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Chester Government Update
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The Chester Township Board of Trustees meeting on Aug. 17 began with a review of the township’s insurance policy with its agent Gary Wirtz, of Pease Kerr Canfield Insurance...

Regular Meeting

The Chester Township Board of Trustees meeting on Aug. 17 began with a review of the township’s insurance policy with its agent Gary Wirtz, of Pease Kerr Canfield Insurance. Many questions were asked to better understand township coverages through the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Association (OTARMA), which covers liability, vehicles, equipment and buildings. An increase in deductibles to reduce the policy cost of about $90,000 per year was discussed and will be further evaluated.

Fire Department Business

A software upgrade for EMS reporting required by the state was approved at $2,669 for the first year and $1,900 per year thereafter. The software replaces the program that is more than 10 years old and has caused problems in uploading documentation to the state fire marshal.

Road Department Business

The township’s public drinking water system has been reclassified as Class 1, requiring a higher level of operator certification that the township does not have. A quote from Geauga County Department of Water Resources was received and would require an agreement with the Geauga County Commissioners. Additional quotes are also being obtained before a decision is made.

A motion was approved to advertise for two part-time road department administrative assistant/cemetery sexton positions. The board would like to thank Madeline Avis, who had done a great job for the township the past five years serving in this position.

Monies for Unique Paving ($2,000) and Cerni Motors and Carriage Auto ($8,000) and Iron Hawk Industrial ($3,000) were approved for asphalt products, vehicle maintenance supplies and snow plow blades, respectively. Monies were also approved ($1,121.25) after the fact to PennOhio for additional Clean-Up Day expenses and Cable Communications, Inc. ($1,004.34) to complete additional electrical work for camera installation.

The township approved participation as a subscribing entity in a contract between Time Warner Cable and the Ohio Department of Administrative Services for high speed data transmission which will improve speed and reliability for the township.

The township completed its initial review of the employee policy and procedures manual several months ago, but additional administrative support from human resources consultant Clemans-Nelson & Associates is needed to prepare the second draft. Funds of $2,500 were approved for the task.


Inspeyered Tree service completed the tree work at Parkside that was previously approved by the trustees. Two additional trees were identified that need to be taken down and a quote for that service will be obtained.

Town Hall Sign & Flag Dedication

On Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., Chester Township will be celebrating the completion of the new town hall sign and monument and flagpole and to offer remembrance to those who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2011. Please join for this event.

Executive Session

Trustees met at 7 a.m. Aug. 11 for a special meeting and executive session regarding imminent or pending litigation. Geauga County Assistant Prosecutor Bridey Matheney participated and Mike Esposito, of Clemans-Nelson, participated by phone. No decisions were made after the executive session.

Submitted by Ken Radtke Jr., Chester Township Trustee

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