Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

February 9, 2006

 

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 - Present

Mary Barber – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present

 

Mary asked if any visitors wished to speak.

 

Margie Leitnaker was present to discuss a couple of issues.  She is also concerned about members who have been members of the department for years and now, according to the new guidelines, will not be eligible as officers.  She is requesting that current officers be grandfathered in as officers. She is also concerned about how her son, Kent, is treated at the Fire Department.  He is being verbally abused.  She said he has a learning disability, but doesn’t deserve to be bullied and called lazy.  Margie wanted to speak past her 5 minutes.  Ed made a motion to override Rules of Council and allow Margie to continue speaking.  Rita second.  All yea.  Margie continued on the same topic.  Chief Jim Hite was present and said he will watch the situation and stop it from happening.  He said it will no longer be tolerated. 

 

Owen Keller was present and wished to speak.  Back in June of 2005, he presented a request to move property lines around on two of his properties; splitting the lots the other way.  Ed asked how the neighbors feel about the request.  He asked if we could get the neighbors to sign something stating that they feel it’s okay.  Owen said it’s been that way for twenty years, nobody should have a problem with it.  Council reviewed the plans again.  Kevin said he’d also like to see some sort of petition from the neighbors saying they are okay with it, and that Council just needs to cover all bases.  Owen said he brought this in last June – will this go on till next June?

Owen said he’s not going to go through getting signatures of other neighbors, he can’t see why anyone would object.  Mary said she already had one complaint, and doesn’t want to other complaints.  Rita said it wouldn’t hurt to find out what the neighbors think.  Ed moved to table the subject for another month.  Warren second.  All yea.  Robert abstained.

 

Felix Zabonik was present to discuss his property at 8140 High Street.  He needs to take out part of the new sidewalk to fix the sewer line.  Aaron said a $5,000 bond is needed for the work.  Council was okay with this.

 

At 7:55 p.m., Ed made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss the contract with the Village Solicitor.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

At 8:07 p.m., Ed made a motion to come out of Executive Session.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Greg Grube was present and wished to speak.  He said he’s been on the department since 1988 and wants to do fire runs, but doesn’t feel Council has the authority to tell a volunteer to go for EMS training.

 

Mary said we spent all last year straightening up the fire department.  We needed to get standards put in place to help chief manage the department. 

 

Rita made a motion to approve the January 2006 minutes.  Warren second.  All yea.

Ed make a motion to approve the January 31, 2006 special meeting minutes.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to approve the January 2006 financial statement.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Robert made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for 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.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Kevin made a motion to adopt 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 second.  All yea.

 

Report from Fire Chief – Jim Hite submitted his report - see attached. 

 

Chris Ferris and Brian Dietz were brought before Council for approval to put them on the department. 

 

Ed made a motion that is approved for Christopher P. Ferris and Brian J. Dietz to be put on the Fire Department.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss fire department personnel issues.  Kevin second.  All yea.  The time is 8:35 p.m.

 

At 9:15 p.m., Ed made a motion to come out of Executive Session.  Kevin second.  All yea.

 

Report from the Service Committee:  Robert said Ed Vanek and Mary Barber were present.  The discussed the siding to be put on the First Street building.  They discussed that they want to do a clean up there.  They also were asked to recommend a furnace option to the Council.  They did.  Council reviewed the options. 

 

Kevin made a motion to accept the dual-zone furnace proposal from David White Services for $6,377.00.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Kevin made a motion to pay for the project from the for following funds:

            1000 (General)                        $4,000

            2011 (Street)                           $  500

            2021 (State Hwy)                    $  500

            2101 (MVLT)                           $  500

            5101 (Water)                           $  877

Ed second.  All yea.

 

Report from the Safety Committee:  Rita said that Susan Hite from the VFW said they might be able to help with flags on light posts for the Village.  She said we’ll need special brackets.  Mayor and at least one council person will need to go before their board to request the flags.  They meet on the first and third Thursdays. 

 

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 that concerned the Village.

 

 

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.  They sent a letter saying it would be the same as the last one.  Council discussed alternatives.  Reviewed figures received from Baltimore.  Council discussed pros/cons of such a contract.  Council asked Aaron to get more information from Marsha Hall, possibly a tentative contract, for Council to review.

 

Council discussed the color of the siding for the First Street building.  The majority agreed on white.

 

New Business  - Jim Hite asked if Council ever passed a resolution to run EMS services.  Aaron and Robert said they don’t remember ever doing so.  Jim said he talked to Basil Joint Fire District about using their ladder to fix the part of our roof that’s falling apart.  He said Chief Hamilton didn’t see a problem with that.

 

Rita made a motion to adjourn.  Ed second.  All yea.  The time is 10:11 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

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Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk