Muskingum Township
Muskingum County, Ohio




June 6, 2013


PURPOSE OF MEETING: Regular Meeting.


OPENING: The Muskingum Township Trustees met in regular session on June 6, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fire Building.  All trustees and fiscal officer were present.  There were 2 residents present.


The regular minutes were read and approved.


Checks were approved and signed for payment.

Baughman stated final payment was made on back-hoe loan and we received the final Ohio portion of the FEMA grant to go along with the Federal portion we received back March.


Maniaci opened for old business.


Maniaci reiterated to Mr. Vanderbark that township trustees cannot do anything in regards to opening or closing of roads. The county commissioners have this authority. The township would only maintain the roads once the county engineer certifies the road is brought up to specifications and when the county commissioners turn over the road to the township to maintain. Maniaci recommended that Mr. Vanderbark address this with the county commissioner.


Maniaci provided an update on the meeting with Drake Prouty regarding the maintenance of the 2 mile stretch of walking trail in our township. Maniaci indicated that the trail definitely needs some assistance with mowing with our side-arm mowers. Maniaci stated approximately two times per year and upon the request when needed. Maniaci stated he was in favor of assisting with maintenance of the walking trail. Fusner stated, although not opposed to helping out with the trail, he feels any maintenance on this trail should be done after our township mowing and other work is complete and has issues with paying our own employees to mow the trail when we already contract to pay for mowing of our own cemeteries and township hall.


Mr. Vanderbark stated that he also did not agree with the township mowing the trail in addition to the mowing of our township roads.


Hittle stated that it would be nice to help out since they don't have the right equipment needed and would be nice to have a well maintained trail for the township, however at this point we should table the discussion until the trustees can investigate all that would entail with maintenance of the trail. Fusner stated we should walk the trail to see what we would actually be getting into. Maniaci stated that Drake Prouty indicated that they get a volunteer work committee together 2 or 3 times per year to perform some maintenance on the trail. The township would only be asked as a back-up. The trustees agreed to table this until further information is obtained.


Maniaci indicated that he met with Zach Helms in Cambridge and went over some roads that were micro-sealed. They looked at some subdivisions and long stretches of roads. Maniaci stated that he was impressed with the roads that were micro-sealed and the roads were smoother with a look and feel of "skid resistant."  Maniaci stated that Mr. Helms will schedule a time to come down to our township to drive and look at some of our roads and give his opinion and some estimates.


Maniaci stated that he stopped in to see Doug Davis regarding Whit Court. Doug was not in at the time but Matt Russell was to relay the message to Doug about getting over to Whit Court to estimate this project before our next meeting.


Maniaci followed-up with the culvert on Gorsuch Road. The culvert is bad and in need of replacing.


Maniaci asked about Mrs. Jenkins fence issue. Hittle stated he had not heard anything more from Mrs. Jenkins to-date.  Hittle stated that the first step in the process would be for the two residents to try to rectify the issue amongst themselves. Maniaci stated that his interpretation of the code is that the resident has a lot to do first such as addressing with residents first, there would be a 10 day viewing notice, court sessions, involve resident hiring a recorder, and contact all the residents with property touching the property in question just to name a few. In the end, not all cost of addressing the fence issue would be equal among parties involved and after all of this is done there would be a 60 day arbitration period.


Maniaci opened for new business.


Mr. Charles Mattingly indicated he would be turning 60 and was looking into the OPERS options regarding retiring and service credit buy-out options. Mr. Mattingly presented letter to the trustees and fiscal officer regarding OPERS retirement options to consider. Maniaci stated that we would take his letter under advisement and look into the OPERS service credit and retirement options that are currently available.


Maniaci stated that the fire run reports for May were not available at the time of the meeting and would report at the next regularly scheduled meeting.


Fusner stated he spoke with a contractor for Chris Luthi on Gorsuch road regarding a garage he was building for a guy on Gorsuch road that was needing a culvert and catch basin installed. Fusner stated that after the aforementioned catch basin and culvert on the Gorsuch property is fixed the township would put the drive way culvert in.


Hittle stated and wanted to address in the minutes that he and Maniaci went to Mrs. Sellers residence to understand and for her to show them what had happened involving the emergency call to her residence for her husband. Hittle and Maniaci stated that they have been addressed to what had occurred and understand Mrs. Sellers concerns and will make sure that the Falls Fire/EMS will use this situation as reference and for future training opportunities.


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




                                                             Jason T. Baughman, CPA, Fiscal Officer