Work Sessions 

The Perry Township Board of Trustees meets in a Work Session format on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM.  

These meetings are held at the Township Hall located at 3111 Hilton Street NW in Massillon.  Work Sessions are less formal than Regular Meetings and are utilized by Trustees and Department Heads for discussion of township related projects or activities.

 

Perry Township Board of Trustees

 

Work Session

 

September 10, 2013 7:00 pm

 

The Board has previously reserved the right to take action at this meeting

 

Call to Order/ Pledge of Allegiance:

 

Excused absence: 

 

Additions/Deletions to Agenda:

 

Public Hearings/Invited Guests:

 

Jason French, Executive Director of Hanover House to discuss the Establishment of the Perry Township Senior Citizen Center

 

Trustee Haines stated that Jason French, Executive Director of the Hanover House approached the Board of Trustees with an opportunity of partnering with the Hanover House in order to establish a Senior Citizen Center on site at the Hanover House, which is located at 435 Avis Avenue NW.

 

Trustee Haines stated that several weeks ago, he and Administrator Fetzer met with Jason French at Hanover House to tour the facility and discuss the many benefits and potential programming opportunities which could be offered to Perry Township Seniors.  Trustee Haines asked Mr. French to discuss the concept in more detail.

 

Jason French stated that he appreciated the opportunity to speak this evening about establishing a center for senior citizens at the Hanover House.  Mr. French stated that in speaking with the staff at the Hanover House, it was decided that it was time to get involved with the community.  One of the ideas that was promoted was seeking out the collaboration with the Township to establish some programming for seniors in the Township.  Hanover House would be able to provide the facility and location and the basics for the programming of clubs such as euchre or knitting club and establishing days and times for these clubs to take place during the normal hours of operation at Hanover House.  Having a place to meet new friends and having a sense of belonging to a group would be of a great service for the senior community.  Along with providing a location and service for seniors to meet, there could also be an opportunity to promote civil responsibilities within these groups such as the knitting club making clothing for the battered women’s shelter or collecting canned goods for outside needs.

 

Mr. French explained that the room available for these purposes can hold between 25 and 40 people.  Also, a nutritious, low-cost lunch could be provided for $1.50 if so desired.   Mr. French also explained that various educational opportunities and classes could be offered through the senior citizen center as well.  To be able to partner with the Township and to offer this as the Perry Township Senior Center with the assistance of the Hanover House would be of a great benefit to the entire community.  There will be an Open House at the Senior Citizen Center on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 1 – 3 pm.  Mr. French stated that it is the intent for the Senior Citizen Center to be open Monday through Friday from approximately 10 am to 5 pm and begin with forty-five (45) days of programming.  Mr. French stated that it is his hope that following the open house, there are at least four to six individuals that are interested in this program.  This will help gear the direction for the activities the center would want to implement.

 

Law Director Hall stated that Administrator Fetzer has already put together a preliminary memorandum regarding the senior citizens center for the Board.  Mr. Hall stated that more inclusive terminology would be necessary to incorporate into the agreement.

 

Law Director Hall asked Mr. French if there were any other marketing avenues available regarding this programming in addition to the Perry Township newsletter. Mr. French stated that another opportunity to get the word out was at the high school for Perry Senior Appreciation Day in December.  Mr. French stated that Administrator Fetzer had arranged for an opportunity for them to speak in front of this group.

 

Trustee Chessler stated that he wanted the minutes to reflect that the Board has been gathering this information for several weeks and under the Ohio Revised Code, the Board of Trustees has the authority to enter into and participate with a public or nonprofit private agency or organization to establish and operate social services for senior citizens.

 

More discussion followed regarding the age range that is considered a senior citizen among some other questions regarding signage for the senior center at Hanover House.

 

Trustee Chessler stated that based on the discussion here this evening, he makes a motion that the Board agree to enter into an agreement with Hanover House for the creation and operation of a senior citizen center pursuant to R30-ORC Section 505.70 (B) and further direct our Law Director to draft an appropriate Memorandum of Understanding to be entered into by Perry Township and Hanover House to establish this relationship; Seconded by Trustee Haines.

 

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

 

Janie Pavlick and Phyllis Mussina Co- Publishers of Living Local Community Magazine

 

Ms. Pavlek and Ms. Mussina contacted the Board to let them know of a new magazine they are launching for the residents and businesses of Perry Township and Massillon.  It will be called Living Local Community Magazine and will be printed and distributed monthly throughout the area.  Each issue of the magazine will feature local news, school and sports activities, new businesses, restaurants, upcoming events and more.

 

Janie Pavlek stated that she and Phyllis Mussina were here this evening to receive the Board’s “blessing” for this community publication they have put together.  This is a monthly, full color publication focused primarily on the Perry Township area.  Ms. Pavlek stated that their intent is to provide a tool for businesses and make the public aware of upcoming events such as the Township Bicentennial celebration.  Ms. Mussina stated that her background is in the sales and advertising/marketing end of the magazine and Ms. Pavlek’s background is in developing, designing, and the writing aspect.  Ms. Pavlek and Ms. Mussina explained that they would like to include the latest information from the township leadership and would provide the Board with complimentary space in each issue to address the Township residents.  The first issue of the magazine is targeted for release by this mid-October. 

 

Trustee Haines inquired if this magazine would be by way of home delivery.  Ms. Mussina stated that the Living Local Magazine will be strategically placed in racks around the Township and it is also their intent to direct mail approximately 2,000 magazines to a specified income group. 

 

Trustee Chessler inquired if there would be an on-line version of the magazine.  Ms. Pavlek stated that eventually they would like to provide an on-line version of the magazine; it is not their main focus, but ideally, would like that to be another avenue for the magazine.

 

More discussion followed regarding spotlighting information from different businesses and sources for publication in the Living Local magazine.  Ms. Pavlek and Ms. Mussina stated that they appreciated the opportunity to come before the Board this evening.

 

Communications: 

 

Public Speaks on items up for Board Approval: None.

 

Township Business requiring Board Action: None.

 

Unfinished Business:   

 

Consider Requesting Additional Medical Information Concerning BWC Claim 121-850331

 

Executive Session(s): 

 

Trustee Chessler made a motion that pursuant to ORC 121.22 (G)(1) regarding personnel matters involving a Township employee, the Board adjourn to Executive Session to include all members  present in the room, that being the Fire Chief, Administrator, Fiscal Officer, Board of Trustees, Law Director and our representative from Frank Gates, Mr. Andrew Frank; Seconded by Trustee Haines.

 

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

 

The Board adjourned into Executive Session at: 7:41 pm

 

The Board adjourned from Executive Session at: 8:17 pm

 

Trustee Chessler stated that based on the Executive Session discussion, he makes a motion that the Board adopt a Resolution stating that it is the Board’s intent to challenge a portion of this Worker’s Compensation claim.  This challenge has to do with the physical injury as to pulmonary function, however the Board is requesting our representative of Frank Gates to explore on good faith basis the request of the Board regarding the determination of whether or not an independent medical exam of the aspect of the claim for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder would be in order and also, that an intent letter be filed to allow for that decision to be made; Seconded by Trustee Chessler.

 

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

 

Trustee Chessler stated that he would also like to request from our representative of Frank Gates that the Board be advised of the revised estimate of the dollar cost for pursuing any type of medical examination and also that the Board may receive more updated and complete information on the stated basis for the PTSD claim that occurred back in 2006; Seconded by Trustee Haines.

 

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

 

New Business:

 

Trustee Haines made a motion to approve bills and payroll in the amount of $145,890.09 for the week ending September 10, 2013; Seconded by Trustee Chessler.

 

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

 

Fiscal Officer: 

 

Administration: 

 

Fire Department:

 

Consider the Purchase of Smoke Alarms

 

Fire Chief Martin stated that the Fire Department is requesting the Board of Trustees to authorize the purchase of one hundred and fifty (150) smoke alarms from BRK Brands, Inc. for a total price not to exceed $2,325.00. 

 

Trustee Haines made a motion that the Board approve the Fire Department’s request of the purchase of one hundred and fifty (150) smoke alarms from BRK Brands, Inc. out of Aurora,IL  at $15.50 per detector for a total purchase not to exceed $2,325.00; Seconded by Trustee Laubacher.

 

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

 

Consider the Resignation of Thomas Bragg Part Time Firefighter

 

Fire Chief Martin stated that the Fire Department is requesting the Board of Trustees to accept the letter of resignation from part time firefighter Thomas Bragg effective September 10, 2013.  As Mr. Bragg has  indicated in his letter of resignation, his job takes more time than he is able to allocate to the department therefore he has asked to resign with the intention of being able to come back to the department should his current situation ever change.

 

Trustee Laubacher made a motion that the Board accept the resignation of Thomas Bragg as a part time firefighter for the Perry Township Fire Department effective September 10, 2013; Seconded by Trustee Chessler.

 

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

 

Police Department:  None.

 

Road Department:  None.

 

Law Director: None.

 

Zoning: None.

 

Parks/Recycling: None.

 

Department Matters Not Requiring Board Action:

 

Administration: None.

 

Fire Department: None.

 

Parks/Recycling: None.

 

Police Department: None.

 

Road Department: None.

 

Zoning: None.  

 

Law Director: None.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Perry Township Bicentennial Meetings are scheduled for the last Tuesday of each calendar month at the Perry Township Hall beginning at 7:00 pm.

 

Public Speaks-Open Forum: None.

 

Adjournment:

 

With nothing further to come before the Board, Trustee Haines made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:19 pm; Seconded by Trustee Chessler.

 

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

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Doug Haines, President                                                                                                Joe Schlegel, Fiscal O