Hopewell trustees organize board

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP – Hopewell Township trustees met Monday night for their organizational meeting, electing Richard Gosche as its chairman for 2013. Lori Zoeller was voted in as vice chairman.

James Clouse was selected as the representative to the Bascom Joint Ambulance District and Gosche to the Bascom Joint Fire District. Zoeller will remain on the Tax Review Commission. Gary Ruble is to continue as fire prevention officer. Board meetings will remain at 7 p.m. every other Monday.

With the loss of Robert Benner as zoning inspector, the board set an annual salary of $1,800 for the part-time position. The zoning fee schedule is to remain the same. Three resumes for the position have been received with interviews to be conducted in executive session at the Jan. 28 meeting.

Meadowbrook co-managers Richard Freeborn and Troy Breidenbach gave a presentation on the park, with an income analysis given by Breidenbach. Camping and pool rates were discussed as well as shelter rates and ballroom rental. Information on rate changes may be obtained by calling the park at (419) 937-2242. Freeborn reported the park will continue its “no golf cart” policy.

Wages and compensation were set for full- and part-time employees as well as seasonal.

The regular meeting then commenced with the board voting to institute a pay raise for certain employees making minimum wage as the rate increased to $7.95 an hour, retroactive to Jan. 1.

Action approved


Purchase two ballroom and two round tables.

Trade of mowers.

Apply for grant from OSS Solid Waste District to re-do signs for the ballroom, and Ash and Walnut shelters.

National Ballroom and Entertainment Association membership at $90 fee.

Purchase photo ID machine at $1,100.

The board also reviewed and approved letters to be sent to patrons regarding funds needed to fulfill a matching grant for renovations to the Crystal Pool. Renovations are necessary due to deterioration of the pool floor, changes in federal handicapped access regulations, and alterations to the baby pool due to a change in drain regulations. The estimated cost is more than $140,000.

A Land and Water Conservation Fund grant will provide $70,000 if matched. A NatureWorks grant of $19,312, White Foundation of the Tiffin Charitable Foundation grant of $12,000 and $10,000 donation from the Friends of Meadowbrook leave $28,688 to be raised.

Vanguard student Jees Gruber and technology instructor Tonya Breidenbach gave a presentation on the progress of zoning mapping for the township.

Zoeller reported receipt of the Medical Mutual acceptance letter confirming health insurance coverage.

The board is to meet at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 with Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller planning to attend.