Muskingum Township
Muskingum County, Ohio







December 6, 2012


PURPOSE OF MEETING: Regular Meeting.


OPENING: The Muskingum Township Trustees met in regular session on December 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fire Building.  All trustees and fiscal officer were present.  There were 4 residents present.


The minutes were read and approved.


Checks were approved and signed for payment.


Fiscal officer presented a payment to Falls Township Fire Department for trustee approval. Maniaci made motion to approve payment of $10,000 to Falls Township Fire Department to comply with our contract. Hittle seconded. Roll call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed.


Fiscal officer presented appropriation for approval to pay the loan payment on the back-hoe from road and bridge fund. Maniaci made motion to approve appropriation to pay loan payment on back-hoe. Fusner seconded. Roll call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed.


Fiscal officer presented “then-and-now” appropriation for approval for the first payment on the new Kinstle Sterling truck. The “then-and-now” appropriation certifies the “then” availability of funds at the time of the 7-5-2012(a) (b) (c) resolutions to purchase new Kinstle Sterling truck. Maniaci made motion to accept “then-and-now” appropriation #1-2012. Fusner seconded. Roll call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed.


Maniaci opened for old business.


Mrs. Sellars asked clarification of the minutes read pertaining to zoning and hiring an attorney. Maniaci stated that the attorney was not for zoning and was only hired one-time in order to issue an opinion required by Mercedes Benz financing of the new Kinstle Sterling truck.


Fusner stated he spoke with Doug Davis regarding St. Mary’s drive culvert. The trustees will meet with Doug Davis at beginning of next year to finalize plans for the culvert.


Fusner stated he spoke with Matt Russell about a cost for the chip-seal for Vandenbark Drive that Licking Township did for us. The total was about 4 tenths of a mile approximately $330.


Baughman gave an update on the FEMA Grant. The grant application was finalized and submitted as of November 6, 2012 for $3,983.12.


Baughman stated that the 2010 and 2011 Muskingum Township financial audit has been finalized and released by the Auditor of State of Ohio on November 9, 2012 and is available for inspection at


Maniaci stated Jeff Cashman from Wicert Insurance was unable to attend meeting this evening and read an email received from Mr. Cashman which reiterates previous discussions about deciding on a broker to manage our healthcare cost and basically they receive the same carrier quotes as the ones we have already received.


Baughman stated that he met Jared Dosch and again with Todd Johnson to discuss health insurance cost. There is significant savings available by incorporating a (HRA) Health Reimbursement account or (HAS) Health Saving Account option. Fusner stated he had also spoke with Todd earlier about changes to health insurance. Todd Johnson did however indicate that first of the year changes could be delayed due to the high volume of open-enrollment processing by the carriers. Todd also indicated that with the new health care law headed our way any changes made now may need to be changed again by the end of 2013.  There is significant savings available, however this depends on implementing the aforementioned changes and impending health care law changes coming in 2013.


Maniaci asked about any new updates on zoning. Fusner stated nothing at this time and is waiting on return call from John Congolosse, the OSU extension Land Use Team Coordinator, and a David Bibipplo from Medina County OSU extension office.


Maniaci stated the new truck is being completed and painted and should have next week.


Maniaci opened for new business.


Maniaci read the fire report for October:

2 Fire Emergency       ART (avg. response time)      8:51 minutes

0 Non Emergency       ART                                        0:00 minutes

12 EMS runs               ART                                        9:23 minutes


Maniaci read the fire report for November:

2 Fire Emergency       ART (avg. response time)      4:30 minutes

1 Non Emergency       ART                                        7:00 minutes

15 EMS runs               ART                                        8:32 minutes


Fusner read a thank you card received from Shirly and Darrell Woods to the trustees for a job well done on the chip-seal roads this year.


Fusner state he spoke with Chippy Vanderbark. Mr. Vanderbark was concerned about how and if the fire department would be able to access his house due to the recent train derailment near his property.


Fusner stated that he and Curtis discussed the need to trim some overhanging trees on McCoach Road.


Fusner stated there was a culvert on 8037 Cranberry needing replaced. Maniaci stated he thought that the Township would replace the one at the bus turnaround and the landowner would replace the other one. Hittle stated that it is up to our discretion and case by case if it affects our roads and culverts.


Baughman presented a letter from State of Ohio regarding the annual renewal of liquor permits by vendors in our township. If we object to this requirement and wish to have a hearing we need to make a resolution. Maniaci made a motion not to object to the State requirement, defined under O.R.C 4303.271(b), for the annual renewal of liquor licenses by vendors located within our township. Hittle seconded. Roll call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed.     


Baughman presented and stated he filed the required Annual Notice of Exemption from Continuing Education Requirements Pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code 135.22, as required by Fiscal Officer’s.


Baughman asked trustees if they were aware of any current contracts or terms with Time Warner or ATT before he contacts them to discuss and negotiate contract renewals. Trustees stated previous fiscal officer would have negotiated our current contracts.


Baughman asked trustees if there is a meter on our diesel fuel tank to monitor and compare against our invoice from Co-Alliance as they replenish the tank monthly. Maniaci will discuss with Curtis on process to monitor this so we can compare with our monthly invoicing.


Hittle stated we need to decide the monthly meeting sign panels to install on the township sign at the front entrance. Hittle made motion to approve the signs not to exceed $300. Maniaci seconded. Roll call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed.


Maniaci stated he spoke with Mark Brown about available grants for a generator. Mark stated he was not able to locate any grants for such purchase at this time.


Maniaci stated we need to schedule our year-end and re-organization meeting. The trustees agreed to schedule this meeting Thursday December 27th at 7pm.


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





                                                             Jason T. Baughman, CPA, Fiscal Officer