Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

October 14, 2004

 

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

 

Roll call:          Robert Ortman – Present

Roger Aubery – Absent

Warren Simpson – Present

Ed Vanek - Present

Kevin Ety – Absent

Rita Leiendecker - Present

Mary Barber – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present

 

Diana Derringer from ME Companies was present.  She presented the status for projects to Council.  Projects should begin this month.  She will have a pre-construction meeting with Third St. contractor.  She will represent us.  Diana asked about a staging area for the projects.  Robert said they can use his property for the Long Street project.  We will check on possible staging areas for the Third St. project.  Will ask WCSD if we can use their property.

 

Diana said the Maple St. project was submitted to the OPWC, but haven’t heard anything yet. 

 

Tammy Prather and Joanie Hines were present.  They shared their idea to turn the old fire department (on First St) into a community center.  They have several businesses that are supportive of their project and will assist in fixing it up.  Their organization’s name is “Make It Happen”.  They would like to have a fund drive to help raise funds for the project.  Tammy and Joanie presented Council with a projected income analysis, general plans, and information. 

 

Robert made a motion to override the Council rules and allow Tammy another 10 minutes to speak.  Rita second. All yea.  Tammy continued to present their organization’s idea.  Aaron asked about parking.  Tammy said she is trying to contact the Primitive Baptist Church to use their parking lot.  Phil Leitnaker Construction might pave their lot for everyone to use.  Council continued to discuss the plan.  Council will have to consult with the Village Solicitor to see what steps could be taken.

 

Ed made a motion to approve the September 2004 minutes.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Rita made a motion to approve the September 14 2004 special meeting minutes.  Warren second.  All yea.

 

Warren made a motion to approve the September 29 2004 special meeting minutes.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

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

 

Robert made a motion to give Robert Elam a $10 credit for a Village contractor using their water for a Village project.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Resolution # 2004-22, An Ordinance Establishing a Policy for the Presence or Use of Dangerous Weapons on Village-owned Property and the declaration of an emergency.  Robert second.  All yeah.

 

Ed made the motion to adopt Resolution # 2004-19, An Resolution # 2004-22, An Ordinance Establishing a Policy for the Presence or Use of Dangerous Weapons on Village-owned Property and the declaration of an emergency.  Rita second.  All yeah.

 

Roger made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance # 2004-23, An Ordinance to amend the 2004 Appropriations Ordinance and the declaration of an emergency.  Ed second.  All yeah.

 

Ed made a motion adopt Ordinance # 2004-23, An Ordinance to amend the 2004 Appropriations Ordinance and the declaration of an emergency.  Rita second.  All yeah.

 

Ed made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Resolution # 2004-24, A Resolution Authorizing the Transfer of Funds and the Declaration of an Emergency.  Robert second.  All yeah.

 

Warren made a motion to adopt Resolution # 2004-24, A Resolution Authorizing the Transfer of Funds and the Declaration of an Emergency.  Robert second.  All yeah.

 

Second 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 present.  Mike gave a copy of the current roster to everyone.  Mike discussed the letter that Council had sent to him regarding several issues.

 

Mike said the SOP baselines are set, and that it’s a living document.  Mike went over each SOP.  He is considering it a draft because he needs each of his officers to review them.  Once approved, they will have everyone sign off on them. 

 

Mike said the light in the parking lot has been repaired.  Mike & Mike King are going to repair the flag pole, too.

 

Mike said the State Fire reports are all up-to-date.  Council had given Mike the deadline of December 1, 2004 to finish the EMS reports.  Mike said that as of today, they are all in and up-to-date.  He said Danny Schultz, Heath Garrett & Lori Garrett have spent hours getting them caught up.

 

Mike said that it was brought up at the Safety Committee meeting that before Mike can hire and/or fire anyone, it might be a good idea to have that reviewed by Council.  An applicant would go from the hiring committee to Mike and then to the Council.  Then the person would be on probation for 1 year.  Aaron said he will review the process with the Village Solicitor to see if it needs to be enacted through legislation.

 

Ed made a motion to go into executive session to discuss a personnel issue.  Robert second.  All yea.  The time is 8:10 p.m.

 

At 8:25 p.m., Ed made a motion to come out of executive session.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Mike said the Township Trustees approved him to sell the 1987 Hurricane engine.  Brent Auker appraised the vehicle at $32,000 minimum, and $50,000 maximum.  Mike wants Council to set a minimum bid.  Trustees want us to put the money aside for use for a new medic.

 

Ed made a motion to put the 1987 E-One Hurricane Pumper out for bid, with a minimum bid of $32,000.  Robert second.  All yea.  Mike said Ralph Zollinger wants Council to give the old medic to the Walnut Twp Trustees.  Council agreed to look into the possibility.

 

Mike said he would have the budget for 2005 ready for the next meeting.

 

Report from the Service Committee:  Robert said someone requested permission to put gravel down in an alley so they could put a dumpster down.  The committee agreed.

 

Report from the Safety Committee:  Rita said that Warren Hiles wanted to check on the problem of cars parked on sidewalks.  Council agreed this was a hot topic.  Rita said they also discussed the issues already brought up by Chief Mike Jackson.

 

Report from the Finance Committee:  Didn’t meet.

 

Report from the Rules Committee:  Didn’t meet. 

 

Report from the Regional Planning Representative:  Robert said there was nothing of any concern to the Village.

 

Old Business

Thomas property nuisance (2093 Main St.) –  Safety Committee has made random checks, and there is still an odor problem.  The County Health Department made one check, and signed off that there wasn’t a problem.  The Village Solicitor, however, advised by phone that this is a situation that changes from day to day.  Council agreed to look more into the situation.

 

Drainage issue @ 8192 High St. – Ed & Kevin checked the issue.  The washing machine is not connected – only the sump pump is putting water in the storm sewer drain.  This is acceptable.

 

Tree service quotes – Kevin is not present.  It was agreed we need to keep looking into it.  Table the issue until next meeting.

 

 

New Business

 

Aaron brought up the possibility of annexing Moline Drive, and the pros/cons of not doing so.  He also brought up the Long Street extension put in by Owen Keller.  Long Street actually ends at the Prather property. Everything beyond that is a private drive.  Aaron said it’s not our responsibility to maintain these roads or remove snow/ice from them.  Council will take into consideration.

 

Mary announced that Trick-Or-Treat night will be October 28th from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  Pizza Ria’s is offering a treat bag for residents.

 

Ed made a motion to forfeit council pay for the September 29th special meeting since it was only 5 minutes long.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Warren made a motion to adjourn.  Ed second.  All yea. 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

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Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk