September 12, 2006

September 12, 2006

September 12, 2006   7:00 P.M. 

The Salem Township Board of Trustees met September 12, 2006 in regular session at the Township Hall for the purpose of transacting the business of the Township. Chairman Dick Kilburn called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. with member Rob Glancy present. Dick Dare was on vacation.

Others present were Bill Harrison, Richard Bierley, Lee Short, Donald Lynch, Jerry Martin, John Smith, Pat Jackson, Fred LaFollette, Mr. & Mrs. Caldwell and Ralph Blanton.

The minutes were read and approved and posted in the township hall.

Cemetery Update
8/25/06 Anna Gilkison Sec 5 Lot 75 #2 NE Corner
9/9/06 Frances Young Sec 5 Lot 152 NW Corner
9/13/06 Esther Caldwell Sec 5 Lot 81 NW Corner

No Limits Landscape Co.
John Smith and Pat Jackson, owners of the No Limits Landscape Company, told the board they were purchasing 5 acres from Pete Christiansen. They plan to use 3 acres for the business and 2 acres in gravel. They will fence it off with 6 ft chain link fence and will plant trees as a buffer. The land in question is zoned for business, but Richard suggested it would be good for them to keep a rural character as far as using subtle lighting and keeping the tree line next to Rebecca Station.
Trail bikes on Ward Road
Mr. & Mrs. Caldwell, residents of Ward Road were present to complain about the people running trail bikes up and down the road. They had called Rob Glancy earlier and he talked to the prosecutor’s office about the matter. Bruce McGary told him that the township did not have the authority to regulate noise or to issue a noise ordinance. They said the noise is getting extremely loud on the weekends. They think the people who come to ride are friends with residents on Ward Road. Richard suggested the neighbors all get together and sign a paper protesting the noise and take it to the prosecutor.
Zoning-Donald Lynch
Mr. Lynch mentioned that it was not noted in the minutes from the last meeting that he had presented a letter stating why he felt he should be given more time to clear up his property.
He then asked the trustees to refrain from issuing any complaints against him due to his health issues. He was reminded that the trustees approved a 30-day extension at the last meeting. He requested in writing a meeting in the prosecutor’s office with the trustees and the zoning inspector in order to resolve some of the issues. He was told that he would have to contact the prosecutor’s office to set up the meeting; that it was not up to the trustees to set up meetings for the prosecutor. He then mentioned vehicles without licenses on other properties. Rob Glancy then told Mr. Lynch to give him 7days to meet with Lee Short and Richard Bierley to research the fence issue. He told him he would call him before the next meeting.

Zoning Office
Richard received a letter from Gary Loxley regarding the Samples’ property. Bruce McGary wants to discuss the matter with the trustees and how it plays out as business versus residential.
Richard sent a letter to the Miracles requesting an inspection of the property. They have run out of appeals.
Pete Christiansen is still working on his property and plans to move in a couple of weeks.
He has received a few complaints about the junk cars on the property located at 2950 St. Rt. 123.

Catholic Cemetery Transfer
Rob Glancy stated he had received information regarding the transfer of the cemetery from the Catholic Church. The Prosecutor drafted a letter for the township to send to the Archdiocese asking for answers to several questions concerning the cemetery.

Fire Department
Fred stated that the only matter he had to bring before the board was the hiring of a volunteer. He asked the board to approve hiring Phillip Hall pending the results of his drug screen and physical exam.
Dick Kilburn made a motion to approve this recommendation for employment. Rob Glancy seconded the motion.
Vote: Kilburn, yea Glancy, yea

Fiscal Business

Rates Resolution
Debbie requested the board pass a resolution to accept the amounts and rates as approved by the Warren County Budget Commission. Dick Kilburn made a motion to pass Resolution 06-0912 accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor. Rob Glancy seconded the motion.
Vote: Kilburn, yea Glancy, yea

Approval to pay bills
The clerk presented checks # 4089 through #4141 which totaled $47,267.69
The board examined the bills that were presented for payment and Dick Kilburn made a motion to pay the bills as presented. Rob Glancy seconded the motion.
Vote: Kilburn, yea Glancy, yea

For this reporting period the fiscal officer deposited receipts in the amount of $7,636.12
This amount included receipts #5419 through #5435.

With no further business to come before the board, Rob Glancy made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 P.M. Dick Kilburn seconded the motion.
Vote: Glancy, yea Kilburn, yea