Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

June 12, 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 – Absent

JT Hilliard – Present

Josh Prather – Present

JoAnn Hite – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present


JoAnn told Chief Mike Jackson he had 10 minutes to talk.  He presented the attendance report as requested at the last meeting.  Mike said he didn’t appreciate the harassment by JT in getting them.  JT said he wasn’t harassing Mike, he just wanted to make sure he remembered them.  Mike said JT called him three times about it, and once was enough.  An argument ensued.


JoAnn asked Mike for the pool water list.  Mike said that Mike King hasn’t compiled the list from last year or from the previous month.


JT asked Mike how he handled volunteers who didn’t come to meetings, and what he was going to do about it.  Mike said everyone has been pretty active; no one has missed much.  JT asked what happens when we pay for volunteers to go to training, and then they leave the department.  Mike said if they leave before one year has passed, they owe us a percentage of the cost of training, depending on when they leave.  JT said he didn’t have time to go over the attendance report tonight.


Mike said the fire department got a grant from the Ohio Dept of Public Safety for $1400.30 to buy 5 bio-terrorism hazmat suits.


Robert made the comment that one day he was at the Fast Max, and the squad came from Thurston via 256 across 37.  He said they slowed down, waited patiently and it was handled professionally.  He thought that made a good impression on the folks at the Fast Max.  Robert said he wanted to compliment Mike for that incident.  JT added that he heard Jamie Carroll has been slowing down when he’s been coming in.


JT asked about the vehicles behind the fire house.  Mike said he hopes to have them out in the next couple of weeks.  They have been great practice machines.


JT made a motion to approve the May 2003 minutes.  Nona second.  All yea.


JT made a motion to approve the May 2003 financial statement.  Nona second.  All yea.


JT made a motion to waive the 3-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance # 2003-14.  Robert second.  All yea.


JT made a motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-14, An Ordinance to Amend the 2003 Appropriations Ordinance and the Declaration of an Emergency.  Nona second.  JoAnn wanted a roll call vote.  Aaron asked why.  JoAnn said “How do you know who votes and who don’t?” 


Robert Ortman – Yes

Nona Buskirk – Yes

Roger Aubery – Yes

Warren Simpson – Absent

JT Hilliard – Yes

Josh Prather – Yes


JoAnn said CD was up for the BOPA.  It was reinvested on 5/27/03.  She said two other CD’s are up this month.  She wanted to know if we could go ahead and reinvest both CD’s.  Nona made a motion to reinvest both CD’s, Roger second.  JT voted nay, all others voted yea.


JoAnn said we have seven good fire extinguishers, but 2 need replaced.  Council agreed we should replace them.


JoAnn said that Roto-Rooter opened the drain on High St. on 6/2/2003.  She said we had to use Nona’s electric at her house, so we owe her $5.00.  She said it was passed in motion a while ago that we pay $5.00 when we have to use someone’s electric.


Roger Parsons sent a letter complaining about the insects in the municipal building.  JT said he will coordinate getting a quote from Orkin.  He said they are the best.


JoAnn said the grant folks called and said we may have to put $9,000 towards the block grant project we applied for.  We don’t know anything for sure yet.  JT said he’s tried to look for grants in the past on the internet, but they are hard to find.  JT would like to try a subscription to a magazine that will inform us about grants.  It’s $169.00 for 1 year – 24 issues.  Josh agreed, it’s worth trying.  Everyone agreed.


JoAnn asked if there was any new business.  JT said he went to Lowe’s and got a parts list together for what they will need for the PAWs program cleanup project.  Everyone agreed that a 8’ ladder would be needed instead of a 6’.  JT also asked for a key to the street building.  JoAnn asked how they would get the equipment around.  She said they can’t use the Village truck.  JT said they won’t.  Lowell will get JT a key to the building.


JoAnn asked if anybody wanted to talk about anything.  JT said we ought to get the Village truck fixed or sell it.  JoAnn said we gave $6,000 for it.  Josh said we should get it fixed.  It’s a Chevy 1500 series.  JoAnn said it’s too fancy for us.


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


Respectfully Submitted,




Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk