Thurston Board of Public Affairs

Meeting Minutes

February 14, 2006




The meeting was called to order by Lowell @ 6:37 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 nominate Lowell Hite for Board President.Laura second.All yea.Meeting time will stay the same.


Laura made a motion to approve the January 2006, meeting minutes.Bev second. All yea.


Bev made a motion to accept the January 2006 Financial Statement.Laura second. All yea.


Ron Clouse was present (Account 47).He said he got a huge water bill, and doesnít think he deserves it.The bill was for $601.14 ($93.80 previous balance, $601.14 current balance).Ron asked for his water to be shut off in December of 2005, but Lowell couldnít shut it off.Lowell said when it gets warm weather, heís going to install a new shut-off valve.Lowell said this is our fault because Ron asked for it to be shut off, but we canít.Ron said heís shut the water off at the valve inside the house where the water comes into the building, and it isnít leaking now.Lowellís checked the meter Ė itís not running now.


Laura made a motion to waive the $300.69 water fee.Bev second.All yea.Pending Walnut Creek Sewer District (WCSD) approval of waiving the sewer portion, Ron Clouse should only have to pay $29.90 current month, plus $93.80 previous balance for a total of $123.70.


Lowell said we havenít heard anything from Jim Farrell regarding his previous request.Bev made a motion to send a letter to Jim Farrell giving him 10 days to make a decision.He can either install an external shut-off for both apartments that BOPA has access to; or 2) put both accounts in his name.If we donít hear from him within those 10 days, the accounts will be put in his name.At that time, we will refund the deposit for Casto.Laura second.All yea.


Michelle said John Kinder brought in the paperwork that the USDA Rural Development said is past due.John feels it should be Baltimoreís responsibility to complete it since they deliver the water.The report was originally due back in November, and they have been calling for it.Aaron said Thurston buys itís water from Baltimore, so Thurston is the delivering agent, and the WCSD is under contract to be responsible for these things.Aaron asked Michelle to contact USDA and ask what is realistically and minimally needed.


Michelle said Frost moved out, and the account is in Evans name now.Lowell said just wait and see if he pays the bill next month.If it gets shut off, weíll make him pay the deposit then.


Michelle said the Robert Wise account Ė his meter readings are up and down.Sometimes itís zero, sometimes 5100 gallons.How can there be a zero reading?Lowell said the readout doesnít work sometimes.Michelle said there were some on the zero-read list: Denise Boyer, Charlie Miller, Bernard Franks.Lowell said he needs to check them.


Lowell said the water contract is up on February 27th with WCSD.He asked what do we want to do?Mary said Council pretty much tabled the issue.Lowell said WCSD was satisfied with the contract the way it was.No action was taken.


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


Respectfully Submitted,




Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk