Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

March 14, 2002



Meeting called to order at 7:35 pm by Mayor Hite.  Pledge was recited.


Roll call:  Robert Ortman – Present; Nona Buskirk – Absent; Mary Barber – Present; Roger Aubery – Present; Warren Simpson – Present; JT Hilliard – Absent; Jo-Ann Hite – Present; Aaron Reedy – Present.


No one was in attendance from the Fire Department.


Mayor Hite opened the floor to the public.  No one was present.


Mary made a motion to approve the February 2002 minutes, correcting Warren’s name on the last page.  Robert second.  All yea.


Aaron explained the adjustments to the balances in the financial statement for February.  This was due to corrections by the auditor.  Warren made a motion to approve the February 2002 financial statement.  Roger second.  All yea.


Aaron asked for a motion to adopt Ordinance 2002-03-14-1, An Ordinance to Amend the 2002 Appropriations Ordinance and the Declaration of an Emergency.  Roger made the motion.  Warren second.  All yea.


Council received a letter requesting money to help fight a piece of legislation in the statehouse allowing state control of property rights.  Mary made a motion to decline the request.  Warren second.  All yea.


JoAnn announced that there will be a public hearing regarding the CDBG (grant) on Tuesday March 19 at 9:00 a.m. on 3rd floor of courthouse.  She asked if anyone wanted to go.


JoAnn announced that on March 4, 2002, she attended the yearly County Health Department meeting.  There will be another meeting in May of this year.


JoAnn asked if the insurance for the Village was due this month.  Aaron said it was due on March 22, but hasn’t received a bill yet.  He will call Acordia and find out what is going on.


JoAnn got a letter from District 17 about the application for Round #16.  We didn’t get any funding.  A new application for Round # 17 state capital improvements will be established by June 2002.  JoAnn said that JT wanted the fire department to blow the sand and dirt out of the storm sewer drain for Warren Hiles.  Council agreed that was okay.  Lowell wants to do it to the drain in front of Leindecker’s house, too.


JoAnn announced that a man from the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation called and asked if anyone will attend their meeting March 23, 2002.  JoAnn said someone tried, but had another meeting.


JoAnn said we need to order signs for the Village.  JT isn’t here to give the information he was going to gather.  Council looked through sign catalogs and discussed the signs available.  Council agreed to purchase the following:

            1 “Official Parking Only” signs for front of municipal building

            2 “Parking This Way Only” signs in black for in front of the Post Office

            1 “Moline Drive” sign for that street.

            1 “Third Street” sign for that street.

            2 Handicapped signs for in front of the municipal building

            1 “School Bus Stop Ahead” sign for Route 256, before coming to the Methodist Church

2 “No Parking – Unauthorized Cars will be Towed Away” signs for in front of the

Municipal Building

            2 Arrow signs to add to the above signs

            2 safety vests

            sign brackets

            whatever other street name signs the Village needs


Lowell wants to get proposals for paving Long, Broad & High Streets.  Council agreed.


JoAnn called around about getting proposals for mosquito spraying.  Council reviewed proposals from R. Homes & Business and Torco of Zanesville.  Roger made a motion to accept the proposal from R. Homes & Business to spray for mosquitoes bi-monthly for $75.00 per application through the months of May to August, with a free application in September.  Robert second.  Roger, yea.  Robert, yea.  Mary, yea.  Warren, nay.


JoAnn asked if there was any new business.  Roger brought up that Bob Black of the Thurston High Heritage Association wants to redo the door and opening area to the museum.  JoAnn said she’d like him to submit in writing what he wants to do.  A brief discussion ensued.  Mary said she had no problem with it.  Roger made a motion that the Thurston High Heritage Association can make the changes that were discussed at the Committee Meeting at their expense.  Roger said that it was not necessary to submit in writing.  JoAnn said they haven’t finished the bathroom yet, and there are holes in the floor.  Mary second the motion.  All yea.  JoAnn said the solicitor told her we should get any changes in writing.


Aaron announced there were videos available for rent from Public Entities Pool of Ohio on various subjects.


Aaron shared a letter he received about a seminar for newly elected officials.


Aaron shared the letter he received from the solicitor about adopting an ordinance adopting a “lowest responsive and responsible” bid standard for competitively bid contracts.


Aaron went over the recommendations from the Auditor of State of Ohio’s office regarding our recent audit.  There were no citations, just recommendations.  JoAnn said we should deposit money more often.  Mary said what we are doing now is fine.  Everyone on Council agreed.



Since there was no other business to address, Roger made a motion to pay bills and adjourn.  Warren second.  All yea.  The time is 9:13 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,



Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk