Regular Meeting

05/06/2013, 7:00 pm

Members present:  Kerry Olson, Chairman; Paul Zent, Supervisor; Jerry Kunz, Zoning Board Member; Terry Mauch, Weed Board; JP Moszer, Road Supervisor; Roger Thompson, Assessor; Greg Hillig, Building Inspector; Mike Schwartz, Treasurer; and Elizabeth Patterson, Clerk

Members absent:  Ken Selzler, Supervisor; and Rick Solberg, Zoning Board Member

Chairman Olson opened the meeting.

Supervisor Zent made a motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Chairman Olson seconded the motion.  The motion passed with Supervisor Zent and Chairman Olson voting in favor.

School Board report:  Shawn Whitney, Apple Creek School Board Member, was present but said there was nothing to report.

Assessor’s report:  Mr. Thompson said everything from the township’s tax equalization meeting has been turned into the county and will remain there until after the county’s tax equalization meeting on June 3.

Building Inspector’s report:  Mr. Hillig said in response to several complaints regarding the condition of the property at 11761 Hillard Drive, he inspected the property on April 4 and has determined that pursuant to Apple Creek Township Zoning Ordinances Section 5.4, the structure is a hazard and beyond repair and should be removed.  The board concurred with Mr. Hillig’s findings and requested a letter be sent to the property owner ordering the structure removed within 30 days.  If the structure is not removed within 30 days and the property owner has not contacted the board by the next meeting on June 3, the board will hire an individual to remove the structure and clean the property and the cost will be assessed to the property owner’s taxes.

Mr. Hillig also said he had spoken with Nadir Torres regarding his property on Lot 16 of the Mariner’s addition and told him to move the road approach pursuant to the agreement with the board.  Mr. Hillig said the approach was moved by the original approach has not been cleaned up.  Mr. Moszer said he had also spoken with the contractor and Mr. Torres about cleaning up the approach within 5-7 days.  Mr. Moszer also told Mr. Torres that he still owes the township for the approach permit.

Road Supervisor’s report:  Mr. Moszer said he spoke with the county sheriff regarding the increased traffic in the township and the safety of certain intersections in the county.  According to the county, the following changes to intersections and roads affecting the township will be made in the near future:


• Making Lincoln Road and 66th Street a four-way stop in preparation for the opening of Lincoln Elementary.
• Making 66th Street and Apple Creek Road a four-way stop.
• Within five years, making 66th Street a five-lane road with turn lanes.
• The gravel portion of 119th Street between Apple Creek Road and 5th Avenue will be a test plot for the county to use crushed asphalt and rejuvenate.

Treasurer’s report:  Mr. Schwartz said the starting balance was $346,576.67, checks written totaled $313, deposits totaled $121.

Supervisor Zent made a motion to pay bills.  Chairman Olson seconded the motion.  The motion passed with Supervisor Zent and Chairman Olson voting in favor.

Other business:  Ann Willoughby, a resident of the Prairiewood subdivision area south of Lincoln, addressed the board regarding the increased volume of ATVs and motorcycles in the area creating a hazard at intersections and approaches and erosion of the ditches.  She is concerned that a rider will get hit and asked if anything can be done.  Mr. Mauch indicated that the ditches are a public right of way and ATVs and motorcycles can be driven there.  However, he said, by law a rider is to get off the ATV or motorcycle and push it across an approach or intersection.  Mr. Moszer said he would speak with the county sheriff about patrolling the area.

Mr. Moszer again requested letters be sent to township residents regarding properties with unlicensed vehicles and garbage being left outside and also commercial businesses being run out of homes zoned for residential use.  He will provide the board with names and addresses.

Mr. Kunz brought to the board notices he had received of subdivisions being developed in Lincoln.  His only concern was regarding the Bulman Subdivision on 28th Avenue west of 66th Street.  He said 28th Avenue was not built to county specifications and never approved and, therefore, is not maintained.  He felt that should be addressed before this area is developed and he would bring it up to the Lincoln Planning and Zoning at the next meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Elizabeth Patterson

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