Thurston Board of Public Affairs

Meeting Minutes

January 10, 2006




The meeting was called to order by Lowell @ 6:35 P.M.


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


Visitors present:  JoAnn Hite, Michelle Shumaker (Village Secretary), Mary Barber (Mayor)


Bev made a motion to approve the December 2005, meeting minutes.  Laura second. All yea. 


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


Bev asked about the Farrell issue from last month.  Lowell said he hadn’t heard from him.  He has not contacted anyone at the Village.  Bev made a motion to table the issue until next month’s meeting.  Laura second.  All yea.


The board discussed the increase in water rates by Baltimore.  They did it in December, 2005.  Lowell said we need to increase our rates.  Aaron explained the ability to increase is already defined in our Ordinance 2005-11, which set the rate at $5.00 per 1000 gallons, “or the product of 1.525 times the then current price of 1,000 gallons of water purchased from the Village of Baltimore, Ohio, whichever amount is greater.”


Laura made a motion to have the Walnut Creek Sewer District make the change in their computer system to reflect this new rate ($5.34 per 1000 gallons) as of the next billing cycle.  Bev second.  All yea.


Lowell asked about the water contract with Walnut Creek Sewer District (WCSD) – if we had done any work on it.  Aaron said that Lowell had previously said to “hold off” on it, so nothing’s been done.  Lowell said that nothing’s been done about it at WCSD, either.  A copy of the contract was sent home with everyone at their December meeting.  The board discussed the contract issues, and the details of what work is performed by the WCSD under the contract.  Lowell said we’ll wait and see what the WCSD does.


Mary Barber said she doesn’t agree with the board’s action on tabling the Farrell issue, but that he should pay what is due.  She said he should also be made to install an external shutoff switch.  Aaron said the procedures and policies were already passed last year that demanded that either the landlord install a separate, external switch; or he leaves the account in the landlord’s name. 


Bev made a motion to adjourn. Laura second.  All yea.  Time is 7:55 P.M.


Respectfully Submitted,




Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk