to the Bulk Water station the County would like to install at our township lot.  He stated the building would be approximately 6x6 and 8ft high.  It would consist of a meter and coin machine charging $.01 per gallon.  Trustees were concerned about who carries the liability and property insurance. Who pays for electric to this building, could the county asphalt from Rt 60 to this building?  Madden advised he will take these suggestions back to the County Commissioners to get answers.  Miller mentioned using our electricity and we get 10% of income.  All trustees agreed that they are not ready to sign the easement tonight.  Stated they will meet again to go over where they might put the building.  Madden said he will provide the Trustees with the revenue from the Richards Road station.


Falls Fire Department submitted their fire reports for last month:

          11 Emergency Runs    Avg Response Time 8:39 mins

           1 Non Emergency Run


Lester Vandenbark stated he was at the County Commissioners officer talking with them about the closed road located by his property.  He stated he brought it to their attention that the wording states “relocating 419 not closing it”. He further stated the paperwork says “being the same is hereby vacated and closed to traffic”.  Maniaci stated that according to the O.R.C. vacated means closed.  Once trustees receive a letter from the Commissioners office advising us the road is up to specifications, we will maintain that road.  Vandenbark said if it was still a township road trustees would have to bring road up to specifications. Maniaci advised Mr. Vandenbark he would have to do that bring road up to specifications. And we cannot maintain that road unless the County Commissioners/ County Engineers advise us to do so. Miller stated that this road is not part of our ODOT road mileage inventory and hasn’t been since 1931.  So the township is not getting paid anything to maintain that road.


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





                          JERRI A NEWELL, FISCAL OFFICER