Muskingum Township
Muskingum County, Ohio

June 2011 minutes





DATE: June 2, 2011


PURPOSE OF MEETING: Regular meeting.


OPENING: The Muskingum Township Trustees met in regular session on June 2, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fire Building.  All trustees and fiscal officer were present.


The minutes of the May 5, 2011 meeting were read and approved.

Checks were approved and signed for payment.


Jerry Miller gave fiscal officer, Jerri Newell a copy of the resolution to participate in the rock salt purchase with the Ohio Department of Transportation that he faxed and was discussed at the last township meeting.


Steve Fusner wanted to reiterate 6160 drainage issue.  Gentleman did have the state board of health and the county health department there and they are unable to determine where the water is coming from.  He was able to find a 6” corrugated pipe but not sure who put it there, where it goes or where it comes from.


Fusner also said the gentleman filled in the culvert on Welsh Road which was causing water to back up in the ditch alongside the road.  Maniaci had a map dated 1976 from county engineers office that clearly shows where all the ditches were going through the field.  Mike spoke with Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and was advised that we are well within our rights to open that ditch back up and could ask the gentleman to take care of it within 5 days and if he doesn’t agree then we have the right to do the work and then assess the landowner for cost. Or we could work out a deal with landowner.  Trustees have not scheduled a meeting with landowner, but will soon.


The Fire Levy Committee has drawn up a fact sheet for the fire levy renewal and was passed out to everyone at the meeting.  States why we should renew the levy, what it is going to cost residents and what it is currently costing now.  Maniaci stated that no matter what people’s feelings are about the fire departments and which ones are doing what, we really need the levy to take care of fire coverage in this area.


Maniaci asked Lynn Sellars a question if she was happy with the response to her son who had an incident on the farm and that the fire department responded fairly quickly and he actually timed the whole thing.  Maniaci said he was quite pleased with his response and asked if Sellars was.  She stated, when she called 9-1-1 before this all ever started she had her own department there in 5 minutes at her house, Falls there in 8 minutes and Community there in 20 minutes,.  All three of them.  So the question was she still wants the fire department back.  Maniaci said the question is, were you happy with the response time and care that your son received?  Sellars advised she wasn’t there so she didn’t see.  Rob Sellars advised Fusner that he didn’t think it was a good thing when the fire department was abolished, but now that he has used it, he feels it is the best thing that we could’ve done and he will support the trustees 100%, that he was very very satisfied and very happy.


Miller read the fire report submitted by Falls Township Fire Department:

          13 EMS runs for ART (avg response time)    7:49 minutes

          1 OTHER ART                           7:50 minutes

          1 AUTO ACCIDENT                       7:15 minutes


Paperwork was also submitted from Falls Fire Dept to the trustees in regards to the 1988 Chevy truck mini pumper.  In order to get this truck up to ISO standards, there are a lot of mechanical issues, strainer is missing so rock and sand are in the tank. The Chief believes the trucks expenses would exceed its value and feels it should be bid out.  Maniaci asked that they table this issue until the next meeting and they have time to try to get the worth of the truck.  All trustees agreed.


Maniaci said he had a call from a resident on Jones Road in regards to the excessive dust.   And also the high grass on Chloe Lane and Jones Road.  The grass has been mowed and Miller advised that salt brine has been spread on Jones today.


Mike Maniaci has talked with Sidwells in regards to using their machine that lays a type of chip & seal and wanted to bring it up to the other trustees.  He will get a price on this.


Maniaci also advised he has figured up an amount to use for paving and chip and seal for this year would be approximately $240,000.  There is also $21,000 set aside with the county that can be used for paving.  Miller advised it will take about $70,000 to chip seal.


All trustees met on Dutch School Road with Century Link in regards to burying a fiber optic line.  Trustees signed the resolution permitting Century Link to bore and Jerri Newell will mail signed paperwork to Century Link.  Mike Maniaci made the motion to accept this resolution, seconded by Jerry Miller.  All ayed.


Fusner spoke with Mrs. Mox who lives at the end of Frame Road in regards to where the school bus turns around it has made ruts and dips around her driveway area.  Fusner said he will call the school bus garage to have them deliver gravel as they.


Waste Management submitted a service contract for the next year.  Trustees will wait until the next meeting before a decision is made to see if we really need this big dumpster or can we get by with a smaller unit and possibly get some competitive rates.


Miller wanted to add a letter in regards to the public records request that Lynn Sellars had recently made.  Stating that the fire reports/run sheets/ average response times she had previously requested is what we can accurately find, but cannot be considered as an accurate account of the fire and EMS runs in Muskingum Township.  In order to obtain an accurate account of these runs she will need to obtain that information from the proper authorities that retain this type of information.  None of the reports that Muskingum Township has in their possession have been verified so they cannot be considered accurate.



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






                          JERRI A NEWELL, FISCAL OFFICER