At the Monday, Feb. 11 Barnesville Village Council meeting, members approved another lease agreement with Antero Resources for 85.6805 acres of village-owned land within village limits. In September, the village signed a lease with Antero for 1,047 acres of village-owned property outside of the village limits at a rate of $5,700 an acre and 20 percent royalties. Barnesville Village Administrator Roger Deal said the newest agreement will net the village $488,378.85. In addition, an agreement to sell water to Golfport is beginning to pay off and will result in an additional $125,000.
Antero is currently holding a series of lease signing opportunities for property owners residing within village limits. Deal noted that those interested may attend any of those sessions, regardless of the beginning letter of their last name.
Council also passed Resolution 3598 authorizing Poggemeyer Design Group to submit an application for a Local Government Innovation Fund grant to be used for a feasibility study for a proposed community recreation center. Representatives of Poggemeyer presented council with details of the grant at a January 28 meeting. Council also heard from Economic Development Director William Knox, as well as several community members who spoke in support of the center. A petition containing 598 signatures was also presented.
The Village will be the lead partner on the application,. The study will be done in a cooperative agreement with the Barnesville Exempted Village School District, Barnesville Hospital and Warren Township.
Safety issues dominated much of the meeting.
Council approved the outright purchase of $132,000 emergency squad vehicle (as discussed at the Jan. 28 meeting ).
Council approved the inclusion of on-call shifts when calculating uniform allowance, Barnesville Gold rewards and end-of-the year bonuses for those working at least three, eight-hour work or on-call shifts per month.
Fire Chief Robert Smiths request for the purchase of a replacement part for an inoperable ladder truck at a cost of $4, 800 was approved, as was the renewal of a yearly contract to provide fire services for the Flushing Fire Department.
Council approved a request from Police Chief Dave Norris to send officer Jason Carpenter to firearms training for the next three years at a cost of $2,400. Norris said Carpenter will earn an Ohio Peace Officer certification to train other department officers to meet state requirements.
It was reported that the Operational Engineers have accepted the park boards request for a project to install a drainage system for the park ball fields.
Upcoming events at the park include a youth Easter egg hunt sponsored by the First United Methodist Hearts in Service group on March 23 and a July 6 fireworks display coinciding with the annual Beast of the East baseball tournament weekend.
It was noted that a recent Sixpence None the Richer contest, organized by Skyflight Productions drew over 100 people to the Albert S. George Youth Center at the park. Concerts are scheduled throughout the Spring and Summer.
The Village will be accepting applications for seasonal positions for the Park and Cemetery Departments until March 15, 2013. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. These positions include lifeguards, concession workers and general laborers. Applications may be obtained at the Barnesville Water Department Office, 126 E. Church St., Barnesville.
Residents are asked to remove grave decorations from all village operated cemeteries including Crestview, Northern and Southern cemeteries. All decorations must be removed by March 15th, as part of the annual spring clean up. Decorations not removed by this date will be disposed of by the cemetery staff.
Council discussed purchasing additional LED bulbs for downtown street lights. Councilman Tony Johnson, who suggested the switch, said that the LED lights already installed not only looked good, but would save the village money.
Council approved a Pay Ordinance 3 for $57,802.74, and an addition of $18,660.02
A proposal to purchase Smart Search Software scanning software for village use was tabled for the Monday, Feb. 25 meeting.
Council approved a building permit for a demolition by Jefferis Real Estate at Pine Lane Lot 20.