Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

March 9, 2006

 

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

 

Roll call:          Robert Ortman – Present

Warren Simpson – Present

Ed Vanek – Present

Rita Leiendecker - Present

Mary Barber – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present

2 open council seats

 

Aaron announced that Roger Aubery and Kevin Ety had resigned from Council and a sign was posted asking for applicants to come to tonight’s meeting.

 

Rita made a motion to open nominations for the two empty Council seats.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Robert made a motion to nominate Steve Reedy, Laura Clark and Vickie Carroll for the empty Council seats.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Warren made a motion to close nominations.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Warren made a motion to vote via secret ballot.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

The first vote is for the first empty seat left by Roger Aubery, term ending 12/31/2009.  Aaron collected the ballots.  2 votes for Steve Reedy, 1 for Laura Clark, 1 for Vickie Carroll. 

 

Robert made a motion to appoint Steve Reedy to the open council seat left by Roger Aubery, term ending 12/31/2009.  Rita second.  All yea.  Mayor Barber swore Steve Reedy in to office.

 

The second vote is for the empty seat left by Kevin Ety, term ending 12/31/2007.  Aaron collected the ballots.  3 votes for Laura Clark, 2 votes for Vickie Carroll. 

 

Warren made a motion to appoint Laura Clark to the open council seat left by Kevin Ety, term ending 12/31/2007.  Robert second.  All yea.  Laura submitted her resignation from the Board of Public Affairs.  Mayor Barber swore Laura Clark in to office.

 

Mary asked if any visitors wished to speak.  No one did.

 

Warren made a motion to approve the February 2006 minutes.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Robert made a motion to approve the February 2006 financial statement.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Resolution #2006-6, A Resolution authorizing the transfer of funds and the declaration of an emergency.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Rita made a motion to adopt Resolution #2006-6, A Resolution authorizing the transfer of funds and the declaration of an emergency.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Robert made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Resolution #2006-7, A Resolution authorizing the transfer of funds and the declaration of an emergency.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to adopt Resolution #2006-7, A Resolution authorizing the transfer of funds and the declaration of an emergency.  Warren second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance #2006-8, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 9-24-89 by increasing tapping fees for water service and the declaration of an emergency.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to adopt Ordinance #2006-8, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 9-24-89 by increasing tapping fees for water service and the declaration of an emergency.  Rita second.  All yea, except for Warren Simpson voting no.

 

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

 

Ed made a motion to declare the list surplus equipment in the Chief’s Report dated March 2006 as surplus equipment and okay to sell or dispose of.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to approve $154.58 in funds to be paid out in payroll for Mike Jackson, John Shirk, Rusty Hines, Shannon Meloy and Beth Gilkerson, who were not properly paid as part of the 2005 salary disbursement; and to apply $99.56 that should be paid to Cody Jackson back into the Fire Fund to help reimburse for training expenses that he did not complete his contract period for.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Rita congratulated Jamie Carroll on his appointment as Assistant Chief.

 

Report from the Service Committee:  Robert said they couldn’t meet.  Michelle left a note – Nancy Wright at 8045 Broad Street said she’d like to have gravel in the alley between Broad and Oak Streets.

 

Report from the Safety Committee:  Rita said they met March 6th at the Fire House  - those present were Rita, Robert Ortman, Ed Vanek, Jim Hite, Alan Duper, Walter Gabriel and Pauline Ety.  They discussed general fire department issues.  Chief Hite said they are still working on the duty crews and training is going well.  Ed told the Trustees that we put money from the Fire Fund into a CD, as previously discussed.  Trustees felt everything was going well.

 

 

Report from the Finance Committee:  Didn’t meet.

 

Report from the Rules Committee:  Didn’t meet. 

 

Report from the Regional Planning Representative:  Robert said they had a presentation on Block Grant funds.  Funds have been chopped and they only have $230,000 to distribute this year.

 

Old Business –  Aaron said Baltimore is preparing a water contract for Council to review.  Walnut Creek Sewer District is leaving their contract as-is – they want no changes.

 

Bob Black had told members of Council that we did not need the dual-system furnace that was previously approved by Council and thought it was overkill.

 

Robert made a motion to take a short recess.  Ed second.  All yea.  The time is 8:15 p.m.

 

At 8:25 p.m., Ed made a motion to come back into session.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Council discussed the furnace issue.  Ed made a motion to reconsider the previous decision regarding the new furnace for the Municipal Building since the Village signed no contracts obligating them to contract with David White and that there may not be a necessity for that level of a system.  Laura second.  All yea.

 

Council discussed the furnace need more.  Robert made a motion to rescind the previous decision to go with the David White furnace proposal.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to table the issue for further discussion.  Laura second.  All yea.

 

New Business  - Council reviewed two proposals for mowing services – one from C&C Lawn Care Services and one from C&S Lawn Care.  Ed made a motion to accept the proposal from C&C Lawn Care Services; $35 for each mow at the municipal building, $35.00 for each mow at the firehouse, $80.00 for each mow at the cemetery.  Rita second.  All yea.

 

Jim Hite asked about inland marina coverage.  Michelle had a call into the insurance company about it, but hasn’t heard back.  She’ll follow-up again.

 

Michelle said there was a hole in the road at 256 made by Columbia Gas.  She has called them three times.  They say they will send someone, but they haven’t.  She’s hoping to hear something more soon. 

 

Michelle said she still hasn’t heard from Susan Lent at Waste Management regarding a trash bin for the First Street building. 

 

Mary asked the Service Committee to consider contacting the railroad folks about cars not loading up at 3:00 in the morning.

 

Warren made a motion to adjourn.  Rita second.  All yea.  The time is 8:50 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

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Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk