Work Session

Perry Township Board of Trustees

Work Session

October 9, 2012 7:00pm

Pledge of Allegiance:

Excused absence:  None.

Additions/Deletions to Agenda: None.

Public Hearings/Invited Guests: None.

Communications:  None.

Public Speaks on items up for Board Approval: None.

Township Business requiring Board Action: None.

Unfinished Business: None.

New Business:

Trustee Chessler made a motion to approve bills and payroll in the amount of $144,639.51 for the week ending October 9, 2012; Seconded by Trustee Haines.

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

Fiscal Officer: 

Street Lighting Notifications

Trustee Chessler asked Mr. Hall, Law Director to outline the process for street lighting.  Mr. Hall stated that once the petitions are received by statute the Fiscal Officer has to set the date of hearing within thirty (30) days of receipt.  A copy of the notice of the petition has to be prepared and served upon the each lot owner within the area at least fifteen (15) days prior to the hearing.  The petition also has to be published once in a newspaper of general circulation (i.e. The Canton Repository, The Massillon Independent) at least fifteen (15) days prior to the hearing.  This is done by the Fiscal Officer or designee.  Mr. Hall stated that he will work with Mr. Schlegel and Administrator Fetzer to make sure that the notice is prepared and properly served.


Mr. Hall stated that at the public hearing the Board is required by law to take a look and make a determination on whether or not street lighting should or should not be had.  If the Board assumes the lights should be had then the Board has to determine the method of assessment which is either by benefit, number of lots or by street frontage.  Mr. Hall stated that he will provide all of this information in a summary memorandum to the Board prior to the hearing.  Once, this is determined the Township will do the assessment and certify it with the County Auditor for collection.


Mr. Schlegel stated that the hearing date is scheduled for November 6, 2012.  Everybody has received copies of the legal descriptions.  All petitions returned were signed by fifty percent (50%) or greater.  The petitions were filed with the Fiscal Officer on October 3, 2012.  The Board of Trustees has been notified of the hearing date.  Mr. Schlegel inquired if Administrator Fetzer would take care of getting copies of the notifications to the property owners and to the newspaper.  Administrator Fetzer stated that she would take care of both. 


Trustee Chessler identified the four (4) specific street lighting notifications:

A.            Richville Drive SW- Petitioner: Glen Camp

B.            Cadbury Street NW- Petitioner: Steven Voican

C.            Bramblebush Street NW- Petitioner: Richard Moore

D.            8th Street NW- Petitioner: June Branch


Trustee Chessler inquired if there was anything that the Board had to vote on this evening.  Mr. Hall stated that the Board did not need to make a formal motion on anything this evening.  Trustee Chessler stated that the criteria that the Board will look at in researching the street lighting petitions is; majority of the property owners are in favor of it and the methodology by which the assessment will take place.  Trustee Chessler inquired if there was any preponderance or if there are any other standards that the Board should be aware of.  Mr. Hall stated that it is within the Board’s discretion to determine if there is a necessity. 


Trustee Laubacher noted that schools can not be a participant in a lighting district.  Administrator Fetzer stated that school can not be considered an entity therefore they are exempt.  The schools would be able to do their own personal lighting if they wanted to go that route. 


Trustee Chessler made a motion to accept the minutes of the October 2, 2012 Regular Meeting; Seconded by Trustees Haines.

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

Administration:  None.

Fire Department: None.

Police Department: None.

Road Department: None.

Law Director: None.

Zoning: None.

Parks/Recycling: None.

Executive Session(s):  None.

Department Matters Not Requiring Board Action:

Administration: None.

Fire Department: None.

Parks/Recycling: None.

Police Department:

Road Department: None.

Zoning: None.  

Law Director: None.

Upcoming Events:

1.)  Township Auction- October 20, 2012 at 10:00am- Skipco Auto Auctions, 700 Elm Ridge Avenue, Canal Fulton.  Items listed at

Public Speaks-Open Forum:

Brian Jones- Cub Master, Pack 264.  Mr. Jones stated that his Cub Scout’s are working on their “Citizenship Activity” badge.  One of the requirements is to visit some of the community leaders.  The Board opened the floor to the members of Pack 264 to ask questions.  Trustee Chessler explained the positions of the elected officials, department heads and basic government functions.


With nothing further to come before the Board, Trustee Chessler made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:27pm; Seconded by Trustee Haines.

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


Craig E. Chessler, President                                    

 Joe Schlegel, Fiscal Officer