Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

November 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

Vickie Carroll - Present

Steve Reedy – Present

Laura Clark – Present

Mary Barber – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present

 

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

 

Steve made a motion to approve the October 2006 minutes.  Warren second.  All yea.

 

Robert made a motion to approve the October 17, 2006 special meeting minutes.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Steve made a motion to approve the October 2006 financial statement.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to waive payment to Council for the October 17, 2006 special meeting.  Steve second.  All yea.

 

Robert made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance 2006-21, An Ordinance to amend the 2006 appropriations ordinance and the declaration of an emergency.  Laura second.  All yea.

 

Laura made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2006-21, An Ordinance to amend the 2006 appropriations ordinance and the declaration of an emergency.  Steve second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance 2006-22 – An Ordinance authorizing the mayor and clerk-treasurer to enter into a contract with Wynn Fire & Rescue Equipment Company for the purchase of a new water tanker truck for the Thurston Walnut Township Fire Department, without formal bidding and advertising for contracts and the declaration of an emergency.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Warren made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2006-22 – An Ordinance authorizing the mayor and clerk-treasurer to enter into a contract with Wynn Fire & Rescue Equipment Company for the purchase of a new water tanker truck for the Thurston Walnut Township Fire Department, without formal bidding and advertising for contracts and the declaration of an emergency.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance 2006-23 – An Ordinance authorizing the mayor and clerk-treasurer to enter into a lease-purchase agreement with Fairfield National Bank for the lease-purchase of a new water tanker truck for the Thurston Walnut Township Fire Department and the declaration of an emergency.  Laura second.  All yea.

 

Robert made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2006-23 – An Ordinance authorizing the mayor and clerk-treasurer to enter into a lease-purchase agreement with Fairfield National Bank for the lease-purchase of a new water tanker truck for the Thurston Walnut Township Fire Department and the declaration of an emergency.  Steve second.  All yea.

 

 

 

Report from Fire Chief – Jim Hite was not present, but he had previously submitted his report.  Jamie Carroll went over it (see attached).   Aaron said he would send the point system for payment plan to the solicitor for review.

 

Jamie asked whose name would be on the title for the new tanker.  Ed made a motion that it be put in the name of the Village of Thurston.  Steve second.  All yea.

 

Report from the Service Committee:  Robert said there was a joint meeting of the Safety and Service committees on November 1st.  The following people were present for that meeting:  Laura Clark, Ed Vanek, Robert Ortman, Vickie Carroll, Steve Reedy, Michelle Shumaker, Aaron Reedy, Jim Hite, Lowell Hite, and JoAnn Hite.  Robert said they discussed the gutter on the back of the municipal building being fixed.  Discussed Mark Evans apartment that has a hose draining out the front window onto the sidewalk, the back door is wide open, and the rear window is open.  Michelle will call Mark about all this.  Discussed getting new fire extinguishers from Lowes @ $38 each.  Steve mentioned it was time to get the catch basins cleaned, but that we should wait till all the leaves are down, then have Sureshot give us an estimate.

 

Robert said Michelle presented our contingency plans for the water system, and said it was time to review and update them.  EPA requires an annual review.  A certified operator is supposed to supply changes.  Walnut Creek Sewer District (WCSD) has a contract with Kinder – but that’s only an agreement to test the water and send monthly reports to the EPA.  They haven’t had anyone in that capacity for a couple of years.  Susan Applegate of the EPA said we really need a certified water operator.  The committees and Michelle discussed the contingency plans and made necessary changes.  They also completed the vulnerability assessment and the emergency response planning guide.

 

They discussed zero-reading accounts they have each month.  There are between nine and eleven each month.  The committees decided that the 2 meters at the trailer court that have zero-readings are to be replaced and a charge for the new meter put on their bill.  We charge $75.00 each.  Michelle will look into the cost of having the rest of the bad meters replaced.

 

Report from the Finance Committee:  Met October 30th.  Reviewed lease proposals for the new tanker.  Decided to go with Fairfield National Bank.

 

Report from the Rules Committee:  Didn’t meet. 

 

Report from the Regional Planning Representative:  Robert said nothing that concerned the Village.

 

Old Business –  Steve asked if Parrott Electric had been called about the burned-out light in front of the municipal building.  Aaron said he would check. 

 

Council directed the Clerk to write a letter to Mark Evans instructing him to remove the hose from the front of his house that is connected to his sump pump and that is discharging water onto the sidewalk.

 

New Business  - Mary asked if anyone had seen the flag and flagpole that is missing from the electric pole across the street from the municipal building.  No one knew.  Mary thanked Jim Watkins, Jamie Carroll, and Steve Reedy for installing all the flags and flagpoles throughout the Village.

 

Steve made a motion to extend the C&C Lawncare 2006 contract for lawncare for calendar year 2007 at the same rate as 2006.  Laura second.  All yea, with Ed voting no.

Jamie Carroll wanted to know if one of the old fire trucks is taken out of service, can the department sell it to the Thurston Firefighters Association, or would it have to go out for bid?  Aaron will ask the solicitor.

 

Steve made a motion to adjourn.  Laura second.  All yea.  The time is 8:25 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

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Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk