President Lee Strad called the meeting to order at Trustees Bob Anstine and Doug Baum were present as well as Clerk Steve Knox. Others in attendance were Louis & Violet Grooms, Terri Davis, Larry Johns, Patty Johns, Dave Collier, John Miller, Nancy Cramer, Joe Barnes, Dick Harvey, Linda Harvey, Dave Jones, Sharon Perrine, Mark Pahanish, Gary Alkire (Buckeye Mining) Ron Katt, David Ross.
A motion was made by Anstine to accept the minutes and financial report as presented. Seconded by Baum.
Roll Call Vote: Strad – Yes
Baum – Yes
Anstine - Yes
1st Public Speaks Session
Anstine introduced Mr. Larry Johns, President of OTAS, who will discuss the Taxpayers Bill of Rights(Tabor Amendment). This will be on the November ballot with the basic premise being that a Township or other government entities, would not be able to spend more than 3.5% of the previous year expenditures. OTAS is against the proposed amendment. Every tax increase must be approved by a majority of the voters, thus it would be required that an entity would first need to have 51% of the registered voters come out to vote, and then would need a majority of that to pass something. Also, the Local Government Fund, which is currently split into 5 different groups, would be split into 15 different groups if the new amendment passes. This would decrease the income of many local governments. There is also a provision to get money back to the taxpayers automatically if an entity did not spend over a certain amount of the tax money that was received. Basically, the Tabor Amendment is a way to micro manage government entities.
John Miller gave a little history of himself in the Township, and then stated that we have a problem up here. He went on to state that Stanley Miller has been here for 50 years, and he would like to see this thing settled.
A motion was made by Strad to go into executive session at 9:25 for personnel, hiring, firing, disciplinary and any other personnel matters. Seconded by Baum.
A motion was made by Baum to adjourn executive session at 10:47. Seconded by Strad.
Mr. Strad moved for the adoption of the following Resolution # 05-2006:
Whereas, to improve better communication and accountability between the Pike Township Road Supervisor, Mark Pahanish with the Pike Township Board of Trustees; and ,
Be it now, therefore, resolved, that the Mark Pahanish, the Pike Township Road Supervisor shall implement the following:
Mr. Anstine seconded the motion and upon roll call, the vote resulted as follows:
Lee Strad – Yes
Doug Baum – Yes
Robert Anstine – Yes
Anstine talked with Mr. Walt from the Coon Hunters Club about using the building for cemetery purposes. His other partner is not in town, but he said he would discuss it with him when he returns.
Anstine also stated that on April 3rd , the Trustees will have a special meeting at the Township Offices with the Road Supervisor, in which time they will be going into executive session. The meeting will begin at 7:00 a.m.
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Public Speaks Session
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Mrs. Harvey stated that the landfill stinks.
Mr. Harvey asked if the meeting on the 31st is a public meeting? The Trustees stated that it is, and will begin at 8:45 a.m.. The Judge will take over at that point in open court.
Terri Davis stated that the smell has been unacceptable. It is so bad, and you can see the trash laying around up on the one side of the hill. Strad stated that we can not control the odor, but the Health Department or the Canton Health Department is regulating this. Strad stated that there have been a lot of complaints about the odor and who’s jurisdiction this is. Mrs. Davis just came to ask for the Trustees help contacting the right people/organization about the odor.
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Mr. Hall said that noxious odors and public nuisance is not in the control of this board. It’s the Federal and State EPA first, then the Health Department, and then the Trustees to a very limited sense.
Louis Grooms stated that the city sewer used to be an odor nuisance as well. They fought them for years, but nothing was ever done. The only resolution was when it finally closed.
Baum said that the recycle bins were denied because of population numbers.