Muskingum Township
Muskingum County, Ohio




June 5, 2014



Regular Meeting.



The Muskingum Township Trustees met in regular session June 5, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fire Building. 



Trustees Mike Maniaci, Ed Fell and Fiscal Officer Jason Baughman were in attendance.

There were 5 residents present.



The May 1, 2014 Regular Minutes were read.

Maniaci motioned to approve. Fell second.



Checks were approved and signed for payment.



Maniaci reported Fire & EMS run report for April.

3          Emergency                  Fire Runs        A.R.T. (Avg. Response Time)            5:41

2          Emergency                  EMS                A.R.T. (Avg. Response Time)            9:30

1          Non-Emergency         EMS                A.R.T. (Avg. Response Time)            10:00

1          Non-Emergency         Other               A.R.T. (Avg. Response Time)            8:41    


Maniaci stated the Employee Handbook Policy revisions and copies made. The definition of overtime & call out pay is addressed. Call-Out pay is time and a half with overtime pay paid for hours over 40 hour work week.


Maniaci stated the Fairview Road mailbox has been installed. The policy and resolution for mailbox replacement has not been completed to-date.


Maniaci stated that Hittle spoke with Commissioner Porter regarding the Clooney & Plunkett case for Mr. Schleagel and indicated the case is with the courts since the courts made the ruling.


Maniaci stated there is an issue with a slip in need of repair on Dresden Road due to a bank caving that they are working on and looking for estimates.


Mrs. Cohagen indicated due to the last rains the corner of Jones Road and Rt. 60 has caved even more since mention at the last meeting.


Mrs. Cohagen asked if Hittle had checked on culvert issue in Kenlo Woods. Fell indicated it was a clean out issue and Maniaci stated they would have to ask Hittle when he returns.


Mrs. Cohagen asked if any type of street sweeping agreement had been found regarding Fulton Lane and Schneider Lane. Maniaci indicated there was no agreement as for Fulton Lane. Mr. Jerry Miller stated in the past there was a winter agreement for these roads.


Fell indicated he spoke with sewer department regarding Melody Lane but hasn't heard back and is trying to get something in writing.


Maniaci stated he spoke with the county engineer’s office regarding the passing dotted lines on Fairview and they were not sure when and if solid non-passing lines would be done.



Maniaci stated Fell and Hittle received call about a noise issue on Harper Drive. Per O.R.C. 505.172 the trustees can issue noise control only in the unincorporated areas of township, zoned areas or areas that have been issued a D liquor permit. Our township has none of these therefore there isn’t anything we can do.


Mrs. Cohagen asked how many and how insurance reimbursements were being paid; pre-tax or post-tax. Fiscal Officer Baughman indicated there are 2 on township insurance and he and Maniaci on reimbursement. Baughman indicated Mrs. Cohagen was referring to the Affordable Care Act and IRS notice 2013-54, O.R.C. 505.60 and stated the reimbursements were and have always been handled on a post-tax basis and in accordance with these provisions.


Maniaci introduced Zack Helm from Strauser Construction to discuss a new product called Onyx.

Onyx is a mixture of asphalt emulsion, fine aggregates, and polymers. Onyx is black in color and cost about $13,000 per mile or 1.25 square yard. Strauser is preservation experts in seals such as Micro Seal. Strauser manufactures the emulsion. Micro Seal is more expensive and has a 7 year life vs. Onyx which is a cost effective, low risk alternative that extends chip-seal road life approximately 30%, 3-5 years. Onyx can be applied to both asphalt and chip-seal roads. Approximately 5-6 miles of Onyx cost as much as 1 mile of asphalt. Onyx will hold up to salt, sand and cinders and not affect its life or wear. Onyx is applied on roads 2 sides at a time and has a 1 hour dry time in comparison to a fog seal that has a 23 hour dry time.  Approximately 2-4 miles of Onyx is a typical spec to get the price to $13,000 per mile. Onyx has been in Ohio for about a year and mainly been applied in the Midwest. Mr. Helm indicated that he would be back in Muskingum County to talk more about the product to other local townships and county officials and look at our roads.    


Maniaci reported Fire & EMS run report for May.

2          Emergency                  Fire Runs        A.R.T. (Avg. Response Time)            8:03

30        Emergency                  EMS                A.R.T. (Avg. Response Time)            8:54


Mrs. Cohagen stated that she was disappointed the Fire Levy failed for the second time and lack of push from Falls Fire for the levy and stressed the need for the additional levy and for an emergency shelter for our township. In response to Mrs. Cohagen comments and question by resident in attendance, Maniaci stated we contract with Falls Fire & EMS to guard our township. We get a really great bargain for what we pay. Falls Fire & EMS is independent and not owned or operated by Falls Township. Falls Fire & EMS has 2 stations with 2 full-time staff at both Ritchie and Dillon stations. About 10-15 of our residents are on Falls Fire & EMS roster and with the levy we would have 2 full-time staff at our fire station.


Maniaci discussed roads for chip-seal, asphalt and putting it out for bid again. Maniaci  identified the following roads having 10-11 miles each in need of repairs, chip-seal or asphalt: Squirrel, Dutch School, Stagecoach, Dresden Ct., Tiffany, McCassin, Applo, Harper, Saddlebrook, Virginia, Carolina, Saddlebrook, Tunis, Conn, Fawn, Stonehenge, and Melody Lane.


Maniaci indentified the following roads having 1-2 miles each that would be good crack-seal candidates: Lisa Kim, Chardon, Idlewood, Greens at Vista, and South View.


Maniaci made motion to accept bids for gravel and limestone used for chip-seal with right to accept or reject any and all bids. Fell seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fell ayed.


Maniaci stated that historically the county engineer department consistently beats any bids for chip-seal and made motion to keep the county engineer department for chip-seal of our roads. Fell seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fell ayed.


Fell made motion to accept bids for 2 miles road of crack seal with the right to accept or reject any and all bids. Maniaci seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fell ayed.


Maniaci made motion to accept bids to repair the slip issue on Dresden Road with right to accept or reject any and all bids. Fell seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fell ayed.


Maniaci stated he would talk with the county regarding the chip-seal roads and provide Fiscal Officer Baughman the bid notices and road specification for publication in the times recorder and include on the township website so sealed bids could be submitted and opened at or next regular monthly meeting on July 3rd.


Fell stated he would follow-up with Don Mattingly about the sewer department issue surrounding Melody Lane and sewer issues on Idlewood and Chardon road. Fell stated that the county has fixed the ditch issue on Bellevue.


Maniaci indicated he received a culvert request on Welch Road and would follow-up.


Maniaci indicated he followed up with Hittle about the culvert issue with Harper Road to Virginia Road property and issue of driveway vs. public right-away as designated by the county engineer. Maniaci didn't think the culvert would work and is a landscaping and grade issue. Fell agreed and didn't feel we should pay for since it is not a culvert issue.   


Maniaci moved to adjourn.  Seconded by Fell. 


                                                                                    Jason T. Baughman, CPA, Fiscal Officer