Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

January 12, 2006

 

Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm by Robert Ortman.  Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 

 

Roll call:          Robert Ortman – Present

Roger Aubery – Absent

Warren Simpson – Present

Ed Vanek - Present

Kevin Ety – Present

Rita Leiendecker - Present

Mary Barber – Absent

Aaron Reedy – Present

 

Rita made a motion to open nominations for Council President.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Kevin made a motion to nominate Robert Ortman for Council President.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Rita made a motion to nominate Ed Vanek for Council President.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Kevin made a motion to close nominations for Council President.  Warren second.  All yea.

 

Council decided to vote by secret ballot.  Robert got 3 votes, Ed got 2.

 

Ed made a motion to appoint Robert Ortman as Council President.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Felix Zabonik was present to discuss his purchasing of the building on the corner of High St. & Third St.  He is putting gravel behind the building, up to the sidewalk and says he will be driving over the sidewalk.  Ed said that would be no problem, as long as he is not messing up the sidewalk, and is putting gravel on both sides of walk.  Council all agreed.

 

Felix said he is putting a roll-off dumpster out for a couple of weeks and would like to put it on Third St.  It will be there for no more than a month.  He asked Council about signage for his business.  Ed said there are no ordinances for signs – just be responsible.  Council all agree these things were fine.

 

Tim Moore was present.  He said he owns 20 acres north of the village and is considering annexation.  He’s planning on creating a controlled residential area.  It might be 9 2-acre lots, depending on water/sewer availability – he might make them smaller lots.  He plans on implementing deed restrictions and creating higher-end homes.  Aaron said we would check on annexation procedures and get back with him.

 

Rita made a motion to approve Committee Assignments as appointed by the Mayor.  Warren second.  All yea, except Ed voting no.

 

Ed made a motion to accept Council meeting and Committee meeting dates/times as submitted (same as last year).  Ed second.   All yea.

 

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

 

Ed make a motion to approve the December 12, 2005 special meeting minutes.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Kevin made a motion to approve the December 2005 financial statement.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance #2006-1 – An Ordinance Establishing an Appropriations Ordinance for the Fiscal year Ending December 31, 2006 and the declaration of an emergency.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Kevin made a motion to adopt Ordinance #2006-1 – An Ordinance Establishing an Appropriations Ordinance for the Fiscal year Ending December 31, 2006 and the declaration of an emergency.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Kevin made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance #2006-2 – An Ordinance to adopt “Rules of Council” and the declaration of an emergency.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Warren made a motion to adopt Ordinance #2006-2 – An Ordinance to adopt “Rules of Council” and the declaration of an emergency.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Rita made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance #2006-3 – An Ordinance to amend the 2005 Appropriations Ordinance and the declaration of an emergency.  Warren second.  All yea.

 

Kevin made a motion to adopt Ordinance #2006-3 – An Ordinance to amend the 2005 Appropriations Ordinance and the declaration of an emergency.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Aaron presented Ordinance # 2006-4, An Ordinance to reappoint a village solicitor for the Village of Thurston, Ohio, to fix the compensation to be paid, and the declaration of an emergency.  Ed made a motion to table Ordinance 2006-4.  Warren second.  All yea.

 

Warren made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance #2006-5 – An Ordinance renewing the contract to Waste Management for a three-year period for the collection, transportation, and disposal of residential garbage and refuse and the declaration of an emergency.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to adopt Ordinance #2006-5 – An Ordinance renewing the contract to Waste Management for a three-year period for the collection, transportation, and disposal of residential garbage and refuse and the declaration of an emergency.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

 

Report from Fire Chief – Jim Hite submitted his report - see attached.  Jim said Walnut Township has some questions about the budget.  He said they also want a quarterly report for expenses and a chief’s report.  Jim asked if personnel could use Thurston equipment at other fire departments.  Council agreed that our equipment should stay here, and not be used at other departments.  Jim said there were 15 fire runs in December; 16 EMS runs in December; and 213 EMS runs for the year 2005.

 

Ed said he wants folks to take testing to be certified before taking another class.  Jim said sometimes that’s how the state schedules them.

 

Ed made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss fire department personnel issues.  Kevin second.  All yea.  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.

 

Ed made a motion to set the training limit to 18 months to get current officers qualified for the positions they are holding.  It can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis if time needs to be extended.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to allow field promotion in case of an emergency situation until a testing procedure for officers is put in place.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Rita asked who makes up the officer’s test.  Jim said we can make up our own, or we can get some from the state fire institutions.

 

Report from the Service Committee:  Robert said Ed Vanek, Bob Black & Steve Reedy were present.  Bob Black said he put a new baseboard heater in the bathroom and new Exit light on the back door.  Ernie would like to get the garbage pile cleaned up in the cemetery.  He also wants to measure grave lots and put up flags.

 

Report from the Safety Committee:  Ed Vanek, Bob Ortman and Rita Leiendecker were present.  They discussed the loose board on the soffet on the bell tower.  Also discussed putting some flags up around town.  They feel we need to start recognizing veterans in the cemetery.

 

Report from the Finance Committee:  Didn’t meet.

 

Report from the Rules Committee:  Didn’t meet. 

 

Report from the Regional Planning Representative:  Robert due to lack of anything to discuss, they didn’t have a meeting.

 

Old Business –  Aaron said the water contract with the Walnut Creek Sewer District expires February 27, 2006, and we haven’t got new contract information like we requested.  Discussed alternatives.

 

Council reviewed bids received for replacement furnace for the municipal building.  Robert referred the bids to the Service Committee for review and recommendation.

 

New Business  - Aaron said our insurance renews 3/15/06 and asked if we wanted to look at other companies.  It only leaves us a couple days to do so.  Council said to stay with PEP for now and look at other options in November of this year.

 

Aaron discussed the cemetery issue, records have not been kept up well.  He said we’ll need someone to do some corrections, we’ll look at it in the spring.

 

Kevin made a motion to adjourn.  Warren second.  All yea.  The time is 9:50 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

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Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk