Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

May 8, 2003



Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Hite.  Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Roll call:          Robert Ortman – Present

Nona Buskirk – Present

Roger Aubery – Present

Warren Simpson – Present

JT Hilliard – Present

Josh Prather – Present

JoAnn Hite – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present


JT made a motion to approve the April 2003 minutes.  Josh second.  All yea.  JT asked for a roll-call vote.  Robert – Yes; Nona – Yes; Josh – Yes; Roger – Yes; Warren – Yes; JT – Yes.


Nona made a motion to approve the April 2003 financial statement.  Warren second.  All yea.


Lori Savage was present to discuss a complaint against the Fire Department.  She sent a letter.  Aaron read the complaints regarding the 2 squad runs in question.  Council then listened to the 911 tapes.  Roger made a motion to go into executive session to discuss personnel issues.  Only the people who were involved in the runs could stay, including Mike Jackson.  JT second.  All yea.  Council went into executive session at 7:35.


Roger made a motion to come out of executive session at 8:11.  Nona second.  All yea.


JoAnn said that Bob Black was here on April 21 with a furnace guy.  Robert told Bob Black that he needs to bring things directly to Council.


JoAnn said that one of the security lights in the back is out.  Josh made a motion that Council doesn’t need to vote on replacing light bulbs.  JT second.  All yea.


Bids were received for mowing services for the Village.  Speedy Excavating - $150 each time; Affordable Mowing - $150 each time; Blevins Cut & Trim - $70 each time.  Nona made a motion to enter into a contract with Blevins Cut & Trim to provide mowing services for the Village at $70.00 each time.  Roger second.  JT asked how often they would mow.  Lowell said whenever it was needed.  All yea.


JoAnn said we received a letter from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources regarding floodplain management.  The letter requested several items from the Village before May 26, 2003.  It was assumed Aaron would take care of it, however, Aaron didn’t know anything about it.  Josh asked Aaron to look into what they are requesting.  Aaron said he would do so, but felt it was outside the scope of his responsibilities.


JoAnn said a CD was up for the BOPA.  It was reinvested yesterday.  The current rates aren’t very good.


JoAnn asked if anybody wanted to talk about anything.  JT said that he & Josh mowed the cemetery before Easter Sunday.  There were weeds growing up over the tombstones.  He said He said he mowed about 10 feet into Doug Hite’s property.  JoAnn said someone complained about the job they did.  JT asked who, but JoAnn wouldn’t say.  JT said he’d like to send them a letter of apology.  JT also said that JoAnn told him no one wanted him on Council.  JoAnn denied she said that.  Accusations continued.  JT announced that he was running for Mayor this fall.


Nona made a motion to pay bills and adjourn.  Roger second.  All yea.  The time is 8:28 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,




Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk