The hiring of a supervisor to oversee the water and sewer, cemetery and street departments and assist Village Administrator Roger Deal, was discussed at the Nov. 9 meeting of Barnesville Village Council.
Council President Dale Bunting said the position was suggested by Mayor Tom Michelli some time ago and seems to be needed now to help Deal who is increasingly occupied with the development of the Eastern Ohio Regional Industrial Park and the ongoing waste water treatment plant upgrades.
Bunting said the service director, as they were tentatively labeling the position, would be required to work along side village employees as well as oversee the departments and determine where employees would best be utilized. The village is beginning the search for applicants. Minimum qualifications are expected to include a Commercial Driver's License, equipment operator's license, a Class One EPA Water Operating License and a Class Two Waste Water Collection License and the ability and willingness to obtain a Class One water plant license within one year of being hired.
The industrial park and waster water treatment plant were discussed further at the meeting.
Deal said the search for an engineering firm for the water and sewer lines for the industrial park has been narrowed down to a short list of five. Committee members met at the end of last week to make a decision, which has not yet been announced.
Deal also informed council that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found slightly elevated levels of Cryptosporidium, a waterborne pathogen, in one sample of Barnesville's water. He said there was no "cause for alarm" and there is no plant filtration system that will remove Cryptosporidium.
The EPA is requiring the village test its water 26 times over the next year. Deal said the mandated lab tests will cost the village $15,400.
"This is something we couldn't possibly prepare for," Deal said. "Thankfully, council keeps the budget in shape, so it won't be a hardship."
Animal and human wastes are the most common cause of Cryptosporidium levels in water. Because the single-celled parasite is resistant to many chemicals, watershed protection is important. Cryptosporidium can cause gastrointestinal problems. Those with compromised immune systems, such a people infected with HIV or undergoing chemotherapy, are particularly susceptible to Cryptosporidium.
Council voted to accept a corrected bid amount from Downing Construction Company, Inc. for the Waste Water Treatment Plant Sludge Improvement Project. A typographical error incorrectly stated a bid of $2,300,035 that should have read $2,335,000.
Deal pointed out that even though the corrected amount is about $35,000 more, it was still the lowest bid for that portion of the project.
After much discussion at a previous council meeting, financing for the purchase of a $128,563 street sweeper was finalized. Council approved the purchase at its last meeting, contingent on financing. Council member Terry McCort said the village was able to obtain a 2.7 percent loan through Chase. He said payments will be spread out over three years with the first payment due in one year.
Michelli, at the request of Fire Chief Bob Smith, appointed three members -- Ervin Fulst, Hunter Jefferis and Miles Jefferis -- to the fire department on a one-year probationary period, putting the department at a full roster of 40 members.
Michelli announced that mayor's court receipts for October totaled $2,210.
Changes and updates were made to a cemetery ordinance and an ordinance involving emergency squad personnel.
Council authorized the annual village employee Christmas party, with costs not to exceed $600. The luncheon will be held Dec. 22 at Annie K's.
The next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. in council chambers in the Municipal Building.