Muskingum Township
Muskingum County, Ohio

October 2013 Regular Meeting




October 3, 2013


PURPOSE OF MEETING: Regular Meeting.


OPENING: The Muskingum Township Trustees met in regular session on October 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fire Building.  All trustees and fiscal officer were present.  There were 4 residents present.


The September regular minutes were read approved.


Checks were approved and signed for payment.


Maniaci opened for old business.


Mrs. Cohagen asked for follow-up on Northcrest Drive Culvert.

Maniaci stated he spoke with Jason Thomas. Jason Thomas stated that Heritage Court(Oakwood North 3) was going to be paved in October. As for taking a dozer and cleaning out the ditch causing the water issues he would rather not. Maniaci indicated if the water issue is a danger to our roads, we (township) can go in and fix it. Mr. Thomas was in agreement to sign off allowing us to come in and clean-up the ditches causing the water issues.


Mrs. Cohagen asked for follow-up on Babbs Road Culvert.

Maniaci indicated after talking with Doug Davis, Davis stated that when you change a culvert you change the top and not the bottom. Mr. Helbling's ditch is a mess and needs cleaned out and once Mr. Helbling's ditch is cleaned the water should run out with no issues at all.


Mrs. Cohagen asked if there was some legal way for us to go into Mr. Helbling's property to clean out the ditch since the surface water creates a health hazard and prohibits us from maintaining. Fusner indicated the ditch from the trailer park from Crestmont to Creamery also may be contributing to the problem. Maniaci stated that since Mr. Helbling has issues with the county commissioners, which may or may not bring in EPA, Maniaci indicated that because the water issues involving Mr. Helbling's property does not affect our roads, I won't subject the township and tax dollars to another lawsuit. If we can help we will spend a little time and money where we can. 


Mrs. Cohagen asked for follow-up on Eaglepoint Drive mowing. Maniaci indicated that we mowed what we could mow what we could mow.


Mrs. Cohagen asked for follow-up on property on Rt. 60. Fusner indicated that the property is in foreclosure and after talking with Bud Chess, he says to stay out of it when dealing with foreclosed properties. Maniaci indicated, excluding foreclosures, legally the property only needs to be mowed two times per year minimum. The owner of the property, Ms. Charlotte Fuldon, is deceased and the property may be in an estate or in probate court.


Fusner updated status on the $500 safety grant. Fusner discussed signs and uniforms to order so we could take advantage of the safety grant.


Hittle provided update on Ms. Jenkins fence issue located on Gorsuch Road. Hittle spoke with Ms. Jenkins and ran into Mr. Shirer and indicated that by the time Hittle left his discussion with Mr. Shirer, they were working on a potential splitting of the cost between the two. Maniaci and Hittle indicated that they would look at the law regarding line fencing again.


Hittle indicated he spoke with Mrs. Drumell requested a new culvert.


Baughman inquired about progress on Dresden Road property. Trustees looked at it but nothing has been done to-date.


Maniaci opened for new business.


Mrs. Violet Kovaleski indicated that she has lived in Muskingum Township since 1950 and is moving out of the township. She wanted to thank the trustees for all of their work since she has resided in Muskingum Township and will cast her ballot one last time for our township this November before she leaves.


Maniaci indicated that he received estimates for asphalt patching since it is too big for Charlie and Curtis to take care of. One estimate from Birkheimer/Jan Crawmer for $12,925 and one from Neff Paving for $16,000. Maniaci made motion to accept estimate from Birkheimer/Jan Crawmer for $12,925 for asphalt patch work. Fusner seconded. Roll Call: Maniaci ayed, Fusner ayed, Hittle ayed.


Maniaci presented the following Fire and EMS run reports:


September                   17 EMS runs               A.R.T. 7.00 minutes                                                              

                                    2 Fire run                    A.R.T. 5:16 minutes


Fusner inquired since Mr. Ron Thomas is paving the section of Oakwood 3 what the cost would be to do the section from the apartments to the park where the tennis courts are to the cross-over and if Ron would do this also. Maniaci would speak with Mr. Thomas.


Hittle indicated that he spoke with the resident on Saad Court about decision not to pave this year and would discuss next year when it comes time to decide on roads to pave.


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



                                                             Jason T. Baughman, CPA, Fiscal Officer