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After opening the public meeting on Feb. 6, trustees Mike…
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After opening the public meeting on Feb. 6, trustees Mike Petruziello and Ward "Bud" Kinney, Fiscal Officer Craig Richter and the township's attorney, Abe Cantor,…

After opening the public meeting on Feb. 6, trustees Mike Petruziello and Ward “Bud” Kinney, Fiscal Officer Craig Richter and the township’s attorney, Abe Cantor, met in executive session regarding a court action.
Trustee Ken Radtke recused himself from the vote and participation in the meeting because of a potential conflict of interest.
The regular trustees meeting began with a presentation by Police Chief Mark Purchase to Ruth Schonberger regarding a posthumous award to the family of Seattle Police Officer Neil McMillan, who was killed in the line of duty in the 1920s.
The Seattle Police are honoring all fallen officers and Schonberger, of Chester Township, was identified as a descendant of McMillan.
At the board’s request, Amy Holthouse Brennan of the Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CRWP) and Carmella Shale of the Geauga County Soil and Water Conservation District (GCSWCD), each gave excellent presentations summarizing the work their organizations perform and their interactions with Chester Township.
The board and public gave feedback on whether or not to continue membership in the CRWP, but no decision was made.
Trustees unanimously ap-proved a resolution opposing the expansion of sewage treatment rules under the Ohio Administrative Code 3701-29.
A motion was passed to add the fiscal officer’s assistant (FOA) and the board’s administrative assistant as members of the Geauga Township Association ($10 per person).
The GCTA has created a scholarship fund open to individuals who reside in Geauga County and attend the Kent State University Geauga campus.
Richter gave the fiscal officer’s report, which included an explanation of some of the activities occurring as part of the year-end process (issuance of W-2s, 1099s and the bank reconciliation). The township is also investigating phone bill charges and seeking ways to reduce this cost.
Some preliminary information is being collected regarding options for a township sign. Defining the purpose of the sign (meeting announcements or public service messages) is part of this discussion.
From 9-11:30 a.m. March 14, there is a citizen emergency preparedness meeting that is open to the public. Please see the community information page at our website for details.
On Feb. 7, the board, along with the FOA, met with Fire Chief John Wargelin to review the draft 2014 Fire/EMS budget. Preliminary expenditures are proposed at $1.34 million between fire and EMS.
Levies generate roughly $980,000 annually and the township, through a vendor, bills insurance companies for EMS services and receives approximately $225,000 annually in additional revenue.
New software and tablets to improve management and reporting of patient information and the purchase/replacement of infrared cameras were also discussed as part of the budget review.
Although the fire/EMS funds are in good financial standing, we are seeking ways to avoid or reduce deficit spending. Refurbishing an EMS squad (estimated at $30,000-$40,000) rather than a new purchase ($170,000) is one planned activity and selling the 1989 Sutphen engine, currently housed at Station 2 and seldom used, is another consideration.

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