Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

May 10, 2007


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


Roll call:          Robert Ortman – Present

Warren Simpson – Absent

Ed Vanek – Present

Vickie Carroll - Present

Laura Clark – Present

Mary Barber – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present

1 Open Council Seat


Mary asked if anyone present was interested in the open Council seat.  Detria Hiles said she was.  Robert made a motion to open nominations.  Laura second.  All yea.  Laura made a motion to nominate Detria Hiles.  Robert second.  All yea.  Laura made a motion to close nominations.  Ed second.  All yea. 


Ed made a motion to appoint Detria Hiles to the open Council seat term expiring12/31/2009.  Robert second.  All yea.  Mary said she would swear Detria in later.


Mary asked if anyone present was interested in the open Walnut Creek Sewer district seat.  JoAnn Hite raised her hand.  Ed made a motion to open nominations.  Vickie second.  All yea, Detria abstaining.


Ed made a motion to nominate Kevin Ety.  Robert second.  All yea, Detria abstaining.  Robert made a motion to close nominations.  Ed second.  All yea, Detria abstaining.  Ed made a motion to appoint Kevin Ety to the open seat on the Board of Trustees for the Walnut Creek Sewer District.  Laura second.  All yea, Detria abstaining.


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


Ed made a motion to approve the April 2007 meeting minutes, with the correction of the Mayor of Pleasantville’s name to Jack Weidner.  Robert second.  All yea, Detria abstaining.


Robert made a motion to approve the April 2007 financial statement.  Ed second.  All yea, Detria abstaining.


Report from Fire Chief – Jim Hite was present and submitted the report.  Jim submitted an inventory of Fire Department equipment and keys to Mayor Barber.  Jim announced that the fire department was awarded the Hunter Barber grant in the amount of $1,250 which will be used to purchase a papoose kit. 


Laura Clark expressed her appreciation for the prompt, courteous, professional manner in which the crew treated her family on a run on April 29th.  She presented Jim with a gift to replenish the toy box in the medic for future use.


Report from the Service Committee:   Robert said they met Wednesday, May 2nd.  Present were Laura Clark and Robert Ortman.  They discussed American flags that were to be put up before Memorial Day.  Robert said they are already up.  Detria announced that she spoke with the George Gornell Patriotism Foundation (862-5820, contact Bob Batchley).  They will handle the replacement of brackets and damaged flags for the Village.  Detria said we may want to make a donation to the Foundation to help them out.  Jim Hite said the fire department would help with any installations necessary.


Report from the Safety Committee:   Ed said they met on Monday, May 7th at 7:30 at the firehouse.  Present were Pauline Ety, Sonny Dupler, Robert Ortman, Jim Hite, Vickie Carroll, Jimmy Barber and Ed Vanek.  Ed said the meeting was pretty short.  They just discussed the grant and an incident.


Report from the Finance Committee:  Didn’t meet

Report from the Rules Committee:  Didn’t meet. 


Report from the Regional Planning Representative:  Robert said ODOT made a presentation regarding the SRTS program (Safe Ride to School), which helps update places kids can walk and ride their bikes to schools and bus stops.  He said there is $85,000 available in Ohio.  Detria asked if there was sidewalk access to all the bus stops in the Village.  There may be a possibility of getting funds for the three stops in town.


Report from the Village Administrator:  Michelle said that Baltimore still hasn’t replaced the master meter, it’s still on bypass.  They will be estimating our bill until they get it fixed.  So far the cost is about $8,000, and we will probably be paying half of it, per the contract.



Old Business –  Aaron brought up water rates and the need for an increase.  Council discussed the matter.  The water fund is losing money.  In order to “stop the bleeding”, we need to increase rates.  After further investigation is done, and it is found that the master meter had been wrong, or if other leaks are found and fixed, we may be able to freeze rates at the next scheduled Baltimore increase expected in January of 2008.  But for now, we need to cover our costs.


Robert made a motion to have emergency legislation prepared to increase the minimum charge from $15.00 to $18.00, to increase the 1000-gallon rate after that from $5.87 to $6.87, and to increase the temporary user/pool rate from $6.00 per 1000 gallons to $8.00 per 1000 gallons.  Laura second.  All yea, Detria abstaining.


Aaron shared an e-mail he received from Bob Clark regarding the status of the sirens.  They have come across a possible issue, but they are working on a solution.


New Business –  Mary said she talked with Jack Weidner from Pleasantville.  She wants to call a special meeting on at the Pleasantville Grange to discuss possible water source solutions.  She said council, clerk, village administrator and the GGC engineer need to be present.  She will let us know when it is scheduled.


Mary is still waiting to hear from Rickets excavating about performing duties for us in the cemetery.  She said Bill Watson has still not repaired the damage from last month.  Michelle said he told her he’d be out this weekend to fix it.  Detria suggested sending them a bill for the repair.  Ed says water lays there and the grass is too high.  Mary said ruts were caused when he came back out to cover the grave.  Ed instructed Aaron to write a letter to Bill Watson giving him 15 days from the date of the letter to complete the work, or the Village will have the work done and we will charge Watson for the work.


It was announced that two catch basins at 8261 High St. and 1 house up need work.  The tops are caving in and it’s becoming a safety problem.


Jim Hite announced there would be a Pancake Breakfast at the firehouse on Saturday May 19th from 8 am – noon.  He also announced that the bowl-a-thon brought in over $3,700.


Jim asked how much he should charge for water to fill pools.  Council asked Jim to bring in suggested pricing next month.  They will decide then.


Aaron shared the proposal from Sam’s Pest Control for mosquito spraying.  He has done excellent work for us before.  Ed made a motion to accept the bid from Sam’s Pest Control at a rate of $125 per spraying.  Laura second.  All yea, Detria abstaining.


Ed said there’s a house on High Street with high grass.  Aaron will send a nuisance letter.  Ed said the Thomas property is looking bad, too.  Michelle said she’d call. 


It was brought up that kids are getting into the 36” storm water drain behind the municipal building.  Lowell Hite said there are about six of them throughout the Village.  Detria asked what could be done to stop it.  Mary will ask Jack Weidner who they had fix their drains in this situation.


Detria mentioned that the Village meeting times are not posted on the website.  Aaron will check on it. 


Detria asked about the status of the park.  Mary explained she’s trying to do something at the Municipal Building instead of the Walnut Creek Sewer District property due to restrictions from the WCSD.  Detria said there are so many grants out there to get.


Ed said the merry-go-round is missing a board.  We need to replace the board and put pea gravel down.


Robert made a motion to adjourn.  Laura second.  All yea. 


Respectfully Submitted,




Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk