Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

May 11, 2006


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


Roll call:          Robert Ortman – Present

Warren Simpson – Present

Ed Vanek – Present

Rita Leiendecker – Present

Steve Reedy – Present

Laura Clark – Present

Mary Barber – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present


Mary asked if any visitors wished to speak.  No one did.


Robert made a motion to approve the April 2006 minutes.  Ed second.  All yea.


Steve made a motion to approve the April 2006 financial statement.  Robert second.  All yea.


Ed made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance 2006-10, An Ordinance to Amend the 2006 Appropriations Ordinance and the declaration of an emergency.  Laura second.  All yea.


Warren made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2006-10, An Ordinance to Amend the 2006 Appropriations Ordinance and the declaration of an emergency.  Robert second.  All yea.


First Reading of Ordinance 2006-11, An Ordinance Creating the Position of Village Administrator in Accordance with the Provisions of Section 735.271 of the Revised Code.


Special Guest Matt Keefe from the Fairfield EMA was present to speak about the availability of warning sirens.  He said if Council is interested, write to the FEMA about it, and make some sort of participation offer (i.e. work or money) towards the purchase.  We would need 60 foot poles installed.  We also need a source of backup power, though battery backups might be available.  They will assist Thurston in choosing the best location for the wail & rotating siren.


Report from Fire Chief – Jim Hite submitted his report - see attached. 


He would like to hire Josh Bow and Samuel Lenton to the department.  Ed made a motion to allow them to be hired.  Rita second.  All yea.


Jim said that Basil will be helping to cover areas with their medic while the bridge is out on Old Millersport Road.  Millersport and the Walnut Twp. Trustees are aware of this.


Report from the Service Committee:  Robert said they met May 3rd.  Those present were Robert Ortman, Ed Vanek and Laura Clark.  Robert said there were no visitors.  They checked out the alley behind 8045 Broad St.  Nancy Wright had requested gravel be put down.  The committee agreed that the area didn’t need gravel, just some weed killer. 


Report from the Safety Committee:  Didn’t meet.


Report from the Finance Committee:  Didn’t meet.


Report from the Rules Committee:  Didn’t meet. 


Report from the Regional Planning Representative:  Robert said they had a very interesting meeting.  Regional Planning has entered into a professional services agreement with Pleasantville and Rushcreek Township to help with zoning.  Bob said they announced that Fairfield County is the 3rd fastest growing county in Ohio.


Old Business –  Aaron said Whitey’s Heating & Cooling was unaware that we wanted het in the museum, so that was an additional $575.  They put in a larger furnace at no extra charge.  Council agreed that before paying the final bill, the gap in the external vent needed to be fixed, and Steve and Ed needed to do a final walkthrough.  Robert made a motion to pay the extra $575 on the bid.  Warren second.  Roll call vote


                        Laura – no

                        Steve – no

                        Ed – abstain

                        Warren – yes

                        Robert – yes

                        Rita – yes


Council decided to review the additional charges further before approving.


Sam’s Pest Control submitted a bid for mosquito spraying services @ $125 per spraying (up $25 from last year).  Council discussed.  Laura made a motion to accept the bid from Sam’s Termite Control for $125 per spray.  Ed second.  All yea, except Warren voted no.


Aaron shared draft letter of the management letter from the auditors.  There were a couple minor citations.  We’ll review when we get the final draft.


Robert moved to officially welcome Rita back to the Council after her recent bout with medical issues.  Everyone agreed.


Ed made a motion to adjourn.  Warren second.  All yea.  The time is 8:10 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,




Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk