Nelson Twp. – Prior to their regularly scheduled July 6th meeting, the Nelson Township Trustees reviewed and passed the 2012 budget that had been presented by Dave Finney at the June 15th meeting. After a review of the prior meeting minutes, Dave Finney presented the June bank reconcilliation and warrants 20630 – 20654 for review and payment. Due to an increase of 33-1/2% for the township’s medical insurance premiums a special meeting with Ellerhorst Insurance and a representative from the insurance carrier will be held on July 19th at 1 p.m. The purpose of this meeting will be to review the current policy and discuss at options to help with cost containment. This meeting will be held at the Community House. There will be a public hearing prior to the regularly scheduled July 20th trustee meeting regarding a proposed amendment to zoning laws pertaining to the storage of motor vehicles on vacant land. Road supervisor Chuck Vanek reported that they will begin mowing along the township roads and the hot patching will begin on Monday. After some discussion pertaining to the bids received for the chip-and-sealing of several township roads and the service garage driveway, it was decided to put the project back out for bid and to include the grooming of the roads in the bid.The trustees voted to accept the bid from Ace’s Well Service for the drilling of a new well at the service building. Mike’s Electric was awarded the contract to bring the Community House up to code. After a recent fire inspection it was noted that there are several items in the building which need to be repaired to bring the building up to code. Trustee Leonard brought the Nelson Food Bank topic to the table. It was proposed that the food collected be stored in the upper level of the community house. Both Turos and Wilson voiced their concerns – both were against using the community house for the storage and distribution of the food items. At this point the group of people working to establish the food bank will continue to look for other options. The trustees will be reviewing the current regulations pertaining to the use and rental of the Community House. With the increasing number of requests to utitlize the facility, they want to be sure that all of the critera and fees are in alignment. Scout Josh Seink from Troop 65 presented his Eagle Scout service project proposal to the trustees. Seink provided his plans, including financial information, to the trustees for approval. Seink would like build a picnic table and two benches for the Pixley Park pavilion. After some discussion about building the items from treated lumber or TREX material, and the cost related to both, the trustees approved a motion to accept Seink’s proposal and to provide the treated lumber for the project. The ball field at Pixley Park is booked four nights a week. Plans for an outbuilding to store equipment and dugouts are currently underway. The next meeting will be held on July 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the Community House. All are invited to attend and get involved.