Regular Meeting

Regular Meetings 

The Perry Township Board of Trustees meets in Regular Meeting format on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM.   

The meetings are held at the Township Hall located at

3111 Hilton Street NW

in Massillon. Regular Meetings include reports by Department Heads, the Law Director, and the Township Administrator.  The public is welcome to offer comments during the Public Speaks portion of the agenda on township related matters.


Perry Township Board of Trustees


Regular Meeting


May 5, 2015 7:00 pm




Call to Order/ Pledge of Allegiance:


Excused absence:  Mark Martin, Fire Chief ~ Out of Town Meeting with the Dept. of Homeland Security


Additions/Deletions to Agenda:  None.


Public Hearings/Invited Guests:  None.




Trustee Chessler stated that the Board has received a communication from Stark Parks regarding the Fasnacht Farm and indicated that we would like to further that discussion.  Trustee Chessler inquired of Law Director Hall if this would be a proper topic for Executive Session.  Law Director Hall indicated that it would since it has to do with real estate.


Trustee Chessler stated that he will tentatively ask that we reserve the right to convene the next Regular  Meeting at 6:45 and will adjourn to Executive Session at that point and time and the regular agenda will commence at 7:00 pm on May 19, 2015.  Trustee Chessler inquired of Administrator Fetzer to request, on the Board’s behalf, Mr. Fonte, Director of Stark Parks to join us at the Township Hall at that scheduled time.  Administrator Fetzer confirmed that request.


Public Speaks on items up for Board Approval: None.


Township Business requiring Board Action: None.


Unfinished Business:  


Consider Replacing Twenty-Five Year Old Air Conditioning Unit


Trustee Chessler referred to the three quotations previously given and added that they varied as far as the warranties go and asked Administrator Fetzer to further examine that issue and asked if this could be explained.


Administrator Fetzer stated that at the Board’s direction, she has contacted each one of the vendors and also had discussion with Gary Swisher, Maintenance Director and have come to learn that the very first and lowest quote of Shanklin who provided a 10 year warranty was actually applicable to a residential unit as opposed to a commercial.  Administrator Fetzer indicated that she also contacted the other two competitors and they shared the same sentiment; it would not even be compatible with our three unit commercial drive so the recommendation would be one of the other two vendors.


Trustee Chessler stated that Miracle had quoted completing this project with either of two products, Trane and Carrier and inquired if there was anything to distinguish between the two.  Administrator Fetzer stated yes and added that she had asked the Miracle representative what the difference would be between the $100.00 from the Trane to the Carrier; he said they were both excellent products but they would recommend the Trane because the coil is of aluminum and the Carrier has some type of a wire caging around it, so he said that it being exposed to the elements for the next twenty five (25) years, he would recommend that the Board consider investing the $100.00 for the better unit.


Trustee Chessler stated that based on our review of this, makes a motion that the Board authorize the purchase of a replacement air conditioning unit of the terms quoted by Miracle Plumbing for the Trane product at a cost not to exceed $4,109 and that is for a compressor that has a warranty for five (5) years and a warranty for one (1) year on parts and labor; Seconded by Trustee Haines.


ROLL CALL:  Mr. Chessler, yes.  Mr. Haines, yes.  Mr. Laubacher, yes.


New Business:


Trustee Chessler made a motion to approve bills and payroll in the amount of $266,544.15 for the week ending May 5, 2015; Seconded by Trustee Laubacher.   


ROLL CALL:  Mr. Chessler, yes.  Mr. Haines, yes.  Mr. Laubacher, yes. 


Fiscal Officer: 




Consider Accepting a $5,000 donation from Perry Rotary


Trustee Chessler stated that the Board is in possession of a check from the Perry Township Rotary in the amount of $5,000.  Trustee Chessler indicated that the Board has been previously made aware of this donation and asked Administrator Fetzer to fill in the details regarding this donation.


Administrator Fetzer referred to the documents and photographs before the Board and added that as the Board can see, the Rowmont Pavilion at Perry Park is in need of some TLC and added that we currently have two (2) estimates that are being submitted to the Board for consideration.  Administrator Fetzer stated that one of the estimates has already been received and the other will be forthcoming tomorrow afternoon.  Administrator Fetzer indicated that the Rowmont Pavilion is in great disrepair adding that there is a lot of graffiti on the inside walls and the structures will need to be reinforced.  Administrator Fetzer added that some of the cement blocks that serve as walls have been knocked down.  In addition, Administrator Fetzer stated that Chief Pomesky was kind enough to offer to put a camera up there that the Eagles have previously donated and inquired of Chief  Pomesky if that was last year.  Chief Pomesky stated that was purchased out of our law enforcement trust fund and added that there would be some things that they would have to adjust with it.  Administrator Fetzer indicated that the Board could take some comfort in knowing that after the improvements are made, the camera will allow us to be able to keep a better eye on things.


Trustee Haines inquired if that work will be done this summer.  Administrator Fetzer stated that was correct and added that we have the check in hand so as soon as that third quote comes in and upon the Board’s approval, we can proceed.


Trustee Chessler made a motion that the Board gratefully accept the check and donation in the amount of $5,000 from the Perry Township Rotary; Seconded by Trustee Laubacher.


Trustee Laubacher stated that in receiving this donation at the Perry Rotary meeting, he indicated that this particular pavilion has been there for approximately twenty five years and nothing has really been done to it.  Trustee Laubacher added that this donation of $5,000 should go a long way to be able to clean this up.  Trustee Laubacher also added that there are going to be three big baseball games at the Perry Park in the upcoming weeks and added that everything should come together with that.  Trustee Laubacher stated that he greatly appreciates the Rotary’s donation and stated that the check indicates that this donation is made possible directly related to the 2014 Turkey Trot 5K event.


Trustee Chessler stated that the Perry Rotary has made possible several of those projects over the last few years and we are grateful for every one of them.


Trustee Laubacher inquired if there was a chance we could invite Ron Manse, the Turkey Trot Chairperson to the next meeting to extend the Board’s appreciation for their donation.  Trustee Chessler indicated that would be fine.  Administrator Fetzer confirmed this to be for the next Regular Meeting.


ROLL CALL:  Mr. Chessler, yes.  Mr. Haines, yes.  Mr. Laubacher, yes.


Fire Department:


Consider Hiring Kyle Conley as Part Time Seasonal Maintenance and Grounds Employee


Trustee Chessler stated that Fire Chief Martin has asked the Board to consider hiring, as a part time seasonal maintenance grounds employee, Kyle Conley.  Trustee Chessler added that his proposal is that Kyle be hired as a part time seasonal grounds employee at a rate of pay of $10.00 per hour.  As with other part time seasonal employees, his employment shall not exceed 1500 hours for the year and not to exceed an average of 28 hours per week.  The hiring date is proposed to be May 11, 2015.  Trustee Chessler made a motion to so hire; Seconded by Trustee Haines.


ROLL CALL:  Mr. Chessler, yes.  Mr. Haines, yes.  Mr. Laubacher, yes. 


Fiscal Officer Schlegel stated that he would like to list under the Agenda that he had received a phone call earlier this morning to let the Board know that our paving loan was approved through First Merit.  Mr. Schlegel stated that he contacted Becky Princehorn and noted that we should have the check in hand June 1, 2015.


Police Department:  None.


Road Department and Park Department:  None.


Law Director: None.




Consider Accepting 2015 Mowing Contractors


Trustee Chessler indicated that it is that time of year again when the grass is starting to grow and Zoning Inspector Weckbacher has presented the Board with a list of proposed contractors that will perform the services that will soon be in great demand.  The Board has received a memo that indicates the following contractors were sent letters to complete and return.  There are five (5) proposed mowing operations, four applications were received and reviewed by Law Director Hall:


  • ·         Sees Lawn Care (Kenneth Sees)
  • ·         Gino’s Lawn Service (Gino Lanza)
  • ·         Grow & Mow, Inc. (Frank Findley)
  • ·         Paramount Landscaping (Michael Watson)




Trustee Chessler stated that the Board will entrust Zoning Inspector Weckbacker to engage their services on a rotating basis and have established a rate of $40.00 per hour to be billed and reviewed and approved when the invoices are submitted.  Trustee Chessler indicated that part of the requirements were to provide some evidence of insurance.  Mr. Hall stated that each contractor had provided both liability insurance and worker’s compensation so they have met all the necessary requirements.


Trustee Chessler made a motion that the Board, based on the information compiled by the Zoning Inspector and the information that the Board has received this evening, approve, on a rotating basis, Sees Lawn Care, Gino’s Lawn Service, Grow & Mow, Inc. and Paramount Landscaping; Seconded by Trustee Haines.


Trustee Chessler indicated that this motion includes the Board’s directive that they be used on a rotating basis and be paid at a rate of $40.00 per hour; Seconded by Trustee Haines.


ROLL CALL:  Mr. Chessler, yes.  Mr. Haines, yes.  Mr. Laubacher, yes.


Parks/Recycling: None.


Executive Session(s): 


Department Matters Not Requiring Board Action:


Administration: None.


Fire Department: None.


Parks/Recycling: None.


Police Department:  None.


Road and Parks Department: None.


Zoning: None.  


Law Director: None.


Upcoming Events:


2nd Annual HERO 5K Run/Walk on Monday, May 25, 2015 – Beginning at 8:30 am on 13th Street in front of the Police Station.  Visit for event details.  Sign up at


2nd Annual TASTE OF PERRY COMMUNITY EVENT ~Saturday, June 6, 2015 –  Food, Jewelry and Art Vendors~Entertainment~Family Fun & Community Pride!  Noon to 8:00 pm at Hartwick Park.  Event sponsored by Aqua Ohio.  No charge for admission.  Visit for Community Event details.


Public Speaks-Open Forum:


Trustee Chessler indicated that the Board would open up the floor to public speaks and indicated that anyone wishing to address the Board, he would ask that they please rise and give us your name and current address.


Frank Clark, stated that he lives in Jackson Township but owns properties on the corner of Ingall Ave. and Hilton St.,-  3454, 3438, 3516, Massillon.  Mr. Clark stated that approximately a year and a half ago the water main broke and oil, muck and sand flooded the area.  It also flooded the ditches and culverts.  Since that time, the water comes down Hilton Street and runs onto his property.  Mr. Clark stated that he has dug out as much as he can and when it rains, he is out there with shovels and goes down Ingall and cleans the ditches.  Mr. Clark stated that when the water goes down the property, he has approximately 40 tenants and most of them are elderly and many of them are handicapped.  If it is a freeze/thaw situation and it floods, there is ice.  There is a crawl space that floods that he has to pump out all the time and the foundations for mobile homes and patios that are washing out and if he could just get the culverts cleaned out, it would solve the problems.  Mr. Clark stated that he has come to the Township Hall four times and has talked to three different people, he has gone down to the Road Department three times, and talked to two different people, he has called several times and has met with the Road Superintendent on-site and for a year and a half, nothing has been done.  This is not acceptable.


Trustee Laubacher inquired where the water leak is, at the corner.  (Mr. Clark’s reply not audible).  Mr. Clark also stated that in all fairness, two and a half years before that, the road department came out and cleaned the ditches and culverts and everything was just perfect; then that water main broke and plugged everything up again. 


Trustee Haines inquired if it was most in the open ditches or most of it culvert, or half and half.  Mr. Clark indicated that it was half and half.  Trustee Haines inquired if it was more of a problem with the open ditches or the culvert.  Mr. Clark indicated that it was the culvert.  Trustee Haines inquired of Road Superintendent Masalko if this was on the road right of way or private property.  Road Superintendent Masalko indicated that it was on the road right of way.  Trustee Haines inquired if we had anything to clean those culverts with.  Mr. Masalko stated that we do.


Trustee Chessler indicated that the priority was with the pot holes but inquired if this was something that had to be added to the list.  Mr. Masalko stated that he did mention to Mr. Clark the priority at this time was seeing to the pot holes.  Trustee Haines indicated that we will have to first get to the pot holes then we will turn it over to that.  Trustee Haines added that we probably another six weeks of pot holes and added that we have three crews out there doing pot holes right now so that has been inundating us right now. 


Mr. Clark stated that with that many people involved, he felt that this had to be brought to someone else’s attention.


Trustee Haines stated that he appreciated this and added that we will take care of this.  Trustee Chessler added that the message is received.


Scott Wuchnick, 180 Perry Drive, right on the corner of Perry and Cayuga.  Mr. Wuchnick stated that he was going to give something to Mr. Hall since he was aware of the situation.  There is a truck and trailer parking situation on 171 Perry Drive that Zoning Inspector Weckbacher knows about and added that Law Director Hall has been involved in this as well.  Mr. Wuchnick stated that there was a commercial smoker grill that was sitting along the road and has probably been sitting there since the beginning of April.  Mr. Wuchnick stated that to his knowledge a week and a half ago Zoning Inspector Weckbacher  sent a letter (to the property at 171 Perry Dr.) regarding the smoker being parked alongside the roadway.  Mr. Wuchnick stated that the smoker was moved but it came back on Sunday and on Monday morning it was moved back again to the residence and now there is another truck and trailer that is parked in the same place along Perry Drive.  Mr. Wuchnick stated that he is asking if there is any way for no parking signs to be posted along that stretch of Perry Drive.  Mr. Wuchnick inquired of Police Chief Pomesky if he was made aware of this situation as well.  Chief Pomesky indicated that several officers were sent out on this matter.


Trustee Chessler indicated that this is also on an incline and inquired if the resident was actually using the smoker.  Mr. Wuchnick stated that he was and further added that there were two propane tanks sitting along Perry Drive.


Law Director Hall stated that for the Board’s information, on Thursday a week ago, he and Zoning Inspector Weckbacher went out to the address at 171 Perry Drive and indicated that the smoker was parked in a position whereby it was right on the white line, not across the white line.  Mr. Hall stated that they knocked on the door and spoke with the property owner and asked him to move the smoker.  Mr. Hall added that they explained to the homeowner that he was causing a potential hazard.  Mr. Hall indicated that the homeowner did move the smoker back and briefly explained that he was asked to move it back and he did and at that time he verbally agreed and promised that he was not going to repeat the situation, but obviously he has.  The problem is that it is not really a zoning violation, it is not really a property maintenance code violation and it is not really a traffic violation.  Mr. Hall indicated that it is a public hazard so maybe a petition to the county for no parking signage would be beneficial.


Trustee Chessler briefly summarized that this would have an effect on the motoring public as well as the neighbors involved here.  Trustee Chessler added that the existing conditions on Perry Drive as well as the hills have an effect on the lack of site distance and the volume of traffic on the road.


Trustee Laubacher verified that Perry Drive is a county road not a township road and Mr. Wuchnick stated that he was aware of that. 


Mr. Hall stated that he would suggest to the Board that the minutes reflect the Board to pass a resolution asking the county to evaluate and to post a no parking sign.


Trustee Chessler verified that if the Board is in agreement, and added that he thinks we are, requested and directed Law Director Hall to draft a letter on the Board’s behalf to the County Engineer asking them to take a look at the safety concerns in this matter and provide the appropriate traffic control measures that would include restricting parking.  Trustee Chessler stated that he hates to do that, but added that the people that will not abide by common sense or common courtesy need to have this kind of thing imposed.  


Trustee Haines referred to a similar situation on Woodlawn when a gentleman was parking a commercial vehicle on the road and he was asked to park in his drive.


Law Director Hall indicated that if Mr. Wuchnick would provide several of his photographs in this matter, he would include them to the County Engineer and County Commissioners so they understand what we are talking about.


Trustee Chessler indicated to Mr. Wuchnick that we do not have direct jurisdiction in this matter but we are going to act as a Board to further inquire what measures can be taken.  Trustee Chessler added that this is subject to their engineering judgment; they may tell us that they agree that it is not courteous or a safe thing to do but it may not be legal but we will request their direction.


Mr. Hall verified to Mr. Wuchnick that there were several duplicates of the photographs and indicated that he would use one copy for the minutes and one copy for the letter.


Ralph DeChiara, 765 Delverne Ave. SW, Canton – Mr. DeChiara inquired if the Township had made a resolution several years ago in regard to a trailer having to be off the road and in the backyard and couldn’t be parked in front of the house.  Mr. Hall indicated that in that they could not park a trailer that was not attached to the tow vehicle on the roadway.  Mr. DeChiara inquired if this was a zoning regulation.  Mr. Hall indicated that this was a home rule resolution.


Jen Miller, 160 Rowmont Rd., Massillon, OH 44646 – in regard to the Perry Rotary donating the money to fix up the Rowmont Pavilion; her backyard is alongside Perry Park and she can see kids coming to the pavilion and damaging them.  Ms. Miller briefly explained seeing and reporting a break in at one of the service buildings and called the police but since it was not an emergency situation, they were not able to send anyone so the neighbors took it upon themselves to chase these kids away.  Ms. Miller stated she did not want to see this money being spent on fixing up the pavilion just to have it be vandalized.


Trustee Haines stated that it is important to call the police but briefly acknowledged that it would be fair to suggest having a little extra patrol in the parks at this time. 


Trustee Chessler stated that the neighbor’s talking is the best network and indicated that if they would see misdirection of a person or if someone comes on a bike or get in a car, all that information is helpful evidence for the identification of the person or vehicle.


Ms. Miller stated that she would like to think that the cameras would be helpful.  More conversation took place regarding the security camera and placement. 


Road Superintendent Masalko inquired of Ms. Miller if she could keep an eye out on the dumpsters and if she saw anything suspicious to please report that.  Ms. Miller indicated that she had recently seen someone in a pickup truck dump 6 or 8 tires in the dumpster.  Ms. Miller stated that she did take pictures of the truck but they were not clear enough. 




With nothing further to come before the Board, Trustee Chesslermade a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 pm; Seconded by Trustee Laubacher.


ROLL CALL:  Mr. Chessler, yes.  Mr. Haines, yes.  Mr. Laubacher, yes.






Craig Chessler, President                                                                              Joe Schlegel, Fiscal Officer