Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

January 11, 2001



Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Hite.




Roll call:  Bob Ortman – Present; Nona Buskirk – Present; Ellen Taylor – Present; Roger Aubery – Present; Wendy Cooper – Present; Jo-Ann Hite – Present; Aaron Reedy – Present; 1 open council seat.


Kevin Ety asked for permission to put a 24’x40’ doublewide home on Chet Webb’s lot on 1st Street.  Will put it on Lot 9 which is 60’x100’.  Webb’s lot is Lot 8.  Ellen said as long as there is a 50’ frontage, it should be okay.  (Actually since it is an existing lot, the frontage doesn’t matter.)  Kevin is going to put in water & sewer.  Roger made a motion to okay the doublewide home on Lot 9.  Ellen second.  All Yea.


Ellen made a motion to adopt Resolution # 01-11-01-1 for interim appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures of the Village of Thurston for the first quarter of the fiscal year 2001 to end on March 31, 2001.  Roger second.  All Yea.


Mike handed out the proposed 2001 Budget for the Fire Department and explained the changes per line item.  The new budget total is decreased 1.48% from the 2000 budget.  The new budget is an increase of 13.5% over the actual 2000 expenditures.  Ellen made a motion to approve the proposed 2001 Budget for the Fire Department.  Tiny second.  All Yea.


Council discussed putting $20,000 out of the Fire Fund into a CD within the next few months.


EMT school started last Monday.  They have a total of 8 attending.  Roger made a motion to allow 8 firefighters to attend the EMT training.  Ellen second.  All yea.


Ellen made a motion to allow Jimmy Barber and Mike Jackson to attend firefighter 1C class that starts in February and ends by May 1.  The maximum allowed is $650 total.  Wendy second.  All yea.


Ellen made a motion to allow Greg Grube to attend firefighter 1B class that will be held at Basil Joint Fire District at up to $1000 total.  Bob second.  All Yea.


The medic has been in service for a month and transports the majority of the time.  Still waiting on some medication that was backordered.


Jimmy Barber needs a PO for medication for no more than $300.  He will call with the actual vendor.  Ellen made a motion to approve this PO.  Roger second.  All yea.


Jimmy said he would like to open a Blanket Certificate for medical supplies from certain vendors.  Aaron will open out of the medical supplies line item from the budget.


Mike said they have some new people on the fire department.  He will be getting us a new roster.


Mike will get us a list of names of those who are to be paid $20.00 for last year’s service.


Karl Grube had picked up some items from the Millersport Hardware and then returned them on behalf of the fire department.  Mike was warned that this was not allowed.  Only firefighters can do this.  Council wishes that only the officers would be allowed, but because of poor help at the hardware, there is no way to make this happen.  Mike will let Greg know about it.  It shouldn’t happen again.


Mike said that a check from the State will be here for a new PC soon for fire tracking software.  Mike was told that the check would have to be deposited before the PO was cut and the PC purchased.  Mike is send three people for training on the software.  The cost will be $15.00 total, payable to Treasurer, State of Ohio.


The brakes went out on the new medic and need a PO for repair.  The credit application will have to be filled out and faxed to Baltimore Truck & Trailer for the repair.


Mike was addressing Ellen during his time.  Mayor asked that Mike address all of Council, not just Ellen. 


Ellen made a motion to allow Jimmy Barber and Jimmy Bondaurant to go to the PALS class at the Basil Joint Fire District for $75.00 each.  Roger second.  All yea.


Nona made a motion to appoint Bob Ortman President Pro Tem of the Village Council.  Roger second.  All yea.


Nona made a motion to appoint Mary Barber to the open Council seat.  Roger second.  All yea.  Mary was sworn in by the Mayor and given a Village Handbook.


Ellen made a motion to approve the December minutes with correction.  Wendy second.  All yea.


Ellen made a motion to approve the December financial statement.  Nona second.  All yea.


Wendy did not return her handbook the last time she quit.  She’s lost it.  She said she would buy another one.


On 12/21/00, all the accounts were combined into the main account at Fairfield National Bank.


On 12/23/00, Mike Jackson went to the Mayor’s house to get the two keys to the Municipal Building.  He now has them and he was told that he is the only person to use the keys to the building.


The lien for Donald Seymour comes off on 1-10-01.  The lien for Larry Anders comes off on 1-30-01.  Six liens will come off in 2001.  The lawyer is preparing the ordinance.  Council will vote on it next month.


Everyone agreed to keep the meeting/committee dates and times the same.  First Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm will be committee meeting.  Second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm will be the Council meeting.


Aaron discussed his meetings with the clerks of Sugar Grove, Carroll and Millersport.  Appropriations need to be worked on next committee meeting.  The Clerk can write PO’s up to $1000 without Council approval if the money was previously appropriated for such use.  Starting next month, Council won’t have to sign each check approving the expenditure, rather a listing of the checks.  We may not have to pay the $1000 bill from the County Prosecutor.  JoAnn will verify with the Solicitor.  The villages listed above have websites that are very useful.  It might be a good idea to have one ourselves.  We could post the monthly financial reports, minutes, and Year End Reports.  Aaron will look into the costs.


Aaron faxed the legal notice to the paper on 1-10-01 stating the Year End Financial Reports are available for the public to review.


Roger made a motion that the clerk could purchase a small refrigerator, coffee maker & refreshment supplies for the Council room.  Nona second.  All yea.  Mayor will get with the Solicitor about preparing an ordinance to approve money for public use for refreshments.


Roger made a motion to purchase a CD for $15,000 out of the General Fund (1000).  Nona second.  All yea.

Roger made a motion to pay bills and adjourn.  Nona second.  All yea.






Respectfully Submitted,



Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk