Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

October 9, 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


Chief Mike Jackson was present, representing the Fire Department.  Mike passed out the Rules & Regulations they wish to adopt for the Station Car.  He said they were already reviewed by the Safety Committee.  Mike said everyone would be required to sign a statement saying they understand the guidelines.  JT said he wants a copy of all the signed statements.  JT made a motion to accept the operational guidelines for Station Car 620.  Josh asked what discipline would be given if someone didn’t follow the guidelines.  Mike said there would be suspensions for anyone who endangers the lives of others.  Josh asked that the wording be added to the guidelines.  Roger second the motion.  All yea.


Mike passed out the budget for Fiscal Year 2004 for the fire department.  The 2003 budget was $103,423.  The requested budget for 2004 is $104,225.50.  It includes a salary increase for the volunteers from $20 per year to $50 per year.  Mike wants to install a bunk room at the firehouse.  JT said we also need to look at expanding the firehouse.  Mike said he increased some line items for expected fuel & natural gas costs.  He also said he needs to replace tools on the rescue.


JT made a motion to approve the 2004 budget for the fire department.  Roger second.

Robert – Yes

            Nona – Yes

Josh – Yes

Roger – Yes

Warren – Yes

            JT – Yes


JoAnn told Mike that it’s okay to put the old squad in the building on First St.  Mike said they might want to put the grass truck in there instead.


JT asked Lowell Hite if he got his personal property out of the First Street building yet.  Lowell said no.  JT said it’s a public building, and he shouldn’t be keeping personal things in there.  JoAnn said he uses a lot of that to do work for the Village.


Nona asked Mike about a current department roster.  Mike said he doesn’t have them yet.  Nona asked Sgt. Shirk about the signs out front limiting parking in front of the municipal building.  She was told the legislative code had to be put at the bottom of the sign in order for them to be legal.  The new neighbors have been parking multiple vehicles there frequently.  Sgt. Shirk said you don’t have to have the code on the sign for a sign on public property.


JT asked Mike about the pool list for 2004.  JoAnn said we have it and the check.  JT asked about a couple of long distance calls on the phone bill late at night.  Mike said he would check the call log.  Aaron asked how much the costs were.  JT said just a few cents. 


JT told Mike that he heard one of his captains won’t put on an air-pack during an emergency.  He then said he heard it was Jamie Carroll.  Mike said Jamie will wear it now – about 18 months ago he had a doctor’s excuse due to his back.  Mike said he WILL wear it.


JT said he knows that only 5 or 6 people show up for fire meetings.  He said others are losing out on training.  JT said he went through the attendance lists that Mike had given him at an earlier meeting.  He said Jimmy Barber hasn’t been going.  He said he doesn’t think they should be missing so much.  He said there should be a minimum training attendance requirement.  Mike said that right now they are only excused for work.  Mike has told all the volunteers that their priority should be 1) Family, 2) Work, 3) Fire Department.  Nona said that some of the people who have missed training at Thurston have been going for training at Millersport.


JT said he has been in discussion with Mike about a Joint Fire District.  Mike said several people would like to look into doing a fire district.  He said that the Walnut Township Trustees don’t want the headache of a fire department.  Mike said they’ve been looking into it.


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


Nona made a motion to approve the September 2003 financial statement.  Josh second.  All yea.


JT made a motion to approve the October 2, 2003 special meeting minutes.  Nona second.  All yea.


Roger made a motion to waive the three-reading rule for Resolution # 2003-21.  Josh second.  All yea.


Josh made a motion to adopt Resolution 2003-21, a Resolution Authorizing the Transfer of Funds and the Declaration of an Emergency.  JT second.  All yea.


JoAnn said she went to the Walnut Township Trustees meeting to ask them to do our snow removal again this year.  They will be sending us a contract to sign.


JoAnn reminded everyone that Trick-or-Treat was October 30 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.


JoAnn said she had received some complaints about street lights that weren’t working.  She called the electric company, and they are fixed now.


JoAnn asked if anyone came to survey Elm St. yet.  Josh said not yet, but they will be soon; it’s all set up.


JoAnn said she hadn’t heard anything from Jeff regarding any more legislation or the lawsuit.


JoAnn said they are looking for a new phone for the office, but they haven’t found one yet.


JoAnn said she knew Barber’s wanted to cut across Holt Street for water & sewer connection, but hadn’t heard anything more about it.  She said Jim Barber came up and complained about the $3,000 cash bond.  Aaron said he spoke with Terry McGrath from Baltimore.  He said they don’t require a cash bond if they can prove they have been bonded by a bonding company.  Josh suggested sending paperwork to Jeff and tell him we want to change the wording so it’s not a cash bond.

JoAnn asked if there was any new business.  JT said we need to setup Council Rules.  JoAnn said we’ve tried before, but no one would come to the committee meetings to discuss them.


Josh asked if we heard from ME Companies about any grant information as he promised us at the last meeting.  He asked Aaron to send a follow-up e-mail requesting the information.


Aaron passed around a form received from FEMA regarding Flood Plain Management.  It needs to be completed by someone in planning and returned to FEMA.


Josh asked when we would stop spraying for mosquitoes.  Lowell said the company said they would stop when it got cold.


Nona made a motion to pay bills and adjourn.  Roger second.  All yea.  The time is 8:52 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,




Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk