Muskingum Township
Muskingum County, Ohio

July 2013 Regular Meeting




July 11, 2013


PURPOSE OF MEETING: Regular Meeting.


OPENING: The Muskingum Township Trustees met in regular session on July 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fire Building.  All trustees and fiscal officer were present.  There were 3 residents present and 7 Falls Township Fire Department members including Chief Mark Brown.


The regular minutes were read and approved.


Checks were approved and signed for payment.


Maniaci opened the meeting by provided updates on Falls run reports.


Maniaci stated Falls Fire Department has been in a process of changing systems therefore monthly run times were delayed and unavailable at the time of the prior months meetings.  Falls was present and presented updated run reports to the trustees.


Maniaci read the fire report for April:

3 Fire Emergency                   ART(avg. response time)                   7:29 minutes

2 Non Emergency                   ART                                                    8:00 minutes

17 EMS runs                           ART                                                    7:23 minutes


Maniaci read the fire report for May:

4 Fire Emergency                   ART(avg. response time)                   8:55 minutes

1 Non Emergency                   ART                                                    2:00 minutes

11 EMS runs                           ART                                                    8:40 minutes


Maniaci read the fire report for June:

8 Fire Emergency                   ART(avg. response time)                   unavailable

0 Non Emergency                   ART                                                    0:00 minutes

11 EMS runs                           ART                                                    unavailable                


Maniaci introduced Falls Township Fire Department and Chief Mark Brown. Chief Mark Brown and the Falls Township Volunteer Fire Department Inc. formally requested the Muskingum Township Trustees to place on the November ballet a New Additional 2.5 mill levy to be used for operations, replacement of fire, personnel, medical equipment and services and updating and or building of new fire stations.


Chief Mark Brown presented and identified the following issues and support for the necessity of the requested 2.5 mill levy on the November 2013 ballot for both Falls and Muskingum Township:


-Falls Fire Dept. is projecting a $3 million downfall/shortfall in budget and funds over the next three years due to funding cuts and mandatory equipment upgrades and replacements due to federal standard mandates and phase-outs.

-Falls Fire Dept. is one department covering both Falls and Muskingum Township including a "mutual aid contract" serving the entire county.

-Falls Fire Dept. has seen run number tripled and is projected to do over 1900 calls this year alone and indicated that Fire Districts are eminent.

-Falls Fire Dept. has 3 vehicles in need of replacing. The Tower Truck replacement alone is approx. $1.2 million and a Tanker Truck engine replacement approx. $225K.

-Falls Fire Dept. indicated that the days of 100% volunteer are over and is proposing to staff 2 full-time at Muskingum Township Fire Dept. and 2 full-time at Falls Township, 24 hours per day. Staffing Muskingum Township alone would be approx. $210K.


-The proposed levy at Falls and Muskingum Township would be a $2.5 mill increase. For example, the tax of a homeowner with approximately $200K home value would be $230 per year. For the 3 stations round clock is equivalent to about .63 cents per day.

- Chief Brown stated Falls payroll alone $365K. "Squad Billing" is not enough to cover the staffing as Falls doesn't collect call like other providers like Community and only collect what insurance covers. Currently Paramedics makes $10 p/hr and Chief Brown $9 p/hr.

-Chief Brown indicated other equipment needing replaced: 25 radios at $5K each to meet federal standards, 3 Heart monitors approx. $100K, and 51 air packs at $5K each to meet federal standards mandates.

-The two township levy's will be beneficial, however may not completely eliminate need for financing but can definitely help with reducing debt service terms such as 7 year vs. 5 years.

-Falls Township has already adopted the levy resolution and on file with County Auditor and been provided a program to calculate the tax impact to the homeowner.


Hittle stated support for Falls and the necessity of this levy in both Falls and Muskingum Township.


Maniaci re-iterated that if both levies pass there will be FT employees provided at both townships. If only one levy passes and the other doesn't what will happen?  Chief Brown stated both levy's need to pass for this to work and if not it would come down to the final numbers.


Mrs. Cohagen thanked Falls Township for their service and stated existing tax levy has been money well spent and offered her support and any assistance needed with the support of this additional levy.


Maniaci presented and read the resolution for adoption (see attached in its entirely) The Board of Township Trustees of Muskingum Township, Muskingum County, Ohio met in regular session on July 11, 2013, at the office of the township, with the following members present: Michael G. Maniaci, Steve Fusner, Matt Hittle.


Mr. Maniaci moved the adoption of the resolution declaring the necessity to levy a tax in excess of the ten-mill limitation, RC 5705.19, RC 5705.191, RC 5705.25, RC 5705.26 for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire and medical equipment, personnel and services.


Mr. Hittle seconded the resolution and the roll being called upon its adoption, the vote resulted as follows:

Michael G. Maniaci    ayed

Steve Fusner               ayed

Matt Hittle                  ayed


Adopted the 11th day of July, 2013.


Jason T. Baughman, Fiscal Officer of Muskingum Township, certified the foregoing is taken and copied from the record of the proceedings of said Township. The Fiscal Officer is directed to certify a copy of this resolution to the County Auditor of Muskingum County requesting that the County Auditor certify this Board the total current tax valuation of Muskingum Township and the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated annually by the two and five-tenths (2.5) mill levy.


Maniaci opened for additional old business.


Maniaci opened for comments regarding the walking trail. Fusner stated that Curtis indicated there is not enough space to take our mowers on the trail. Fusner re-iterated that he opposed using our budget on the trail. Mrs. Cohagen opposed using the township budget on the trail. Maniaci indicated the trail could be beneficial to the township and residents. Maniaci re-iterated that the trustees, if not all in agreement, would not approve the walking trail maintenance request.


Maniaci provided update on patching of roads in preparation for chip-seal. We have 3 or 4 more days of patching left before chip-seal.


Maniaci asked about status of Whit Court and county engineer estimate. Hittle stated that Doug Davis sent a text indicating the estimate to be a total of $92,000 and will email a PDF file of the estimate. Hittle stated he is yet to receive the file from Doug Davis. Trustees re-iterated that over 50% of the residents of Whit Court would have to pass a petition to proceed.


Maniaci asked about status of Mrs. Jenkins fence issue. Hittle stated that he provided a list of fence companies and landowners to Mr. Jenkins and hasn't heard anything else to-date.


Maniaci provided follow-up on Mr. Mattingly's letter regarding retirement buy-out presented to trustees. Maniaci went on record, with all trustees in agreement, not to approve Mr. Mattingly's retirement buy-out.


Mrs. Cohagen asked about the status of the township signs on the township vehicles. Maniaci stated the decals have not been added but will have on the trucks by the next regular meeting.


Mrs. Cohagen asked for an update on using the township as shelter facility. Maniaci stated that the Red Cross has approved the building and the Fire Department installed fire alarms. We are waiting on the Red Cross to complete the certification paper work. Maniaci indicated he would follow-up.


Maniaci opened for new business.


Fusner gave an update on the Ohio Township Association meeting he attended. Fusner indicated topics addressed included local government cuts, consolidation of local township associations, risk consultation, safety training, and available grants.


Mrs. Cohagen asked about the property located across from Dollar General at 6415 State Route 60 in need of mowing. Maniaci stated trustees would follow-up on it.


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



                                                             Jason T. Baughman, CPA, Fiscal Officer