Nelson Twp. – Nelson Township trustees met for their regularly-scheduled meeting last week with Trustees Joe Leonard, Bill Wilson and Jim Turos along with Fiscal Officer J. David Finney in attendance. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Joe Leonard and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited. The fiscal officer presented bills and wages, along with bank reconciliation and funds status report. After reviewing the fiscal officer’s items the board approved the expenditures along with the bank reconciliation. Finney also read an invitation he received for the trustees to attend the grand opening of the surgical center at Robinson Memorial Hospital slated for October 25, 2011 and a letter from Garrettsville requesting to be notified of any oil/ gas permits issued in the township.
Chuck Vanek, road supervisor reported that they had spent most of the rainy days working on the trucks and expect to have a “mowing marathon” this week as it has finally quit raining. Vanek also reported that the culvert on Pierce Road continues to wash out and asked what he should do with it now. After some discussion, the trustees decided to draft a letter to the county engineer for assistance in the matter.
Mr. Bill Wilson had nothing to report.
Mr. Turos reiterated Vanek’s report by stating the road crew had been busy working on the trucks during all the rain.
Leonard presented the board with the electric updates and heating and cooling update bids for the community house. After some discussion the trustee voted to accept the lowest bid on the electric service and awarded the contract to Mike’s Electric. The board decided to table the heating and cooling bid until they have a chance to re-appropriate the funds. The heating and cooling expenses will exceed the grant amount so the funds will need to be re-appropriated before the work can begin.
Leonard also presented two zoning changes that he would like the trustees to approve before sending them on to the zoning commission for approval. The first one was to allow temporary use of a camper on an undeveloped piece of property while owner is working on developing the property. The other change was to allow home based businesses in the township. Both measures have restrictions on them and were modeled after other township’s codes in Portage County. After some discussion the board approved the suggestions and will send them to the zoning commission.
Other reports presented were the Harvest Moon Festival, which reported that the event was a success, food bank is expected to be open in January, and the portable storage building at the park should be up soon.
Guest Todd Peetz from the county planning commission explained what services they offered and how they could assist the township with a variety of issues.
The trustees meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the community house at 7:30. The public is always welcome to attend and see what their elected officials are doing in their township. More Nelson news and information can be found on the website www.nelsontownshipohio.org