Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

January 10, 2002



Meeting called to order at 7:03 pm by Mayor Hite.  Pledge was recited.


Roll call:  Robert Ortman – Present; Mary Barber – Present; Warren Simpson – Present; Jo-Ann Hite – Present; Aaron Reedy – Present.  There are 3 open seats on Council.


Those present at the meeting and interested in the 3 open Council seats were JT Hilliard, Nona Buskirk and Roger Aubery.  Laura Clark was also present, and interested in the open seat on the Board of Public Affairs.  All four gave a short speech on why they would like to be appointed to the respective positions.


The 3 residing Council members voted for the first open seat.  The vote was 2 for JT Hilliard, 1 for Roger Aubery.  JT Hilliard was appointed by Council and sworn in by Mayor Hite.  The 4 residing Council members voted for the second open seat.  The vote was 3 for Roger Aubery, 1 for Nona Buskirk.  Roger Aubery was appointed by Council and sworn in by Mayor Hite.  The 5 residing Council members voted for the last open seat.  The vote was 5 for Nona Buskirk.  Nona Buskirk was appointed and sworn in by Mayor Hite.  The 6 Council members voted unanimously to appoint Laura Clark to the Board of Public Affairs.


Mary made a motion to approve the December 2001 minutes.   Nona second.  All yea.


Warren made a motion to approve the December 2001 financial statement.  Roger second.  All yea.


Aaron announced that the Fire Department CD was up on the last day of the year.  Lowell and JoAnn did some checking around and found the best rate at Commodore Bank in Millersport.  Fifth Third agreed to match their rate, and will allow us to open another CD for a $10,000 for the same rate.  So we’ll leave everything at Fifth Third Bank.


JoAnn announced that Kim Duncan’s term on Council was up at the end of the year.  She decided not to be on Council anymore.  She turned in her book on 12/13/01.


Chief Mike Jackson was present to go over Fire Department business.  JoAnn told him she had several calls about older people in the Village not getting candy around Christmas as the Fire Department has always given in the past.  Mike wasn’t sure; he thought it had been delivered.  Mike asked for a list of who called so he can get something to them.  He apologized and said he didn’t mean to leave anybody out.


Mike said a question has arisen about how far the Village Solicitor would defend the Chief and/or the Fire Department in any sort of legal issue.  He called Jeff Feyko, and Jeff said he has no problem doing it, but he needs a resolution passed stating that he would do it.  Aaron will get the resolution drawn up by Feyko to vote on next month.


Mike brought up Owen Keller’s development.  He said a 3” line is not sufficient supply for a fire hydrant.  Owen told Mike that he has buyers for all 5 lots.  Owen, through his attorney, has agreed to remove the fire hydrant until a 6” line can be put in.  Mike said somebody needs to enlarge that line to 6”.  The Fire Department does not oppose a 3” line for water service to homes, but it is not good enough for a hydrant.


Mike said the hydrant that is there now needs to be bagged or removed.  It’s like having “false advertising” stating that it can be used.  The EPA has sent Owen a letter telling him to put in a flushing hydrant.  Mike said whoever owns the line needs to enlarge it.  If he doesn’t, the Fire Dept. won’t be able to provide fire protection.


Rob Hertz was present from the State Fire Marshall’s office.  He said an “out of service” tag can be put on the hydrant, but he would prefer that it not be there at all.


Mike said that on November 11, 2001, Tina Singleton submitted a request to the Mayor for forms, but she never got them.  JoAnn said Tina didn’t know what she wanted, and that Tina needed to be specific.  JoAnn said that she also has to pay for the records.  Mike said “We’re YOUR fire department,” and that they didn’t have to pay for the records.  A small argument ensued.  Mike said they want any document pertaining to Mr. Keller’s new development.  JoAnn said she’d get it all and take it up, but she thinks someone should sign for it.


Mike said that he was disappointed when he learned that the raise for Aaron had been voted down at the last meeting.  He said Aaron has been doing a great job, and putting in a lot of hours.


Mike announced that the old Walnut Township Trustees approved $11,000 to hire T&G Fire Services to do a study on fire protection in Millersport, Walnut Township, and Pleasantville.  They will be doing this study starting on the 19th of January.  They will be setting up interviews with Mayor, Council Members and others.  The interviews will take about 20 minutes a piece.  The results will go to the Walnut Twp. Trustees, who should then send a copy to the other entities involved.  Mike said he’s not afraid of the survey – it can’t hurt us.


Nona made a motion to appoint Robert as President of Council.  Roger second.  All yea.


Roger made a motion to adopt an interim appropriation resolution, # 2002-01-10-1, for current expenses and other expenditures of the Village of Thurston for the first quarter of the fiscal year 2002 and the declaration of an emergency.  Robert second.  All yea.


JoAnn announced someone is moving in to Thurston Gardens.


JoAnn said Aaron got all the W-2’s out for 2001.  If there were any problems, let Aaron know.


JoAnn said she would be making up the committees soon.


Nona made a motion to keep the meeting dates and times the same as they have been.  Roger second.  All yea.


JoAnn said that on 1/3/2002, she swore in Warren Simpson to Council and Lowell Hite to BOPA.  They were both elected to the positions.


Aaron passed out a letter received from the OML regarding training for newly elected officials.  He also passed around a letter from Trimble, Julian & Grube regarding the price for the audit for 2001.  It will be the same price as the 1999-2000 audit, just cut in half ($2,750.00).  JoAnn said that April from the insurance company would be coming on 1/11/2002 to talk.


Nona made a motion to accept a contract for snow removal from the Walnut Township Trustees for the 2001/2002-snow season, not to exceed $1,200.  JT second.  All yea.


Nona made a motion to accept the 5-year agreement from the Fairfield National Bank for deposit services, pending review and approval from the Solicitor.  Mary second.  All yea.


Bev Reese was present.  She complained about the old cars in front of the old store and in front of the vacant house across from her house.  She wanted to know what could be done since it is causing a parking problem.  She gave two license numbers to JoAnn.  Council discussed the issue.  She asked if people are allowed to park on the sidewalk.  She said as congested as parking is, there ought to be something done.  She also says she’s picked up a bunch of garbage in front of the store.  JoAnn said she’d check to see what she could do.


Aaron said he assumed by last month’s rejection of his request for a raise that there might be a question of his ability to perform his duties.  He asked if anyone had a problem with his job performance, or if anyone thought he was doing anything wrong.  Mary said she though Aaron was doing a good job.  Nona said she voted no last month because she thought that everybody ought to be here to vote on it, and Roger was absent last month.  JT said he didn’t think $30 more a month was a big deal.  Aaron told him that his question really wasn’t directed towards him as that he was just appointed to Council.  Council could come up with no problems needed to be discussed in regards to this issue.


Since there was no other business to address, Nona made a motion to pay bills and adjourn.  Mary second.  All yea.  The time is 8:25 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,



Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk