Muskingum Township
Muskingum County, Ohio





DATE: August 2, 2012


PURPOSE OF MEETING: Regular Meeting.


OPENING: The Muskingum Township Trustees met in regular session on August 2, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fire Building.  Trustees Mike Maniaci, Steve Fusner, Matt Hittle and fiscal officer were present. There were 7 residents present.


The July 5, 2012 regular minutes were read and approved.

The July 7, 2012 special minutes were read and approved.

The July 26, 2012 special minutes were read and approved.


Checks were approved and signed for payment.


Maniaci opened for old business.


Maniaci asked about any update on shale agreement. Fusner stated nothing to date.


Maniaci stated roof replacement for salt bin has been completed.


Maniaci asked about insurance update. Baughman stated per Todd at Rankin insurance has been renewed and new cards issued within 15 days. No response from Wicert to-date. Baughman will contact Forker Company about insurance quotes.


Maniaci stated that Fiscal Officer Baughman and him went to the Muskingum County FEMA meeting to turn in time and cost information for reimbursement due to the recent storm damages. Nothing has been approved by the state nor have any of the townships been qualified yet for reimbursement from the state. The total Maniaci and Baughman reported for potential reimbursement was approximately $5,007.  


Maniaci gave update on chip-seal. Tuesday, August 7th, the following roads will be finished with chip-seal: Fulton, Schneider, Chugg Run, McCasslin.


Fusner asked about decision on paving bids for Northcrest Road. Fusner made motion to accept the lower of the two bids, bid proposal B, from Shelly Company for $72,992.50 which includes asphalting of Northcrest Road from Richvale Road, including Kingswood Circle from Northcrest to end, Winfield Circle from Northcrest to end, and Coachlite Circle from Northcrest to end. Maniaci seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed.


Mrs. Cohagen asked about appointing Mark Brown as Fire Chief and paying him $500 annually out of the fire fund. Mrs. Cohagen asked about the legal ramification due to the fire contract and whether we should be paying Mr. Brown out of the fire fund. Maniaci stated he will verify this with the contract.


Mr. Paul Dunfee, from Licking Township, asked about chip-seal of Vanbark and asked if we wanted to them to go all the way down to the highway from Vanbark. Fusner stated Licking Twp. has done this in the past for a small fee. Fusner made motion to compensate Licking Twp. for this extra 100 feet providing that compensation isn't excessive. Maniaci seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed. 


Mr. Dunfee asked about how many employees the township pays for health insurance? Maniaci stated there are 3 employees on health insurance and 2 that are reimbursed for out-of-pocket premiums paid.


Mrs. Cohagen asked about township zoning. She referred to the article in the Times Recorder about the city port authority expansion plans. Mrs. Cohagen asked trustees why haven't zoning in our township been addressed? Maniaci stated that his understanding is that the zoning process was addressed years ago and cards were issued to the township residents addressing zoning and they were never returned, therefore the zoning issue was never brought to the ballot. Fusner state that years ago the township hired the city planner to prepare a zoning plan and $10K later only maps were drawn. Mrs. Cohagen stated there are different levels of zoning and mentioned that there were individuals in township willing to be on a zoning board. Maniaci stated that he would have a zoning report at the next regular meeting.


Maniaci read the fire report for July:

4 Fire Emergency   ART(avg. response time)      9:45 minutes

1 Non Emergency    ART                     12:00 minutes

25 EMS runs        ART                     8:30 minutes


Maniaci opened for new business.


Maniaci stated he had a request from Fire Chief Mark Brown to change the sign in front of the fire station. Maniaci sent sign to Mark and is waiting on his approval.


Maniaci stated that the Falls Township Fire Department Chicken Barbeque is Sunday August 5th.


Maniaci made proposal and motion to reword the resolution 7-5-2012A for the dump truck. Instead of reading the vehicle would be purchased for no more than $113,801 which is $10,246 lower than state bid for similar truck with same option, we are rewording the first paragraph to read the vehicle would be purchased for no more than $81,991 which is $10,246 lower than state bid. Also, the paragraph in the center of the same page which read Kinstle Sterling Western Star truck and related equipment not to exceed $113,801, will now be reworded to read equipment from Henderson Ohio totaling $31,810 to be mounted on 2013 Western Star Chassis not exceeding a total price of $113,801. Fusner seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed.


Maniaci stated he received a bid to trade in the truck for $5,000. Maniaci, Fusner, and Hittle rejected this bid.


Fusner asked about a dry hydrant on Friendly Hills from Mark Brown. Maniaci stated he would ask him about this.


Maniaci stated that the no outlet sign on Aaron Place was missing and we replaced.


Maniaci stated he noticed that the sign where Gorsuch meets McCasslin was gone and also needs replaced.


Fusner stated we are going to need to do something about Welch Road. Maniaci stated with this last 2.5 mile run on McCasslin, we could get a second tank and finish McCasslin, go over to Welch and Fawn. Maniaci would check with Gary on this and try to buy some additional time to get Welch ready.


Mr. Dunfee asked about Stagecoach. Fusner stated we can't get any property now. Maniaci stated he spoke with Becky Vansickle and her position was that the trees were cut down on her side and the gentleman on other side planted trees which is now slowly pushing the road over to her side. Maniaci stated that the county engineer surveyed it and said they couldn't find a center line and we need to get lease agreements for us to do anything with it now.


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






                          Jason T. Baughman, FISCAL OFFICER