Village of Thurston

Council Meeting Minutes

March 14, 2007



Meeting called to order at 7:10 pm by Pleasantville Mayor Jack Weidner.  Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 


Roll call:          Robert Ortman – Present

Warren Simpson – Absent

Ed Vanek – Present

Vickie Carroll - Present

Laura Clark – Present

Detria Hiles - Present

Mary Barber – Present

Aaron Reedy – Present

Michael Betts – GGC  - present


Pleasantville Council:  Mary Scholl, Bill Mason, Jason Henderson, Sean Fowler, John Snook


Pleasantville Clerk, Kathy Jenkins.  Allen Brown, ME Companies. 


Jack said this special joint meeting was called for the purpose of finding a way for Pleasantville to service Thurston with water.


Pleasantville shared a plan to connect at the intersection of Musser and Ruffner Roads.  It’s about a mile down from the current Thurston water tower.  He said they just replaced water lines along Route 188 with 8” lines.  They believe 8” lines is what would be needed to get enough water out there.


Jack asked about our other options – possibly Millersport.  Mike Betts said Thurston is looking at all its options. 


Jack said that all homes down Ruffner Road would be serviced by Thurston.  Pleasantville would service Musser Road.


General discussion ensued.  A question arose about the possibility of ending the Baltimore contract before 2014.  We need to check on this.  Jack asked about Baltimore’s procedures and processes.


Detria asked if Pleasantville was planning to expand out that way even if we didn’t do this joint venture.  Jason said they have plans to expand in other places, but having us as a customer would give them more of a reason to go down Musser first towards Baltimore.  Conversation was had regarding growth potential in the 37/256 region.  Unfortunately, we can’t get the Walnut Creek Sewer District to expand their facilities to service the area because they have so many problems servicing what they have.  Jack said WCSD is holding back development in Pleasantville, too.


Mike Betts said Thurston needs to define projected service areas so Pleasantville can project what they need to install.


Jack mentioned the availability of OWEA loans where a village can get one to one-and-a-half percent interest rates on loans.  Promoting regionalization is preferred.


A bigger cost would be if we had to pump the water, but they think gravity should handle it.  The current Pleasantville plant is running at 50% capacity; 80,000-90,000 gallons per day.


For funding the engineers will make sure the project is a joint venture so support can be given among grant entities.


Aaron will have to check with the USDA about this possible joint venture to see if they’ll have any problems with it.


ME’s initial estimate for the project has been $531,000.  Pleasantville doesn’t know how much they would charge Thurston at this point. 


It was agreed that Thurston will come back in July to talk again.  July 26th 7:00 p.m. at the Pleasantville Grange.


Meeting was adjourned 7:50 p.m.



Respectfully Submitted,




Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk