Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

December 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

 

Visitors:  Lowell & JoAnn Hite, Steve Reedy, Carl Stalder, Kent Leitnaker, Jamie Carroll

 

Mary asked if any visitors wanted to speak.  Carl Stalder was present from Walnut Creek Sewer District Board.  He said that the attorneys need to get together to discuss the contract for the land the WCSD is letting Thurston use.  Mary said she knows.

 

No one else wanted to speak.

 

Mary said they were going to discuss the open seat on the Walnut Creek Sewer District Board, but there are not enough Council Members present to vote.  A majority is needed, but two of the members desire to be placed into the position, so they can’t vote.  That leaves only two people left who can vote.  On advice of our Solicitor, we are going to hold off on this position and hold a special meeting on Monday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. regarding this issue, and some others.

 

Council agreed to hold a special meeting to discuss the open seat on the Board of the Walnut Creek Sewer District, to discuss fire department personnel issues, and to take care of year-end financial matters.  Everyone agreed on Monday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Kevin made a motion to approve the November 2005 minutes.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

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

 

Robert made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Resolution #2005-23 – A Resolution declaring the lack of need for maintaining the policy department levy, the repealing of such levy, and the declaration of an emergency.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Warren made a motion to adopt Resolution #2005-23 – A Resolution declaring the lack of need for maintaining the policy department levy, the repealing of such levy, and the declaration of an emergency.    Rita second.  All yea.

 

Ordinance 2005-24 – An Ordinance amending ordinance 9-24-89 by increasing tapping fees for water service and the declaration of an emergency was brought up.  Kevin made a motion to table the Ordinance for further discussion.  Roger second.  All yea.

 

Final Reading for Ordinance 2005-22.  Warren made a motion to adopt Ordinance #2005-22, An Ordinance Declaring the Salary Disbursement Schedule for the Position of Village Secretary.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Report from Fire Chief – Assistant Chief Mike King was not present.  Jamie Carroll passed out run reports and the 2006 budget.  Jamie said they were having a potluck Christmas dinner at the firehouse on December 17th at 7:00 p.m.  Council is invited.  Jamie said Santa will be at the firehouse on Saturday, December 18th from 1 – 4 p.m.  They will be passing out candy and giving rides.  Robert made a motion to approve the 2006 budget for the fire department as presented, pending the approval of the Walnut Township Trustees.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Jamie requested Council go into Executive Session so he could address personnel issues.  Robert made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss fire department personnel issues.  Warren second.  All yea.  The time is 7:44 p.m.

 

At 8:05 p.m., Warren made a motion to come out of executive session.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Report from the Service Committee:  Robert said they met on December 7th.  Bob Ortman, Kevin Ety, Mary Barber, Ed Vanek, Bob Black and Ernie Harter were present.  They discussed replacing the furnace on the west side of the building.  Michelle is getting more quotes.  Ernie has been talking to the folks from the Primitive Baptist Church and keeping those doors open.

 

Report from the Safety Committee:  Rita wasn’t present, but Robert had her notes.  They met on December 5th, and discussed the open chief’s position.  Rita, Ed, Robert and Mary were present.

 

Report from the Finance Committee:  Meeting December 12th, after the special meeting.

 

Report from the Rules Committee:  Didn’t meet. 

 

Report from the Regional Planning Representative:  Robert didn’t make it to the meeting.

 

Old Business – Robert asked about the catch basin repairs.  Steve said we should wait until spring.  Mary said that Congrove would start the roof on the Street Building after the first of the year.  Steve asked about the status of police protection in the Village.  Mary said there is nothing new on that.

 

New Business  - Aaron said the water contract with the Walnut Creek Sewer District is up on February 27, 2006.  Ed made a motion to request the WCSD have a new proposal to the Council by December 31, 2005.  Kevin second.  All yea.  Everyone felt this was a reasonable request given we have to look into all our options.

 

Aaron brought a list to Council that was given to him by Jamie Carroll for payment to the fire department volunteers.  Jamie said it’s the new point system.  The list only contains names and how much to pay them.  No one signed off on the request and the point system is not documented.  Aaron asked if Council was okay with him paying these amounts which total around $3,500.  Council said there is not enough information to determine how the point system works.  They felt uneasy just paying from a list of names.  Ed made a motion to table the issue.  Warren second.  All yea.

 

Michelle Shumaker said the windows in the Council chambers have been thick with ice.  It melts and causes puddles on the floor.  Bob Black bought some thick plastic for one window to test it.  It’s working well.  Would like to put on all other windows.  Council had no problem with the request. 

 

Ed made a motion to adjourn.  Warren second.  All yea.  The time is 8:30 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

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Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk