Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

April 12, 2007

 

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

 

Mary asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of past Councilman Roger Aubery.

 

Roll call:          Robert Ortman – Present

Warren Simpson – Present

Ed Vanek – Present

Vickie Carroll - Present

Laura Clark – Present

Mary Barber – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present

1 Open Council Seat

 

Mary asked if anyone present was interested in the open Council seat.  No one answered.

 

Mary asked if anyone present was interested in the open Walnut Creek Sewer district seat.  JoAnn Hite raised her hand.

 

Robert made a motion to open nominations.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Mary asked if anyone on council wished to make any nominations.  No one did.

 

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

 

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

 

Michael Betts was present from GGC Engineers.  He said it’s time to apply for CDBG grant, which the county administers.  Council agreed at this time to have GGC apply for grants for water sourcing and a handicap ramp for the municipal building.

 

Michael said the water source project would analyze different solutions, their feasibility and financial concerns.  He just took measurements tonight for the handicap ramp, and will come back later with final numbers.  He estimates around $15,000 - $20,000.  He said the Community Assessment & Strategy Form needs completed.  Council went over the form with him and it was completed.  Michelle Shumaker will be the Village contact for the grants.

 

Rita Reinchield had come in late and asked to address Council.  Council allowed this.  She spoke concerning the church sign at the Fairfield Baptist Church.  She said it’s hard to turn off of Old Millersport Road onto State Route 256 because the sign is blocking clear vision.  Rita said she’s contacted a couple of people there, but didn’t get anywhere with the issue.  Ed directed Aaron to write a letter to the church asking it be moved and offering our services to perform the task.

 

Robert made a motion to approve the March 2007 minutes.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to approve the March 15, 2007 special meeting minutes.  Laura second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to approve the March 2007 financial statement.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-4, An Ordinance limiting the amount reimbursed for mileage for Village employees.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Robert made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Resolution 2007-9, A Resolution authorizing the mayor of the Village of Thurston, State of Ohio, to submit an application and execute contracts on behalf of the Village of Thurston concerning the Fairfield County Regional Planning Commission’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the declaration of an emergency.  Laura second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to adopt Resolution 2007-9, A Resolution authorizing the mayor of the Village of Thurston, State of Ohio, to submit an application and execute contracts on behalf of the Village of Thurston concerning the Fairfield County Regional Planning Commission’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the declaration of an emergency.  Warren second.  All yea.

 

Report from Fire Chief – Jim Hite was present and submitted the report.  Jim brought two names to Council to be put on the department.  Ed made a motion to appoint Brett Bowen and John Lambrecht to the fire department.  Robert second.  All yea.

 

Council discussed the fact that they trust Jim’s ability to hire qualified personnel and don’t feel he needs to bring to Council for approval.

 

Jim said with the new full-time schedule, they might have three EMS personnel on duty at a time.  Jimmy Barber explained the difference between squad and EMS personnel and defined what manpower would be needed.  Jim said the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette did a story today with the duty crew.  It will be in this weekend’s paper.

 

Jim said that Chelsea Buchanan was an explorer on the department a few years ago.  She’s now in school to become a trauma nurse.  She’d like to run with our department.  Ed said the chief should have the say of whether she’s on or not.  Aaron explained the old Council procedure of Council approving appointees to the department.  Jim said he’d like to keep the process as it is for part-timers.

 

Ed made a motion to appoint Chelsea Buchanan to the fire department.  Warren second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to appoint Tracy Ross, Steven Lavender, James Wright, Jason Majoros & Brandon Taylor to the fire department.  Laura second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to allow the old truck that was taken out of service to be advertised.  Laura second.  All yea.

 

Report from the Service Committee:   Robert said they met Wednesday, April 4th.  Present were Laura Clark, Ed Vanek, Bob Black and Robert Ortman.  They went over bids for storm sewer repair on First St.  They recommend David Price be given the job.  They also went over the bids for the Municipal Building Soffit project.  They recommend The Window Man be given the job.  Robert said Bill Watson opened and closed a grave in the cemetery and it’s pretty torn up.  Michelle called him and he said he’d be back to clean it up.

 

Report from the Safety Committee:   Ed said they met on Monday, April 2nd at 7:30 at the firehouse.  Present were Pauline Ety, Sonny Dupler, Ralph Zollinger, Walter Gabriel, Mary Barber, Robert Ortman, Jim Hite, Jamie Carroll and Ed Vanek.  Tarlton is interested in our old radios.  Discussed the minimum level they would let the tanker go for ($8,000).

 

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 no business to discuss.

 

Old Business –  Council discussed the bids for the storm sewer repair on First St.  Ed made a motion to accept the bid from David Price.  Laura second.  All yea.

 

Council discussed the bids for the Municipal Building Soffit project.  Robert made a motion to accept the bid from the Window Man.  Ed second.  All yea.

 

Aaron brought up water rates and the need for an increase.  Michelle had been talking with Dennis Rose of the Baltimore Water Department, but the meter hasn’t been calibrated yet, and she’s heard nothing as of today.  Lowell Hite said he didn’t know when the meter at the pumphouse had been calibrated.  Council took no further action on the subject.

 

Aaron brought up the Walnut Creek Sewer District (WCSD) contract. He asked everyone to go over it and bring any issues/changes to the next meeting.  We really need to get a contract in place.

 

Mary said Jack Wagner (mayor of Pleasantville) is working with Pleasantville Council to decide a date to meet with our Council to discuss sourcing our water from Pleasantville.  Mary will let everyone know when there will be a special meeting.

 

Old Business – none

 

Jim Hite asked Council if they would go into Executive Session to discuss possible legal issues and personnel issues at the fire department.  Warren made a motion to go into Executive Session for those reasons.  Laura second.  All yea.  The time is 9:10 p.m.

 

At 10:35 p.m., Ed made a motion to come out of Executive Session.  Laura second.  All yea.

 

Ed made a motion to adjourn.  Vickie second.  All yea.  Time is 10:36 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

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Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk