Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

July 14, 2005

 

Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm by Mayor Mary Barber.  Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 

 

Roll call:          Robert Ortman – Present

Roger Aubery – Absent, but came in halfway through the meeting

Warren Simpson – Present

Ed Vanek - Present

Kevin Ety – Present

Rita Leiendecker - Present

Mary Barber – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present

 

Council discussed budget for Fiscal Year 2006.  Rita made a motion to accept budget as presented.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Mary asked if any visitors wanted to speak.  Debbie Yost said her mother signed over an adjoining lot next to her and wants to put a modular home on it.  Council agreed.

 

Kevin made a motion to approve the June 2005 minutes.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Robert made a motion to approve the June 2005 financial statement.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Rita made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Resolution # 2005-13, A Resolution authorizing the transfer of funds and the declaration of an emergency.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Robert made a motion to adopt Resolution # 2005-13, A Resolution authorizing the transfer of funds and the declaration of an emergency.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Warren made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance # 2005-14, An Ordinance Amending the 2005 Appropriations Ordinance and the declaration of an emergency.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Robert made a motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-14, An Ordinance Amending the 2005 Appropriations Ordinance and the declaration of an emergency.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

 

Report from Fire Chief – Chief Mike King was present.  He gave the monthly Fire & EMS reports to council.  He said the department had a hazmat refresher class before the mock disaster.  He said a 74-hour fire class was starting soon.  They’ve been doing hose testing.  They will be having a station “clean-up” day as soon as they can get a dumpster.  They plan on stripping/waxing the floors and painting.  No date has been set yet.

 

They will be flushing hydrants soon, and will let us know when.  They will be scheduling an Emergency Vehicle Training class soon.  Mike presented Council with Tornado Alert System information.  Mike said the new medic went into service on July 1, 2005, everything is working great. 

 

He’s got the guys on duty crews now.  There are 2 – 4 guys on duty each night.  They are still working out the kinks.  Mike said the department had a fund drive outside of the village, and raised $1140.  They still now have to hit the village residents.  Mike said Garrett & Layton passed the paramedic course. 

 

Mike said they need a PO for a new sweeper for the firehouse.  Mike said they got $5,000 from the State EMS grant, but haven’t got the check yet.  Mike said there would be classes available online soon for homeland security/EMA for procedures during emergencies.  Mike said he posted a notice about getting PO #’s before making purchases.  Mike gave Aaron a disk with the Basil Joint Fire District Guidelines on them.  Mike also gave Aaron a memo on monies that have come out of the wrong line account in the fire fund.  Aaron will review.

 

Jamie Carroll brought up a quote from Baltimore Sealing & Asphalt to have cracks filled in parking lot and some sealing done.  $1,097.00.  Rita made a motion to accept the proposal from Baltimore Sealing & Asphalt for the work for $1,097.00.  Roger second.  All yea.

 

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

 

Rita made a motion to come out of executive session.  Robert second.  All yea.  The time is 8:44 p.m.

 

Roger made a motion to allow Josh Freisner back on the fire department as a firefighter with a 1-year probationary period.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Rita told Chief King that Cody Jackson must come before council if he wants reinstated.  Rita also said that Council might want to consider coming down to the firehouse to meet with the department members.  They will consider a date and post the information.

 

Report from the Service Committee:  Robert said they discussed the bell tower in the municipal building – it’s loose and should be fixed.  There are about 7 places that need repaired around it.  He said it cost $1000 last time they fixed it.  They were also wondering about the old firehouse – if Council is going to clean it up.  He said that Diana Derringer from ME Companies looked around Wilson St and Long St.  They are supposed to be in within two weeks.  Robert said a lot of folks are upset that they haven’t come back.

 

Report from the Safety Committee:  Didn’t meet.

 

Report from the Finance Committee:  Didn’t meet.

 

Report from the Rules Committee:  Didn’t meet. 

 

Report from the Regional Planning Representative:  Robert said he didn’t attend. 

 

Old Business – Aaron said the invoice from Bill Newell for the work on the shut-off valve on the First Street building is $150 more than expected.  Council agreed. 

 

Aaron announced that the Maple Street Project was declined by the County. 

 

Ed said that the alley behind Gould & Nafzger is now clear.  Nuisance letters had gone out from the attorney.

 

Aaron explained the gasoline tax distribution questions that arose from last meeting.

 

Council discussed the Mayor’s Nextel bill.  She will pay $25.00 per month for her portion of the bill, plus any charges over the standard rate.

 

The lot split request from Owen Keller will remain tabled.

 

 

 

New Business  - Aaron reviewed Auditor of State Bulletin 2005-002 with Council.

 

Mike King said the old squad (621) is just setting there.  The Walnut Township Trustees would like it (1994 Ford F350).  Council discussed.  Roger made a motion to sell the 1994 Ford F350 squad to Walnut Township for $1.00.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Kevin made a motion to adjourn.  Roger second.  All yea.  The time is 9:22 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

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Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk