Thurston Board of Public Affairs

Meeting Minutes

July 12, 2005


The meeting was called to order by Lowell @ 6:40 P.M.


Roll call:Lowell Hite, present; Bev Reese, present; Laura Clark, present; Aaron Reedy, present.


Visitors: Rita Leiendecker, Council; Warren Simpson, Council; Mary Barber, Mayor;

JoAnn Hite.


Laura made a motion to approve the June 2005, meeting minutes.Bev second. All yea.Lowell explained that the $75 meter fee referred to in those minutes is charged by the Trailor Court to itís residents; not by the Village.


Bev made a motion to accept the June 2005 Financial Statement.Laura second. All yea.


Michelle Shumaker wrote a memo to the BOPA regarding Owen Keller.Aaron read it aloud.In general, he objected to having to pay water/sewer deposits for any new connections on his property.He said he would not come to the BOPA or Council meetings to discuss any issues, but the Village should do what they have to do.Rita Leiendecker said Owen stopped at her house and discussed several issues.No action was taken.


BOPA went over the letter from the Walnut Creek Sewer District regarding aligning our policies and procedures with Pleasantville so there are one set of standards.Laura made a motion to leave the billing and collection policies and procedures just as they are, there is no need to change it.Bev second.All yea.


Rita was present to discuss her water bill.She feels it is too high.Latest bill was for 11,000 gallons, and it hasnít been that high as long as she can remember. Sheís checked for leaks, and they arenít using any more than normal.Lowell explained that previous readings had been estimated because her meter was broke.They had replaced the meter and now itís recording actual usage.He explained that her old meter was installed in 1982, and it was not recording correctly.He said the new meter should be right, and offered to install a new one.Rita said letís wait and see what the next reading is.


Lowell said that Tim Moore on Old Millersport Road had a leak while the house was empty.The Freeze-out plug popped out of the meter, no one was there, so it leaked around 20,000 gallons.Lowell had shut off the water due to the leak.This was caused by a faulty meter.Laura made a motion to waive excess water/sewer charges and just charge the monthly minimum since the house was empty.Bev second.All yea.


Lowell went over the list of zero-gallon readings and pool adjustments.Some meters in the trailer court arenít working.The meters in the trailer court are owned by the trailer court, not the Village.Aaron suggested sending letters to those folks to tell them to fix them, or offer our services to do it, for a fee.Lowell said heíd get with one of the accountholders to fix it.


Rita said Bob Ortman wanted her to pass along a complaint.On his and the Prather property, a drainage tile was busted, and water is laying on the ground and it needs fixed.Lowell said itís a drainage issue, not a BOPA issue.Lowell also said itís private property, not Village responsibility.


Discussed unfinished tasks from projects on Long St. & Third St.

Bev made a motion to adjourn. Laura second.All yea.Time-7:50 P.M.



Respectfully Submitted,




Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk