Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

September 8, 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

Warren Simpson – Present

Ed Vanek - Present

Kevin Ety – Present

Rita Leiendecker - Absent

Mary Barber – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present

 

Mary asked if any visitors wanted to speak.  None did.

 

Ed made a motion to approve the August 2005 minutes.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Robert made a motion to approve the August 2005 financial statement.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to approve the August 25 2005 special meeting minutes.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Rita made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance #2005-17 – An Ordinance To Amend the 2005 Appropriations and the declaration of an emergency.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to adopt Ordinance #2005-17 – An Ordinance To Amend the 2005 Appropriations and the declaration of an emergency.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Rita made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Resolution #2005-18 – A Resolution Authorizing the Transfer of Funds and the declaration of an emergency.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Warren made a motion to adopt Resolution #2005-18 – A Resolution Authorizing the Transfer of Funds and the declaration of an emergency.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Kevin made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Resolution #2005-19 – A Resolution Accepting THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR AND THE DECLARATION OF AN EMERGENCY.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to adopt Resolution #2005-19 – A Resolution Accepting THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR AND THE DECLARATION OF AN EMERGENCY.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Second reading for Ordinance #2005-16, An Ordinance to Adopt Rules and Regulations controlling Peddlers, Solicitors, Canvassers & Temporary Stores.

 

Report from Fire Chief – Chief was not present yet is supposed to be here by 8:00 p.m.  Report held to end of meeting.

 

Report from the Service Committee:  Robert said they had a combined meeting with the Safety Committee.  Bob Black and Mayor Barber were present.  They discussed the First St. building and what to do with it.  Bob Black thought we could fix the roof and damages by using volunteers.  Mark Congrove’s name was brought up; they said he would do a good job.  Mr. Black cleaned up the west wing of the building, where the truck is.  He said the drain will now work.  Mr. Black also installed deadbolt locks on the doors off the fire escapes at the Municipal Building to keep people out.  He will begin tearing out the old stairwell soon.

 

Report from the Safety Committee:  Rita said they discussed some situations at the firehouse and what action might be appropriate to take.

 

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 wasn’t able to attend.

 

Old Business – Mary said the Tom Mayle & Son has been here  - lowered the basins, put down gravel, seeded and laid hay.  They took care of all the problems that were brought up at the August 25 special meeting.  Ed said the contractor did some of the work the way he did because he was told to.  For instance, he said Lowell Hite told him to raise the catch basins.  The plan called for a certain height, but Lowell said to raise them.  They have now been lowered.  Aaron will get with the solicitor to stop any legal proceedings.

 

Aaron said the nuisance property on Third Street has been mowed, and the cost assessed to their taxes.

 

Aaron asked if we were to continue to spray for mosquitoes.  Council agreed to stop.

 

New Business  - Aaron brought up that there was a sharp increase in the water bill from the Village of Baltimore.  There seems to be no reason for it.  Council discussed and agreed that the reason for this increase should really be checked out properly.  Council also discussed the issue of old water meters still being used in the Village.  Some are over 20 years old.  Some are so old, that they do not give accurate readings so it affects the amount of money billed to the customers.  Aaron said there has always been a large discrepancy between the amount of water we buy from Baltimore and the amount we bill our customers.

 

Ed made a motion to request the Board of Public Affairs to begin replacing older water meters throughout the Village as soon as possible; at least twice a month, so as to increase the accuracy of the billings.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Council reviewed a bid for a new catch basin to be installed on Holt Street.  The proposal was from Center Line Trenching and was for $3,116.00.  Mary and Robert said that water lays there and it’s in bad shape.  Heimberger was called for a proposal, but didn’t return the call.

 

Ed wanted the record noted that it is now 8:08 p.m. and the Fire Chief is still not present.  Ed made a motion for short break.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

At 8:15, Council resumed.  Ed made a motion to accept the proposal from Center Line Trenching for $3,116.00.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Report from Fire Chief – Chief Jackson was still not present.   Penny Bondurant and Josh Amspaugh were present to be put on the fire department.  Council reviewed the applications.  Chief Mike King arrived at 8:20 p.m.  Ed made a motion to put Penny Bondurant and Josh Amspaugh on the fire department.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Mike presented his report to Council.  Mike said there would be hydrant flushing on September 28th, 2005.  Aaron will put a notice in the paper.

 

Ed asked Mike if he had any suggestions for the assistant chief position.  Mike said he had some thoughts.

 

Ed made a motion to adopt the Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department Rules & Regulations.  Rita second.

 

Mike said there were other things in Rules & Guidelines that they would like to change before Council adopts them.  Jim Hite said he would help re-write them more for Thurston’s needs.  They would like to sit down together with the Safety Committee to go over them.  Council discussed personnel issues and quality of service issues at the fire department.  Several people stated their opinions.  Mary shared how she wants the fire department better at several levels.

 

Continuing the previous motion adopting Rules & Regulations, Council voted all yea.

 

Ed asked who he had in mind for the Assistant Chief’s position.  Mike said he didn’t have a lot of help for the Sweet Corn Festival.  He had to work late today due to swapping shifts to be able to work at the Sweet Corn Festival.  He said he’s done playing babysitter.  They now have incident reports at the firehouse; three write-ups and you’re out.  He said if they don’t like it, they can leave.

 

Ed made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel issues.  Robert second.  All yea.  The time is 8:55 p.m.

 

At 10:00 p.m., Kevin made a motion to come out of Executive Session.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Kevin made a motion to adjourn.  Ed second.  All yea.  The time is 10:01 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

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Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk