Muskingum Township
Muskingum County, Ohio





November 7, 2013


PURPOSE OF MEETING: Regular Meeting.


OPENING: The Muskingum Township Trustees met in regular session on November 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fire Building.  All trustees and fiscal officer were present.  There were 9 residents present.


The October regular minutes were read approved. Hittle motioned to approve minutes. Fusner seconded. Maniaci ayed.


Checks were approved and signed for payment.


Fiscal Officer presented the following resolution for Trustees approval.


Resolution #11-7-2013, Realign Appropriations

Upon the recommendation of the Fiscal Officer, The board of Trustees of Muskingum Township finds it necessary to realign the following appropriation from one account to another within the same fund per ORC 5705.14 and 5705.16.


Line Item                                                        Increase (Decrease)               Amount

General Fund - Other Expenses                     Decrease                                 ($1,200)

General Fund – Telephone Expenses             Increase                                   $1,200

Road & Bridge – Contract Service                Decrease                                 ($4,650.37)

Road & Bridge – Principle                             Increase                                   $4,336.22

Road & Bridge - Interest                                Increase                                   $314.15

Fire Fund - Operating Supplies                      Decrease                                 ($24,528.87)

Fire Fund - Other Expenses                            Decrease                                 ($15,471.13)

Fire Fund - Contract Services                        Increase                                   $40,000.00


Maniaci motioned to adopt resolution, Hittle seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed.


Fiscal officer presented “then-and-now” appropriation to allocate principle and interest on final loan payment on the Backhoe for $4,650.37. The “then-and-now” appropriation certifies the “then” availability of funds at the time of the 3-7-2013 appropriation. Maniaci made motion to accept “then-and-now” appropriation #3-2013. Fusner seconded. Roll call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed


Maniaci opened for old business.

Mr. Dunfee from Licking Township addressed the difference in payment from what Matt Russell at the county engineers office calculated for chip-seal of .03 tenths of a mile for Vanderbark Drive. Maniaci stated we paid the $330 from what Matt Russell had calculated for us to pay. Mr. Dunfee stated they put on .04 tenths. Maniaci told Mr. Dunfee to send us an invoice.


Maniaci opened for new business.

Maniaci stated Oakwood North has been paved and we need to send this to the county to begin assessment of tax.


Maniaci stated that the patching of roads from Birkheimer would begin Wednesday of next week. Maniaci stated that for an additional $1,000 they would patch over in front of Jacks Fairway, Williamsburg Square and that Mr. Evan Atkinson stated he would cover this cost.


Maniaci stated that he wasn’t able to get in contact with the homeowner on Dresden Road, however the property has been mowed and cleaned up since the last meeting.


Maniaci stated that he spoke with Brad Stubbins regarding Eaglepoint properties and gave him an estimate for the mowing and Brad stated it was too much money. Brad stated he would have to get with Shirley McCollister to get these properties mowed. Maniaci indicated that he hasn’t heard back from Brad and nothing has been done to-date. 


Mrs. Cohagen asked if there was something in the ORC that addresses this and would allow us to take care of the mowing for these properties. Maniaci stated we would have to first send them a letter addressing the properties in need of mowing. Maniaci stated he is waiting to hear back from Brad Stubbins and Shirley McCollister before proceeding with the letters.


Maniaci stated he has no information to report about on the property on Route 60 to-date.


Maniaci presented the following Fire and EMS run reports:


October                       11 EMS runs               A.R.T. 8.21 minutes                                                              

                                    3 Fire run                    A.R.T. (unable to determine from report)


Maniaci stated he received a phone call from a lady on Shannon Valley Road regarding a propane tank on a right away. Maniaci spoke with Doug Davis and this is a county issue and not a township road.


Fusner stated he received letter from OTARMA regarding risk management. Fusner stated that based on the recommendations and forms provided by OTARMA we haven't identified any issues that would require us to update the forms they provided.


Fusner stated he received a letter from Shirley Wood thanking the trustees for all the mowing, cleaning of ditches and roads that has been done.


Maniaci made motion to continue to extend our policy of providing insurance benefits and reimbursement for the township employees and officers if they choose to participate. Fusner seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed.


Maniaci stated that before we adjourn, he would like to thank Steve Fusner and present a cake to him as Steve will be retiring at the end of November after 24 years of service as trustee.


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



                                                             Jason T. Baughman, CPA, Fiscal Officer