Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

September 9, 2004

 

Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Barber.  Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 

 

Roll call:          Robert Ortman – Present

Roger Aubery – Present

Warren Simpson – Present

Ed Vanek - Present

Kevin Ety – Present

Rita Leiendecker - Present

Mary Barber – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present

 

Diane Derringer from ME Companies was present.  She presented the status for projects to Council.  They have 7 bids in for the Long St. Project.  They will prepare a letter of recommendation next week.  She said Council needs to have a special meeting so they can accept contractor bid.  Council agreed to hold a special meeting on Tuesday night, September 14th at 7:30 p.m.

 

Shari Mount, 2079 Third St., was present to address Council about a possible use for the Street Building on First St.  She presented a letter of intent to Council.  She intends to use it for a youth center.  Council decided to take it under advisement and get with the Village Solicitor regarding it’s use.

 

Rita made a motion to approve the August 2004 minutes.  Roger second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to approve the August 2004 financial statement.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Roger made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Resolution # 2004-19, An Ordinance to Amend the 2004 Appropriations Ordinance and the declaration of an emergency.  Kevin second.  All yeah.

 

Robert made the motion to adopt Resolution # 2004-19, An Ordinance to Amend the 2004 Appropriations Ordinance and the declaration of an emergency.  Ed second.  All yeah.

 

Roger made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Resolution # 2004-20, A Resolution authorizing the Mayor to prepare and submit an application to Participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvements and/or Local Transportation improvement program(s) and to execute contracts as required.  Rita second.  All yeah.

 

Kevin made a motion adopt Resolution # 2004-20, A Resolution authorizing the Mayor to prepare and submit an application to Participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvements and/or Local Transportation improvement program(s) and to execute contracts as required.  Roger second.  All yeah.

 

First Reading - Resolution 2004-21, An Ordinance Revising the Plat of Lots 197 through 202 in the Village of Thurston (Previously Hadley Junction) in order to correct a Discrepancy in the Location of the East Border Line of said lots and the West Border Line of Long Street.

 

 

Report from Fire Chief - Mike Jackson was not present.  Jamie Carroll & John Shirk was present.  Jamie said the SOP’s have been started, and he presented Council with what has been done so far. 

 

Jamie said there is no longer a need for the 1987 Engine 621, and they would like to put it out for bid.  He said it needs lots of work done.  Someone is coming in to appraise the vehicle, and a minimum bid would be set.  They will also check with the Walnut Township trustees after getting Council’s approval.  Roger made a motion to allow the 1987 Engine to put be out for bid pending the Walnut Township Trustee’s approval.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Jamie said we have an old medic – we got 2 years ago – with 112,000 miles on it that is falling apart.  They would like to look into purchasing a new medic.  They have looked at a few and seen pricing around $100,000.  Aaron asked about the number of medic runs Thurston actually goes on.  Jamie shared the numbers with Council.  Aaron said he felt it was irresponsible to go into further debit without knowing the future of the fire department.  Roger made a motion to allow them to discuss looking into the possibility of a new medic with the Walnut Township trustees.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Jamie said they are thinking of putting half the proceeds from the Medic 621 sale as a down payment for the new medic.  They would also like to buy some turnout gear.

 

Ed asked about the status of the State EMS reporting requirements.  Jamie said that was Danny Schultz’s responsibility, but hasn’t seen him at all until today; he had been attending any meetings.  Roger said Council wants to be informed with Danny starts. 

 

Mary asked about the status of the door on the radio room, if it had been fixed.  Jamie said it’s still broken.

 

Mary asked about the status of the light pole, if had been repaired.  Jamie said it’s still not fixed.

 

Report from the Service Committee:  Robert said that three people were present at their meeting; Tammy Prather, Shari Mount, and Ernie Harter.  They all discussed possible uses for the First Street building.  Tammy said she had a lot of people ready to work on it to fix it up as a Community Center.  Shari had made her presentation earlier.  Council discussed the pros/cons of renting the building.  It was agreed that we need to consult with the Village Solicitor.  Ed made a motion to table the discussion.  Ed second.  All yeah.

 

Council agreed to let Bob Black give us a quote for patching the First St. buildling.

 

Mary brought up a note received from Bob Black regarding paying Bob Black and Lyle Speaks for the work they’ve done in the Municipal Building.  After several minutes of discussion, Roger made a motion to pay $500 to Bob Black for labor done in the Municipal Building.  Robert second.  All yea, except Warren voting no.

 

Report from the Safety Committee:  Rita said they didn’t meet because it was Labor Day.  Warren made a motion that there would be no meetings held on National Holidays.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Rita said she’d been receiving complaints about cars blocking sidewalks.  Council agreed we should send a letter to everyone regarding keeping the sidewalks clear, and enforcing “No Parking” signs throughout the Village.  Council will later discuss what they want in this “newsletter” at a later time.  We will include a link to the Village website on it.

 

Report from the Finance Committee:  Didn’t meet.

 

Report from the Rules Committee:  Didn’t meet. 

 

Report from Board of Public Affairs President:  Lowell Hite wasn’t present.  Council agreed that it was not necessary for the President of the BOPA to be present at Council meetings; a copy of the BOPA minutes will do.

 

Report from the Walnut Creek Sewer District Board appointees:  No one was present.  Council discussed some of the current problems with personnel changes at WCSD.  Council agreed that it was not necessary for the WCSD appointees to be present at Council meetings; a copy of the WCSD minutes will do.

 

Report from the Regional Planning Representative:  Robert said Bob Kalish was present at the last meeting.  They discussed Baltimore’s annexation plan.  They plan to annex East towards route 37, and put in a commerce park.  It was brought up that they recently adopted a Property Maintenance Ordinance for Baltimore.

 

 

Mary requested a motion to go into executive session to discuss Fire Department personnel issues.  Roger so moved.  Ed second.  All yea.  The time is 8:30 p.m.

 

At 9:00 p.m., Rita made a motion to come out of executive session.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Roger made a motion to send a letter to Chief Mike Jackson giving him a written warning that certain tasks must be completed within a certain timeframe, else disciplinary action would follow.  Those tasks are:

            Must have SOP’s completed by 9/30/2004.

            Must have radio room door repaired by 9/30/2004.               

            Must have light pole repaired by 10/31/2004.

            Must have State EMS reports caught up by 12/1/2004.

Ed second.  All yea.

           

 

Old Business

Thomas property nuisance (2093 Main St.) – Mary said she checked – it still smells.  Mary will go again and talk with her about it.

 

Drainage issue @ 8192 High St. – Ed will inspect to make sure it is no longer draining outside.  Michelle will work out a time for Ed to meet with owner.

 

Storm sewer basin repairs are all completed.  Heiberger reported that the basin at Maple & Second was completely disintegrated.  It’s over 100 years old.  He built it up the best he could, but it will eventually have to be repaired.

 

Tree service quotes – Mid-Ohio never returned Kevin’s phone calls.  Roger made a motion to accept the bid from Beatty Lawn & Tree Service to clean up tree/branch issues in the Village for $700 per day, maximum of 2 days.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

 

New Business

 

Council discussed the application for the Maple Street project.  Ed made a motion that the Village will pay 11% of the cost of the project.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Council looked at the 5-year plan that was to be returned with the Maple Street Project application, and agreed it could stay the same.

Aaron asked when Council wanted to quit fogging for mosquitoes.  Council agreed to stop now.

 

Aaron asked about mowing.  Council said to continue to have the contractor mow at this point.

 

Michelle said the roof on the Municipal Building is still leaking around the chimney.  Did Baltimore Roofing do that patch earlier this year?  Aaron will check for a bill.  If it was not done, we will get at least a couple of bids.

 

Rita made a motion to adjourn.  Roger second.  All yea. 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

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Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk