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Craig E. Chessler

Assistant Law Director

City of Canton

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City of Canton

218 Cleveland AVE Sw

Canton, Ohio,44702

United States

Background Information

Employment History

Attorney

Craig Chessler, Attorney at Law


Affiliations

Perry Township

Township Trustee


Stark Trial Lawyers Academy and Perry-Navarre Joint Economic Development District

Trustee


Employee Safety Committee

and Trustee


Education

Perry High School


Bachelor's Degree

economics and communications

Otterbein College


Jurist Doctor degree

University of Akron School of Law


Web References(46 Total References)


Board of Trustees - Perry Township

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Craig Chessler - Vice President: 2016
Craig Chessler is a life-long resident of Perry Township. He is a 1976 graduate of Perry High School, a former Cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point and a graduate with honors with a Bachelor's Degree in economics and communications from Otterbein College. Craig earned his Jurist Doctor degree from the University of Akron School of Law in 1983. He was first elected as a Trustee in 1989. He also has served since 1985 as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Assistant Law Director for the City of Canton. He maintains a private law practice specializing in probate law, employment law, victim's rights and mental illness advocacy. He has also served as a trustee of the Stark Trial Lawyers Academy and Perry-Navarre Joint Economic Development District and is currently secretary for the Stark Council of Governments. He is a strong supporter of Perry theatre and athletics. There are four lovely ladies in his life; His wife, Linda, two daughters, and Hallie, the dachshund.


Perry Township | Stark County, Ohio :: Board of Trustees

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Craig Chessler - Board President: 2015
Craig Chessler is a life-long resident of Perry Township. He is a 1976 graduate of Perry High School, a former Cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point and a graduate with honors with a Bachelor's Degree in economics and communications from Otterbein College. Craig earned his Jurist Doctor degree from the University of Akron School of Law in 1983. He was first elected as a Trustee in 1989. He also has served since 1985 as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Assistant Law Director for the City of Canton. He maintains a private law practice specializing in probate law, employment law, victim's rights and mental illness advocacy. He has also served as a trustee of the Stark Trial Lawyers Academy and Perry-Navarre Joint Economic Development District and is currently secretary for the Stark Council of Governments. He is a strong supporter of Perry theatre and athletics. There are four lovely ladies in his life; His wife, Linda, two daughters, and Hallie, the dachshund.


www.perrytwp.com

Craig Chessler , President Craig Chessler is a life-long resident of Craig earned his Jurist Doctor degree from the University of Akron School of Law in 1983. He was first elected as a Trustee in 1989.He also has served since 1985 as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Assistant Law Director for the City of Canton.He maintains a private law practice specializing in probate law, employment law, victim's rights and mental illness advocacy.He has also served as a trustee of the


Regular Meeting - Perry Township

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Trustee Chessler made a motion to approve bills and payroll in the amount of $211,323.96 for the week ending November 17, 2015; Seconded by Trustee Haines.
ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. Trustee Chessler stated that Fiscal Officer Schlegel has individually discussed with the Board the need for an advance in the amount of $230,000 from the General Fund to the Police Department. Trustee Chessler verified that this is an advance that will be compensated back to the General Fund. Trustee Chessler stated that based on the comment made from the law director makes a motion that the Board authorize an advance in the amount of $230,000 from the General Fund to the Police Department to be returned to the General Fund upon receipt of the first half property tax in 2016 and no later than April 2, 2016; Seconded by Trustee Haines. ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. Trustee Chessler stated that the Fiscal Officer requests that the Departmental Budget Hearings be scheduled for the meeting of Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Trustee Chessler stated that seems to be fine with everyone; we will do that as we have in the past; begin at 6:00 pm and proceed in fifteen minute intervals. Consider Accepting Meeting Minutes of 08/04/15, 10/06/15 and 11/10/15 Trustee Chessler made a motion that the Board approve the minutes of August 4, 2015, October 6, 2015 and November 10, 2015; Seconded by Trustee Laubacher. ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. Trustee Chessler stated that it is almost time for the very popular Turkey Trot sponsored and conducted in large part by the Perry Township Rotary and in conjunction with the Township Road Department. Trustee Chessler stated that we are being asked, as we have in years past, to authorize the closing of certain streets to assure the safety of those participating. Trustee Chessler stated that we are familiar with the process and are familiar with the streets and inquired if there were any questions or comments with regard to this request. Trustee Chessler made a motion that the Board authorize, subject to the Road Superintendent, the Police Chief and the Fire Chief, that the closing of certain streets in Perry Township for the Perry Rotary Turkey Trot on 11-26-15 in conjunction with ODOT's approval; Seconded by Trustee Haines. ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. Trustee Laubacher made a motion that the Board of Trustees approve the annual EmergiTech Maintenance and Support Agreement in the total amount of $5,208.07; Seconded by Trustee Chessler. ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. Trustee Chessler inquired of Chief Pomesky if this was an incurring award. Chief Pomesky stated that it is something that has to be applied for, annually, and added that if you do not put your program together for the State and apply, you will not be awarded these monies. Trustee Chessler verified that we are eligible to receive it. Trustee Chessler made a motion that the Board authorize the acceptance of the 2015-2016 Drug Use Prevention Grant and further authorize the Chief to take the steps necessary to formally accept and implement the grant; Seconded by Trustee Laubacher. ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. Trustee Chessler stated that we are again being asked to consider and renew the Memorandum of Understanding for our participation in the OVI Task Force and inquired of Chief Pomesky if he could elaborate on that. Trustee Chessler indicated to Law Director Hall that there is a signature line on the Memorandum of Understanding for the Participating Agency and inquired if the Board could authorize the Police Chief to sign this. Law Director Hall confirmed yes. Trustee Chessler stated that based on the Chief's request, made a motion that the Board authorize participating in the OVI Task Force and further authorize the Police Chief to sign on behalf of Perry Township as a participating agency; Seconded by Trustee Laubacher. ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. Trustee Chessler indicated that this next item has been submitted by the Road Department; this is a recurring item for the Stark County Engineer's Office wherein, in conjunction with them, the implementation of issued weight restrictions with enforcement on our township roads during the thawing and moisture season be placed. Trustee Chessler made a motion that at the request of the Stark County Engineer, the Board authorize working with the Stark County Engineer's Office to legally post seasonal weight restrictions for certain township roads that have been separately identified during the times of the year as noted by the County Engineer's Office; Seconded by Trustee Laubacher. ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. Trustee Chessler stated that the Road Superintendent has provided to the Board a letter dated November 16, 2015 from Edward Stearn indicating that he is resigning as a seasonal road inspector and thanking the Board for the opportunity of employment. Trustee Chessler indicated that he believes this has something to do with Mr. Stearn's benefits that might be in jeopardy if he continues in this employment and not for other reasons and makes a motion to accept his resignation, effective November 17, 2015; Seconded by Trustee Haines. ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. Trustee Chessler indicated that the Police Chief has submitted the October 2015 Monthly Activity Report and inquired if there was anything statistically that he would like to highlight in this regard. Police Chief Pomesky briefly stated that our breaking and enterings are down 20%, robberies are down 25%; thefts are down 11%, burglaries are down 2%; motor vehicle thefts are down 27%. Chief Pomesky indicated that these are all good changes in our Township's favor and is a credit to all the officers out there on patrol protecting the Township daily. Chief Pomesky stated that he wanted to thank all the officers. Trustee Chessler inquired of Chief Pomesky in regard to the dispatching transition from in-house to the RED Center and whether the dispatching function has been working smoothly. Trustee Chessler indicated that he would like to advise the participants that the Board has a new policy and added that anyone wishing to address the Board on this Public Speaks portion that you would please approach the platform and direct your questions or comments to the Board President and make your comments from the lectern that is placed before us. Trustee Chessler indicated that Mr. Kerestes has addressed this matter previously in regard to the conditions of the building and those issues were addressed by the officials assigned to the task of doing it. Trustee Chessler added that subject to the law enforcement investigation that led to the conviction of the person that perpetrated that act and the business is no longer there. Trustee Chessler also indicated that we formed a committee here and for a year straight, we met on a monthly basis, and gathered information on a monthly basis from every agency, the health department, the building department, the police department and a representative from the neighborhood to see if the problems that were reported to us had continued and they had all subsided so we would consider that a closed matter. Trustee Chessler indicated that Mr. Kerestes would have to direct that question to the Johnson family. Trustee Chessler stated that first of all, we are not subject, at all, to the freedom of information act. The Township and it's police department has to answer to and comply with the Ohio Open Meetings Act and the Ohio Public Records Law and we do; if you have a request for records pursuant to a file, you would direct that to our Fiscal Officer, he would refer it to the Police Department and we would gather it and provide it to you from the records that were responsive to your request. With nothing further to come before the Board, Trustee Haines made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:25 pm; Seconded by Trustee Chessler. ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. Craig Chessler, President Joe Schlegel, Fiscal Officer


Regular Meeting - Perry Township

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Trustee Chessler called the Perry Township Board of Trustees meeting to order and stated that we have previously announced, as we do every year, that we will be conducting our Budget Hearing tonight, December 1, 2015.
Trustee Chessler stated that we have scheduled each department every fifteen (15) minutes, the first of which is a 6:00 pm session scheduled to discuss the General Fund. Trustee Chessler indicated that regarding the tennis courts, he has always been of the opinion that we, as the Township, are in the business of recreation not competition. By using the courts as recreation, there is not a need for them to be at competition level and added that is not what we are in business for. Trustee Chessler referenced a lease agreement and added that we have done the same thing at Hartwick Park and the tennis courts in that location. Trustee Chessler stated that we took a lot of heat from them when we didn't live up to the standards they were expecting. Trustee Chessler added that he is open to a partnership if Central would want to engage in that. Further discussion regarding the condition of other township park basketball courts took place. Trustee Chessler inquired of Fiscal Officer Schlegel if there were other areas in regard to the General Fund that the Board gets to decide to reallocate what is already been assigned. Trustee Chessler made reference to the appropriations listed for 2016 and inquired if the Board could take part in a decision to take from one category of the General Fund to put into another category. Trustee Chessler inquired as to what happens to any monies that are not completely used when they have been budgeted for a specific item and are sitting in that specific Road Department account. Trustee Chessler indicated that an argument by the union representative whereby we just passed a levy and we are sitting on all this money isn't true. Trustee Chessler inquired in reference to the renovations at Fire Stations 2 and 3; Chief Martin gave a brief explanation in that regard and also made mention of other projects that would have to be addressed. Chief Martin indicated that in regard to the replacement of the SCBA's, self contained breathing apparatus equipment, he was looking in the direction of any grant monies to hopefully fund this purchase. Chief Martin stated that in regard to overall equipment, he felt that we were in pretty good shape, but indicated that the worst part were our facilities. Trustee Chessler inquired of Chief Martin if he could detail the contracts and expenses. Chief Martin indicated that we have things like dispatching contracts; there is a contract on the cots and heart monitors. Trustee Chessler verified that these were part of maintenance contracts. Fire Chief Martin indicated that when the budget was first developed, there was not a firm idea of the costs of the fire station renovation projects; adding that while we still don't have the exact numbers, they could come in under or they could come in a little over, but we're close in our number estimate in that respect. Chief Martin indicated that he cannot put people in Stations 2 and 3 until the facilities are completed. Trustee Chessler opened the Regular Meeting of this date and noted that we had previously announced that the Board was going to convene at 6:00 pm, which we did to conduct our annual Budget Hearings to approve the budget for operations for next year, this was concluded a few moments ago and now we are ready for our Regular Agenda. Trustee Chessler inquired if we need a hearing to accept the budget at this time. Trustee Chessler made a motion to approve bills in the amount of $291,239.77 for the week ending November 24, 2015 and bills and payroll in the amount of $284,409.69 for the week ending December 1, 2015 for a combined total of $575,649.46; Seconded by Trustee Laubacher. ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. Trustee Chessler verified that the request now is to approve the additional cost and also inquired if this was in the nature of a change order or an existing contract or if this was a separate expenditure. Chief Martin indicated that it was a separate one because we have already paid the original cost and added that he did not want to complicate that matter adding that he is requesting a separate bill. Trustee Chessler stated that based on the information that the Chief has provided makes a motion that the Board approve the payment to Vasco Asphalt Company in the additional sum of $6,972.00 for additional repair to our parking lot at Fire Station 3; Seconded by Trustee Haines. ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. Trustee Chessler verified that as we had previously discussed, the plan next year was to hire five (5) anyway and this is to expedite one to fill in this gap. Trustee Chessler inquired if Chief Martin would be prepared to do this by the next meeting; Chief Martin indicated that he was hoping to. Trustee Chessler stated that a formal motion was not needed in this regard, just the Board's indication of support for this plan. Chief Martin stated his thanks. Trustee Chessler stated that the last item listed on the Agenda is an Executive Session that the Law Director has requested to discuss Collective Bargaining Matters that are underway. Trustee Chessler stated that we can do this at the end of the meeting so as not to make the general public wait on that and will move to Public Speaks. Trustee Chessler made a motion that the Board adjourn into Executive Session pursuant to ORC 121.22 (G) (4) to consider Collective Bargaining matters that will include the Trustees, Fiscal Officer, Law Director and Police Chief with no action to be taken; Seconded by Trustee Laubacher. ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. With nothing further to come before the Board, Trustee Chessler made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 pm; Seconded by Trustee Laubacher. ROLL CALL: Mr. Chessler, yes. Craig Chessler, President Joe Schlegel, Fiscal Officer


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