KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP – Hopefully, it won’t be long now until Kingsville Township trustees Dennis Huey, Darrell Ensman and Karl Brunnell have figures in hand regarding the loss of the Township Garage and its equipment from the July, 2016, fire.
Trustees Huey and Brunnell, present at the 7 p.m. March 8 Township Trustees meeting, had hoped to have that information a month ago. But an adjustment representative from Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority (OTARMA) had been on vacation.
When he returned, the representative from Adjusters International who has been helping Kingsville Township navigate the insurance claim process, experienced a death in the family.
Both representatives were to sit down with Kingsville Township Trustees on March 10 and learn how much the county can expect to recover with regard to the building loss.
“George promised final figures on personal property and equipment by the end of the week so we can talk about the building,” said Huey. “We need to get a new building under construction.”
Trustees and Road Superintendent Neal Stewart talked about the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing a new rubber tire back hoe.
Stewart said that starting about two years ago, the range of motion for back hoe was changed.
“It’s impossible to clean a ditch now without sitting in the middle of the road,” Stewart said.
He said the outriggers have also been changed, making them too wide at seven-and-a-half feet to fit between graves in the cemetery.
“Federal safety laws,” Stewart said. “They’re more stable, but we have to discuss what we need to do.”
Stewart suggests purchasing an older model rubber tire back hoe in good condition dating from 2008 or 2010.
He also proposes that the township purchase an 85-foot mini-excavator.
“The rubber tire back hoe doesn’t do as much. I rented an 85-foot two years ago and cleaned ditches for a month much faster,” he said. “The mini-excavator is zero turn, and at six-foot wide could go down the cemetery, but it could tear up the cemetery.”
Stewart added that more townships are purchasing the mini-excavators.
“We wouldn’t have to rent a ditching machine, But we still need a front-loader for snow,” he said.
Also the Fire Chief, Stewart expected the new, used fire truck that the township purchased in Texas to be put into service any day after being serviced and new lettering applied. The truck has all needed equipment but for a camera and 200 feet of hose.
Zoning Inspector Jim Branch reported that he is unsure about the status of two vehicles sitting at a N. Wright Street residence which he described as “livable.”
“I’m not sure if they are registered and running, but there is a truck behind the house. No way that it runs,” he said.
Branch will send a letter to the residents with regard to the vehicles.
Branch receiving one permit for a new fence.
Stewart reported on the “groundbreaking” for the addition to the Fire Hall, as Ashtabula County said that it had no approved plans in hand.
Yet Stewart said that the permit and $1,000 permit receipt fee is in hand, so he was to contact the county.
“We want to pour the footers before the holes cave in,” he said.
Township resident Dave Kirk held up a new digital voice recorder that had arrived and questioned whether trustees made a motion to approve the purchase following a discussion at a prior meeting.
The recorder was purchased to record meetings in the absence of Fiscal Officer Sarah Patterson. Trustees have no plans to record regular meetings “yet.”
Patterson could not respond to Kirk’s question because she did not have minutes from an earlier meeting in front of her.
Kirk, who called the recorders “money well spent,” will hang on to the recorder. Each card for the digital recorder costs about $12 to $15.
Discussing the matter of Fire Hall storage for Township trustee records, Stewart assured the trustees that the Fire Hall addition includes a storage room for them.
Stewart reported that a four-year renewal contract for EMS billing was ready to sign. The cost remains at 8 percent.
“We tried to talk them into less than 8 percent as we do about 700 calls, but they refused,” Stewart said.
Kingsville, Sheffield and North Kingsville have mutual aid so that when any of their squads assists residents in another municipality, they will be marked as “resident” on the paperwork.
Huey reported that resident Cathy Mayberry is requesting that the township check out a possible crack in a concrete culvert in front of her home. Mark Heinz notified the township that two catch basins that the township put in years ago appear to be starting to collapse.
Stewart said that a catch basin was indeed configured, but has weakened after years of cars driving over it.
“It wasn’t made for that,” he said. “Over 25 years, it deteriorates and took a beating. It has to be addressed. We will have to build another because the catch basin is sinking.”
Stewart said another catch basin on North Wright Street needs to be replaced as well.
Requests to remove trees have also come in from a few township residents, though Huey said the township does not normally perform that work.
One resident, Sam Kauffman, said that the township had taken down a tree years ago for someone else, which prompted Stewart to say that in his 35 years with the township, he does not ever remember the township taking down a tree.
Huey joked that, with the day’s high winds, Mother Nature might take care of the tree for them.
Stewart will contact Ashtabula County Engineer Tim Martin about it.
“We don’t want go get into the habit,” Huey said. “If we do it for one, then someone is going to say, ‘How about mine?’ We have a lot of trees.”
“We can’t take care of what we have,” Stewart said. “We spent no money on the park last year.”
Huey said the township might consider tree-trimming and removal if it were more prosperous.
“If all we did was trim, we’d keep everyone busy,” Brunnell added.
Brunnell announced that as of March 13, the new phone was to be moved to temporary garage space on Route offered by Ashtabula County following the Township Garage fire. The old dial phone that had been in the Township Garage was burned up in the July 15 fire. The phone and answering machine will move back to the new garage once it is built.
Trustees reported that All Things Coffee House has added gravel to the parking lot.
The meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.
Kingsville Township trustees will meet 7 p.m. March 22 in the Fire Hall, 3130 E. Main Street.