Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

August 11, 2005


Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm by Mayor Mary Barber.  Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 


Roll call:          Robert Ortman – Present

Roger Aubery – Absent, but came in halfway through the meeting

Warren Simpson – Present

Ed Vanek - Present

Kevin Ety – Absent

Rita Leiendecker - Absent

Mary Barber – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present


Mary asked if any visitors wanted to speak.  Terry Prather was present to discuss unfinished work on the Long Street Storm Sewer Project.  Said drains aren’t low enough, water is not going into them, said we had no easements, felt the Village got ripped off, said ME Companies was a poor choice, said there was still a lot of work to be done.


Aaron said he and Michelle have made calls to Diana, but nothing has been done yet; the contractor has been putting us off for months.  Council agreed to have a special meeting to meet with ME Companies to address these issues.  Two possible dates – Thursday, August 25th or Friday, August 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building.  Aaron will arrange with ME Companies. 


Terry also said the new house on the corner of Elm & Wilson has pavement then is laid out onto the road, and is much higher than the road.  Concerns are that in the winter, plows will do damage to the concrete and to the plow.


Robert made a motion to approve the July 2005 minutes.  Roger second.  All yea.


Ed made a motion to approve the July 2005 financial statement.  Warren second.  All yea.


Roger made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance # 2005-15, An Ordinance to Create a New Fund and the declaration of an emergency.  Ed second.  All yea.


Robert made a motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-15, An Ordinance to Create a New Fund and the declaration of an emergency.  Warren second.  All yea.


First reading for Ordinance #2005-16, An Ordinance to Adopt Rules and Regulations controlling Peddlers, Solicitors, Canvassers & Temporary Stores.


Report from Fire Chief – Chief Mike King was not present.  Jamie Carroll was present in his absence.  Council said they want the Chief’s report from the Chief, not a replacement.  Counil allowed Captain Carroll to address the issues this time. 


Brought some folks to the meeting to be put on the Fire Department by Council.  Council felt they couldn’t put people on if they didn’t have the Chief’s blessing.  They could only tell by the report that he planned on putting on 3 people, but one of those people weren’t present.  Council reviewed their applications.  Ed made a motion to put Pamela Gant and Scott Stimmell on the Fire Department.  Robert second.  All yea.  Council said people need to be here to be put on.


He gave a written report to Council and Mayor (see attached).  Said the paving is done at the firehouse and looks good.  Ed told Jamie that if anyone is not on our fire department, they have no business being on our trucks.


Mary went over the Certification Roster given to her by Danny Schultz.  This information was received from the state.  The report showed the following people didn’t have their certification: Jamie Carroll, Dustin Scheidegger, Cara Carsey, Andrea Thimmes and Cody Jackson.


Report from the Service Committee:  Robert said the Mayor, Robert & Kevin met.  They agreed they need to check out the list of bad catch basins around town.  Service Committee wanted council’s opinions on possibly selling the Street Building on First Street.  It’s going to cost a lot to fix.  Aaron will check with the Solicitor to see what steps would have to be taken.


Report from the Safety Committee:  Robert said they came up with a Firehouse Appearance Checklist to randomly check the appearance of the firehouse.  They will do this 2 or 3 times per month.


Report from the Finance Committee:  Didn’t meet.


Report from the Rules Committee:  Didn’t meet. 


Report from the Regional Planning Representative:  Robert said CDBG gave grants in the amount of $273,000 for 2005.  Three projects got the money, including one for the Walnut Creek Sewer District.


Old Business – Mary brought up the contract for the park with Walnut Creek Sewer District.  She’s got some questions for their attorney.  Also, Aaron will make sure the Solicitor has the contract for review.


New Business  - Roger said we should be getting an assistant chief for the fire department.  Aaron said the Safety Committee is reviewing the Regulations that need to be put in place first.


Mary said the training policy at the fire department also needs to be reviewed.  We need to consider requiring service time for the Village paying for classes – also how to handle when someone doesn’t pass classes.


Aaron reviewed the Nuisance letter sent to Hiram Davidson for the high-grass situation.  The property will be mowed on August 12th and the property will be assessed the charges.


Aaron shared a letter written by Warren Simpson, Jr. and sent to the Village Solicitor.  Jeff thought it was from a Village Resident, so he sent it back to the Village for review.  Council reviewed wording for the new Prohibited and Dangerous Animal Ordinance. They suggested verbiage changes to be made by the Solicitor for final draft.


Council reviewed an e-mail sent by Tom Moe of the Fairfield County Office of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  Ed made a motion to appoint the offices of the Safety Committee and the Mayor to be responsible for National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) training on behalf of the Village of Thurston.  Roger second.  All yea.


Ed made a motion to adjourn.  Robert second.  All yea.  The time is 9:23 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,




Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk