Muskingum Township
Muskingum County, Ohio

March 2011 minutes





DATE: March 3, 2011


PURPOSE OF MEETING: Regular meeting.


OPENING: The Muskingum Township Trustees met in regular session on March 3, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fire Building.  All trustees and fiscal officer were present.


The minutes of the February 3, 2011 meeting were read and approved.

Checks were approved and signed for payment.


Lynn Sellars objected to her name being slandered in print and would like it taken out along with the untruths that go along with slandering her name.  And if the trustees chose not to take it out she wants it in the records that they willing slandered her name in print with untruths.  Mike Maniaci advised Mrs. Sellars that the Fiscal Officer was just recording the minutes as they were spoken at the meeting and that neither the fiscal officer nor the trustees were slandering her name.  He informed her that we have a duty to record what goes on in this meeting accurately.  Maniaci advised her that we can put into these minutes tonight that she objects to being slandered but we cannot take them out of the minutes.  Because that was a part of what happened at that meeting and it has to be recorded.  We cannot take things out of the minutes just because we don’t like them.  Mrs. Sellars that she objects again to her name being slandered and the untruths and that she did not tell people lies.


Thelma Cohagen asked Lynn Sellars to define where she was being slandered?  Lynn advised her it was right there in the paper that there were a lot of mis-truths. 


Jerry Miller advised that the inventory sheet has been submitted to Doug Davis.  The miles of road our township is maintaining last year was 46.303 and this year it has went up to 47.175 miles.  There were five roads that weren’t included before.  The cul-de-sacs were but the roads within the cul-de-sacs were not.  Maniaci made the motion to accept the road miles.  Miller seconded.  All ayed. 


Jerry Miller presented a letter received from Century Bank addressed to Harold Newell, PO Box 1206, which had been returned to the bank because of an undeliverable address.  This letter was in regards to securities covered through FDIC.  Along with this paperwork it indicated that the Fire Department’s checking account was closed January 25, 2011.  A certificate summary closed on October 12, 2010 and two debit cards was closed which didn’t have a date. 


Maniaci brought up the issues of the cars parked in the roads.  The lady living at Eric-Adam Road was told by the realtor when she bought the house that she could park in the street.  She advised that they are planning to expand their current driveway and won’t be a problem in the future.  Also advised he had spoke with the residents on North Edinburg in regards to their camper being parked on the road.  Maniaci informed her that as long as that camper is parked on the roadway, they cannot plow that road.  She informed him that was fine, because they pay someone to plow that road.  Maniaci advised that this is the only house on this road.

Mike Maniaci advised that he is in the process to get a snow emergency policy in place but he doesn’t have it prepared at this time.


Maniaci also visited Mr. Vandenbarks house and showed him paperwork where the road was vacated and closed.  And further advised him that his fight is no longer with the trustees, but with the County Commissioners.  In 1931 trustees did sign to keep it vacated. 


Jerry Miller stated that one of the comments brought up in the previous meeting was that our equipment had been given away to Falls.  He wanted everyone to know that he has copies of all truck titles which still show they are titled to Muskingum Township.  And that none of the equipment has been transferred over into Falls Townships name.


Steve Fusner stated he has received numerous phone calls recently in regards to a petition circulator telling them that they did not have a fire department down here and there was no fire equipment here.  These residents were misled.  We do have a fire department and we do have our equipment still here in this building.  Residences claim they were also told that it’s a 3 minute rule before Falls Township will even run.  Which is totally bogus.  As soon as the 9-1-1 call goes out, Falls rolls.  There is nothing to do with any 3 minute rule that this petitioner is telling residents. Fusner said there is a lot of bogus things being said that are not true and the trustees are going to get to the bottom of it.  We will get statements from these residents and proceed with what they have to do.


Maniaci submitted a street sign inventory sheet of the road signs our township is responsible for.  Trustees will work to get a plan together to have all these signs reflective on the bottom parts.  Thelma Cohagen and Vi Kovaleski have volunteered as Senior citizens to ride in an SUV, as the rule calls for, to check these signs. 


Maniaci presented a resolution for Muskingum Township residents to apply for a permit to install a driveway culvert or make any excavation in a township right of way. Permits may be found on the Muskingum County Engineers website or   obtained at the Muskingum County Engineers office.  There will be no charge for such application.  Permits must be approved by the Muskingum Township Trustees before work can begin except that in the case of an emergency requiring immediate action to protect the public, health, safety, and welfare an excavation may be made first without first obtaining a permit if an application is made at the earliest possible opportunity.  This resolution will go into effect March 3, 2011.  Miller thought there should be added to this resolution that we have in place where residents pay for the culvert and we install the culvert for them.  Our township is able to purchase culvert cheaper than an individual would be able to, so then residents would then reimburse the township. 


Maniaci said we would amend the above resolution to read culvert payment is to be provided by the resident and can be purchased through the township at a discount.  The township will install such driveway culverts that are purchased through the township at no charge.  Maniaci will type up an updated resolution and present it at the next meeting. 

Fusner ayed.  Maniaci ayed.  Miller ayed.

Miller stated he will post this application on our website.


Miller presented the fire report from Falls Township.

     10 runs   9 of those were EMS runs-average 8.41 minutes

Jerry Miller also had a list of equipment that Falls added to the fire trucks to bring them up to standards.  A total of 25 items.  Approximately $40,000 in addition to the $21,916.00 previously spent to get the pumps fixed so they could pump water.


Miller wanted to discuss the chip and seal.  County has done it for us the last two years and are able to do it again this year.  It is cheaper for us to use the county but wants to bid out the stone and haul rate.  Trustees want to bid out pea gravel and limestone and the haul rate for chip and sealing approximately 11 miles of road. Miller made the motion.  Maniaci seconded.  All ayed.  Bids will be opened at the next meeting and advertised in the paper once a week for two weeks.    A list of roads must be provided to the County Engineers office by April 15.  Jerry Miller will provide Jerri Newell with specs for the paper.  Miller also advised that there is an issue 1 grant money that we can use.  We banked it last year and what we have available to use this year is $21,000.  Miller would like to use that money to go towards the chip and seal. All trustees agreed. 


Jerry Miller wanted to know what roads to black top this year.  Trustees thought possibly Wilson Lane and come down Gorsuch Road. 


Curtis Salmons mentioned a tree on Prior Road, Eric Wasson’s property that hangs out over the road.  Several people are concerned it may fall.  Mr. Wasson said he will check it out.  Miller said we would help them cut it down, take the backhoe over and help them pull it out of the road.     


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






                          JERRI A NEWELL, FISCAL OFFICER