Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

March 4, 2004



Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by Mayor Barber.  Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 


Roll call:          Robert Ortman – Present

Nona Buskirk – Present

Roger Aubery – Absent

Warren Simpson – Present

Ed Vanek - Present

Kevin Ety – Present

Mary Barber – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present


Mary asked if there was anyone present who wished to address Council.


JoAnn Hite wanted to know when there was going to be an audit.  Aaron said the State Auditor’s office hasn’t called yet.


Bev Reese said she was interested in the secretary’s job.  Aaron said it hasn’t been created yet, and he’ll give her the information as to when/how she can apply when he knows it.


Kristy Shook told Council that the superintendent for the Walnut Creek Sewer District, Bill, resigned from his position last month.  She said that some of the information on the memos that have been coming from Bill and their office may not have been factual, and there is really no way of verifying the information.  WCSD is going to investigate.  She said not to take any of the information to heart.  Right now they are struggling because they only have a part-time person.


Gary Yost asked if Council was looking into zoning.  Mary said we are just discussing the possibility at this point.  Gary wanted to know why Mary changed her mind from when he talked to her before the election.  She said he was one of the first people she talked to.  Once she walked around the Village to campaign, she saw how bad of shape the Village was in, and decided that zoning might be what the Village needs.  Gary accused her of being misleading and that it might have changed the vote for mayor.  Mary said if they decide to do zoning, it would go to a vote, and it would be up to the residents.  There would be several public hearings before anything would ever go into effect.  Zoning takes a long time to implement.



Robert made a motion to approve the February 2004 minutes.  Warren second.  All yea.


Robert made a motion to approve the February 2004 financial statement.  Nona second.  All yea.


Aaron read the first reading of Ordinance # 2004-4, An Ordinance to Increase the Salary for the Position of Clerk-Treasurer.


Robert made a motion to bypass the Finance Committee review and consider approval of Ordinance 2004-5.  Ed second.  All yea.


Robert made a motion to waive the 3-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance # 2004-5.  Kevin second.  All yea.


Warren made a motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-5, An Ordinance Establishing an Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2004 ending December 31, 2004, and the declaration of an emergency.  Robert second.  All yea.


Robert made a motion to waive the 3-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance # 2004-6.  Nona second.  All yea.


Nona made a motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-6, An Ordinance to reappoint a Village Solicitor for the Village of Thurston, Ohio, to fix the compensation to be paid, and the declaration of an emergency.  Ed second.  All yea.


Mary asked for a motion to accept the Committee meeting dates and times.  The motion was tabled until a date conflict could be corrected, and Roger could give his input.


Report from Fire Chief - Mike Jackson was present.  He told Council he had a lot of surplus equipment that he would like to auction off.  He thought maybe the Village had some other items they wanted to get rid of, too.  Mary said that would have to be discussed.


Mike said the old Ford squad sitting behind the firehouse is in bad shape.  It’s too costly to keep up.  He would like Council to declare the squad surplus so he could sell it.  The Sheriff’s office is interested in it.  He will also run it by the Township Trustees for their approval.  Jeff Feyko said it’s a good idea to get it appraised.  Ed said we should table subject until we get the appraisal.


Mike said the bunk room is proceeding nicely.  He said Deitra Hiles asked for information on the room, and wanted to get pictures.  The County Board of Elections forgot to relocate some voters, so it was a tight squeeze on March 2.  Mike said he is not trying to move the voting out of the building.  That was reported incorrectly in the paper.


Report from the Service Committee:  Robert, Ed and Kevin had met.  Bob Black was also present.  He presented two proposals for removing the large tree in front of the municipal building.  Arbough Tree -$350; Mid-Ohio Tree - $450. 


Ed made a motion to remove the large tree in front of the municipal building.  Kevin second. 

            Robert – Yes

            Nona – No

            Kevin – Yes

            Ed – Yes

            Warren – No

The tree can be removed.


Kevin made a motion to accept the proposal from Arbough for the tree removal.  Ed second.

            Robert – Yes

            Nona – Yes

            Kevin – Yes

            Ed – Yes

            Warren – No


Bob Black said he’d like to see us clean up the second floor of the municipal building.  He also talked about a time to clean up the building on First Street.


Robert asked about the storm sewer drain problem in front of Nona’s house.  Mary said the fire department will try to blow it out first.  If that doesn’t work, Bill Watson said he would do it.


Report from the Safety Committee:  Nona said everything was fine – nothing to bring up to Council.

Report from the Finance Committee:  Committee didn’t meet.  Only Aaron & Ed showed up.


Report from the Rules Committee:  Committee didn’t meet.  Only Kevin was there.


Report from Board of Public Affairs President:  Lowell said we’re trying to get everything in order.  We need to get the red tag process in order.


Report from the Walnut Creek Sewer District Board appointees:  Kristi said Pleasantville’s red tags go out on Monday for Tuesday, and Thurston’s go out on Tuesday for Wednesday.  Once they get back to full staff, things should be better.  Lowell said our March bills will be a little higher.  They read the meters a week later.  But it will balance out by April.


Report from the Regional Planning Representative:  Robert said Brooks Davis will check his calendar to come speak to Council about zoning.


Mary asked if there was any new business. 


Aaron said Sam’s Pest Control sent a proposal for mosquito fogging.  Should we go with him, or get other proposals?  Lowell said Sam has a trailer, which makes it tough to back down alleys an turn around in tight areas. Nona said she didn’t have any problems last year with mosquitoes.  Council decided to get more proposals. 


Jeff Feyko said he received proposed legislation from ME Companies regarding the Third Street Storm Sewer Project, funded by OPWC.  He will prepare the legislation.


Jeff advised council that zoning is a lengthy, involved process.  Planners and advisors would have to be hired; you have to figure out what you like/don’t like; have to have public hearings.  He knows there are several companies that would be interested in helping us (for a fee).  He said there would be ample opportunity for citizen input.


Nona made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel issues and possible litigation.  Robert second.  All yea.  The time is 7:50.


At 8:37, Nona made a motion to come out of Executive Session.  Ed second.  All yea.


Jeff advised Aaron to give copies of all legislation and minutes to Jeff.  Jeff advised Council that their rules of council apply for public comment.  Council meeting is not a time for public discourse, but only time for them to give opinions (they have 5 minutes each).  Jeff said that even if they ask questions, we don’t have to respond.  It’s not a question-answer session.  He said Committee Meetings are the place for public input.


Council discussed zoning versus control via ordinances; and how legislation could be enforced.  Mary asked about making Main Street entirely “No Parking.”  Jeff said it could be done by legislation.


Council discussed hiring someone to be a part-time secretary in the office during the week.  Ed made a motion to authorize the creation of the position of Village Secretary to be paid $8.00 per hour for a maximum of 20 hours per week.  Robert second. 

            Robert – Yes

            Nona – Yes

            Kevin – Yes

            Ed – Yes

            Warren – No


Nona made a motion allowing Mary to conduct interviews for the position of Village Secretary.  Robert second.  All yea.


Ed said that we should get a trash dumpster to clean out the municipal building and the First St. building.  He said if we want to clean up the community, we should start here.


Nona made a motion to adjourn.  Kevin second.  All yea. 


Respectfully Submitted,




Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk