The regular monthly meeting of the Soldier Township Board was called to order on January 3, 2023, at 12:18 p.m. Board members present were Karl McNorton (Trustee) and Jerry Glasgow (Treasurer), and Mike Mathes (Clerk). Also present were Bob Oliva (Township Business Administrator/Road Superintendent), Doug Schmitt (Fire Chief), John Tipton (Co-Road Superintendent), and Laurie Moody (Bookkeeper)

Guests in attendance were – Chad Lady 

Member Mathes made a motion to approve the check register, the bank account reconciliation reports, and the minutes from the December 6, 2022 Board meeting, as presented, with no additions or amendments. Member Glasgow seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. 

Public comment and communication – There were no public comments or communication

General – Mr. Oliva presented information on the sentencing of Pam Buckhalter, who was sentenced to 12 months of supervised probation and restitution of $33,570.34, to be payable to the Township at the rate of $200.00 per month. 

Everything is moving forward with the planning of the new road maintenance building

Things are progressing with the purchase of the fire department property

The year-end audit and the annual financial statement are being prepared and should be completed very soon

Insurance renewal is due March 1, 2023, and the township is exploring coverage possibilities with multiple insurance companies

Review of the budget will allow small transfers to the special fund accounts from all 

departments, even though price increases of materials and fuel resulted in more expense that was anticipated


Fire Chief Schmitt presented the written Fire Department Report. Service calls are slightly higher than last year. The department received a $5,000 technological grant for the purchase of iPads to be used on the first-out apparatus to enable improved communication. Discussion ensued concerning the challenge of ensuring adequate volunteer personnel response to calls

Road – Mr. Tipton presented the road report. There was one severe weather event that resulted in limited plowing and salt/sand treatment to the roads. The department is well-prepared with a good supply of product needed for road treatment. Physical inventory has been completed for the year and construction of the building pad for the new maintenance shop has begun

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With no further business to come before the Board, motion was made by Member Mathes to adjourn the meeting at 12:51 p.m. Member McNorton seconded the motion and meeting adjourned. 

The next monthly Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at 12:15 p.m.