Township Board of Trustees
September 6, 2005
Tuesday, September 6, 2005, the Board of Trustees of Nimishillen
Township met in regular session at
7:00 P.M. at the Nimishillen Township Hall located at 4422
with the following members present:
Trustee President Virginia K. Macdonald, Vice President Todd D. Bosley,
Trustee Russell L. Goffus and Clerk Carlene Harmon.
meeting opened with the pledge of Allegiance.
FIRE DEPARTMENT: (Chief Rich Peterson)
to Accept Firefighter Candidates: Russ Goffus motioned to accept Michelle Epperley
as Firefighter/Paramedic, Jason Laird as Firefighter/Paramedic and Brian Lamm
as Firefighter/EMT seconded by Todd Bosley.
All voted yes. Motion
of $720 to Akron Children’s Hospital: Chief Peterson reported he
received a letter from Akron
Children’s Hospital thanking them for their generous gift of $720. This gift was designated to the Aluminum Cans
for Burned Children Fund to sponsor two children for Burn Camp.
for Assistance to the Gulf States
Disaster: Both FEMA and the Interstate Pact Agreement have requested
assistance. Four from
city, two from Alliance and two from North
Canton have been sent to the Gulf
Coast. Deployment time is a minimum of 30-days up to
120-days and no municipality would be able to send equipment for that duration
when they have to pay and then bill FEMA.
Township will not be
sending anyone at this time. Requests
are being worked out so the duration won’t be as long. FEMA will pay firefighters directly but the
firefighter must be aware of the conditions should they decide to go. Peterson said he is meeting with the
firefighters this evening.
Community Awareness Day: Just a reminder Community Awareness Day is Sunday,
September 11th from1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nimishillen Grange.
Peterson reported he attended a 911 meeting today. There was a lot of discussion with
recommendations to upgrade the current system.
Peterson said he, along with a couple other agencies, objected because
what they are proposing does not fix the problems they have had, i.e. calls
would be going into the Center but they would be directed back out. Peterson said he would support and work
towards whatever would best serve the County, but he does not support
everything they want to do. Peterson
told the Board documentation would follow.
ROAD DEPARTMENT: (Superintendent Kevin Swartz)
for 1-Ton Truck - $570: Kevin reported with winter just around the corner,
six new tires are needed for the 1-Ton at a total cost of $570.00.
on California Avenue: A resident called and
complained about items falling from trucks when they hit the bumps and also
said it was noisy. Discussion was held
on grinding the bumps vs. the road crew cutting, digging and re-patching. The Board agreed to have the bumps ground.
The Board agreed to another 130 feet of 15” pipe ($676.00) and two catch basins
($418.00) for an additional cost of $1,094.00.
Russ Goffus motioned to accept the written Road Report for September 6, 2005
seconded by Virginia Macdonald. All
voted yes. Motion carried. (Copy attached)
ZONING DEPARTMENT: (Zoning Inspector Keith Lasure)
Due to the fact Zoning Inspector, Keith Lasure, was
attending Regional Planning Commission, there was no zoning report for
CONCERNS OF CITIZENS:
Fuller of 5857 Rosedale:
- Questioned about the
donation for the Louisville
Community Balloon Lift-off – said she is not for it and the residents that
she talked to are not for it either.
The Board explained it would be discussed under Concerns of
- Asked for a definition
of Home Rule: Population determines Home Rule. With Home Rule, a law director and a
police department are required, which is one step above
- Asked if the Township
had a curfew – The Trustees said
curfew is from dusk to dawn.
Board of Trustees
Shier of 8710 Easton:
- Asked about the
possibility of having a one-night gathering to meet the candidates. Virginia Macdonald said the Juilliard
Senior Center is sponsoring a Meet the Candidates Forum for the Louisville
area, which will include candidates from
Nimishillen Township. This Forum will be on October 12th
at 7 p.m. at the Louisville
Building at 1022 W. Main St. There will be a Moderator provided by
the League of Women Voters of the Canton
area. Discussion followed.
Phillips of 5363 Lesh:
- Discussion was held on
the repairs needed for road department equipment and also the
project regarding the way things were handled and the cost.
Dietrich of 6095 Easton:
- Commented on the 6-mill
Fire Levy – Chief Peterson explained the 6-mill Fire Levy is a replacement
of the 4-mill Fire Levy. The 4-mill
levy would be rescinded if the 6-mill levy would pass.
Moody of 7018 Pilot Knob:
- Commented he feels the
Reno project was
necessary and stated the Township did a good job.
- Commented Kevin Swartz
is a good Road Superintendent and is doing a good job.
Stehura of 6131 Holderman:
- Arrived late – Asked
about the drainage problem on Holderman.
The Trustees explained the Board approved this project earlier
J. Walden of 6111 Holderman:
- Commented on the
additional 130’ of 15” drainage pipe for Holderman. Trustees told him the Board approved
CONCERNS OF TRUSTEES:
Community Balloon Lift-Off: After much discussion, the Board agreed the
Township would not give a donation.
Virginia Macdonald checked with the
County Prosecutor who
also checked with two attorneys and said they found no specific statutory
authority that would allow the Township to give taxpayer money to the City.
Terri Fidelholtz of 2828 Ravenna:
- Commented on the
donation the Township gave the
Center stating they
provide an ongoing service such as transportation to and from doctor
appointments for all residents. The
balloon fest is a one-time event and does not provide an ongoing
service. Discussion followed.
Avenue Water Line: Todd Bosley stated there are three points holding him back on the
water line and feels if these concerns would be addressed, the water line is
something that could possibly happen. He
said he does not want it to appear the Township is being uncooperative. The three points are:
- There needs to be an
agreement on the process to begin to establish a bridge and a road access
- There should be some
type of meeting with the developer or the people, developer and City to
devise a plan to show the township what type of businesses would go in
- That there be
absolutely no annexation on Beck
Avenue whether it be a plastics company, a
Bosley asked the Board how they felt.
Russ Goffus feels the agreement is something the Township
could ask for and said the Township probably would not receive a plan because
the City of Louisville
doesn’t know what will go in there either.
Mr. Goffus stated he would like to see guarantees that there would be no
transfer stations or junkyards or whatever the Board would decide they do/don’t
want. Mr. Goffus said the City already
agreed to no annexation except for Sherwood and the Township could have them
drop that, too. Much discussion
Mrs. Macdonald will send a letter to the Prosecutor for
an opinion. After receiving an opinion
from the Prosecutor’s Office, a letter would then be sent to the City of
Louisville stating what
the Township would like to see.
Board of Trustees
Macdonald motioned to go into Executive Session at 8:40 p.m. to discuss
employee review for Chief Peterson seconded by Todd Bosley. All voted yes. Motion carried. RES#05-213
Macdonald motioned to come out of Executive Session at 8:55 p.m. seconded by
Russ Goffus. All voted yes. Motion carried. RES#05-214
Goffus stated that after much consideration of the extra duties involved with
the Dispatch Center, he motioned to increase Chief Peterson’s salary by
$200.00/week effective next pay period seconded by Todd Bosley. All voted yes. Motion carried. RES#05-215
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Bosley motioned to approve and accept the Minutes of August 25, 2005, as
written, seconded by Virginia Macdonald.
All voted yes. Motion
CONCERNS OF THE CLERK:
were no concerns of the clerk.
APPROVE PURCHASE ORDERS:
Harmon asked the Board for a Resolution to approve purchase orders. Russ Goffus motioned to approve any and all
purchase orders, as written, seconded by Todd Bosley. All voted yes. Motion carried. RES#05-217
APPROVE FINANCIAL REPORT AND PAY BILLS:
to the meeting being moved up two days, there was no Financial Report and no
bills for tonight’s meeting.
SIGN CHECKS AND ADJOURN:
no checks to sign, Virginia Macdonald motioned to adjourn seconded by Russ
Goffus. All voted yes. Motion carried. RES#05-218
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
VIRGINIA K. MACDONALD
CARLENE HARMON TRUSTEE PRESIDENT
TODD D. BOSLEY
TRUSTEE VICE PRESIDENT
RUSSELL L. GOFFUS