Despite having been asked to make considerations for noise and traffic for Emerald Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation, a representative of Oxford Oil said drilling on property behind the nursing home and the subsequent use of Michelli Street, will proceed, with drilling to begin no later than Dec. 28.
Village and Warren Township officials met with a representative of the company on December 1 to discuss road bonds. Council had requested more information from the companys representative.
In addition to wear and tear on Michelli Street, council members were concerned about the noise level of the drilling. At the Monday, Dec. 19 council meeting, the Oxford Oil representative said that once it begins, drilling cannot be stopped and will occur around the clock, unless the equipment breaks down. She said the drilling would take seven days at the most and the fracking itself would occur once a week for approximately 10 weeks.
She said the company would not agree to a road bond, because it is not required by law, a statement that surprised some village officials.
I though we were working together on this, said councilman Terry McCort.
We expect a little cooperation from those seeking our help, said Village Solicitor Marlin Harper.
Harper said the road was public property and its use could not be prohibited, noting that the area is outside village limits. He said if damage did occur to the road, the company could be held responsible.
I just dont see why we, collectively, cant be more authoritative in the use of the street, said Economic Development Advisor Bill Knox.
The Oxford Oil representative said she video-taped the current condition of the road and gave her word that the company would repair any damage that occurs to Michelli Street from the companys trucks and equipment. Village officials have also documented the streets current condition.
Harper said the company will be held liable whether they have an agreement with the village or not.
The key was to get some security, but they refuse to give security, he said.
The road is important, but it is the people out there who are more important,McCort added.
Despite not seeing eye to eye on the street bond and noise considerations, council agreed (with McCort voting no) to sell water to the company at the out of village rate of $9.75 per thousand, with the stipulation that if the water usage causes any pressure or other problems, the water usage would be shut off.
At a previous meeting, the Oxford Oil representative said that if the company purchased water (to be accessed from a nearby fire hydrant) it would reduce the truck traffic on Michelli Street.
It is like a double edged sword, Bunting said of the water sale.
In other business, councilman Dale Bunting presented the fiscal year 2011 Year in Review on behalf of Village Administrator Roger Deal who is recovering from triple by-pass surgery earlier this month. Deals report outlined the following accomplishments:
Water department changing of the carbon media in the filters at the water treatment plant, insulation of the water distribution shop; purchase of a new copier for the water office and installation of a new roof section on the water shop.
Wastewater department completion of a $3.3 million dollar sludge handling improvement project ($2.5 million funded by Ohio Public Works Commission/Community Development Block Grant/Appalachian Regional R Administration stimulus funding via Ohio Environmental Protection Agency/Ohio W Development Agency and a $135,900 (76 percent OPWC funded) sanitary sewer rehabilitation project.
Street department Paving of seven alleys and major patching of four streets and the beginning the replacement of village street name and traffic signs.
Park amphitheater renovation project; construction of steps to the amphitheater and installation of a concrete pad under a swing and the beginning of the replacement of windows in the youth center, funding 75 percent by an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant.
Cemetery purchase of a 2007 Chevy truck.
Municipal building $34,269 electrical renovation and generator installation, 50 percent of which was funded by a grant from the governors office of Appalachia and replacement of the balcony.
The village received a total of $288,952 in grants in 2011 that included: $103,284 OPWC grant for the sanitary sewer project; $17,134 from the Governors Office of Appalachia; $1,000 from the Jefferson-Belmont Green Team for park benches; $150,000 from the BCPAA for a waterline and $17, 534 from ODNR for the replacement of windows at the parks youth center.
It was another good year in Barnesville, Bunting said.
Council passed the following ordinances: pay ordinance #25 in the amount of $223,350.62; a $6,889.11 addition to the pay ordinance; Ordinance 3533 setting the salary of the Income Tax Clerk/Assistant Fiscal Officer; Ordinance 3534 setting the salary of the Fiscal Officer; Ordinance 3535 establishing a salary for the Village Administrator; Ordinance 3536 establishing a salary for the Assistant Emergency Squad Coordinator; Ordinance 3537 establishing a salary for the Assistant Fire Chief; Ordinance 3538 setting the salary for the Fire Chief; Ordinance 3539; Ordinance 3540, increasing the pay rates, freezing and setting a base pay scale and Ordinance 3541, establishing a salary for the Village Operations Manager.
I thank you and the village employees thank you, said Mayor Michelli.
Council also has the second reading of Ordinance 3543, amending Chapter 1351 of the Codified Ordinances and Ordinance 3545, amending Ordinance 3495 in the amount of $67,349.53.
Following a discussion with Fred Holmes of Volunteer Energy Services, council passed an ordinance to approve a two-year renewal certifying the village as a natural gas aggegator. Holmes said the renewal does not require a vote by residents and the rate will remain the same. He said existing customers will receive a card, giving them the opportunity to opt-out of the program. Likewise, those not currently signed up, will now have the opportunity to do so.
Council also approved a contract with Volunteer Energy Services to provide electricity to municipal accounts. Holmes said the village would save an estimated $5,000 yearly.
At the request of Mayor Michelli, council passed a resolution opposing the states proposal to take control of local income tax collection.
Village Operations Manager Bill Morgan reported that a traffic light at the intersection of Chestnut and South streets had been malfunctioning. Morgan said the parts for the light were obsolete. Deal has providing an estimate of $5,600 for a new electric controller. In the meantime, Morgan said parts were being used from a light replaced near the Assumption Catholic Church. Barnesville Police Chief David Norris said it all four sides of the light were green at the same time on Friday and it was a miracle that there were no accidents. Norris said he, Morgan and councilman Brad Hudson all worked on the light to keep it operational. Mayor Michelli said council should allocate funds at the beginning of 2012 to replace the light.
Morgan said a light on Broadway was also in bad shape. Hudson said both presented safety concerns and Deal had estimates on replacing them. Michelli said the new LED lights would pay for themselves in time by being more energy efficient.
Fire Chief Bob Smith said he received a $28,000 grant to purchase a new 2012 Ford four-wheel drive SUV. He requested permission to purchase the vehicle from Germaine Ford in Columbus. Council asked Smith to check with Whitesides, the only Belmont County dealer listed as participants in the state purchasing program.
Smith also requested the purchase of six pagers (at a cost of $65 each) for use by four paramedics, himself and the assistant fire chief. Smith said the pagers would be used instead of cell phones for squad transports to Barnesville Hospital. He said the pagers would become the property of the department after six months.
Council approved Smiths appointment of Tim Long and Gary Hall and Michellis appointment of councilmen Bill Stottler and Tony Johnson to the firemens dependents board.
Council also approved the mayors appointment of Brad Hudson, Tim Hall and Ryan Gallagher to one-year terms on an advisory committee for the emergency squads hospital transport agreement. Michelli said the committee will meet at least once a year and will also include three members appointed by Bethesda Mayor Marty Lucas and three members appointed by the hospital.
In a related matter, Village Solicitor Marlin Harper said he drafted a set of by-laws for the transports.
Council also approved a part-time position for Harvey Giffin to provide vehicle maintenance for the fire department and emergency squad. Giffins position was approved at a rate of $9 per hour. Mayor-elect Ron Bischof said Giffin provides a valuable service because he keeps the vehicles in service and doesnt tie up other personnel who are needed for squad and fire runs.
Council approved the cost of mayors court training for Bischof.
Building permits were approved for M. Muffet Building Co. (Mallory Muffet), 374 South Lincoln (divided) for the construction of two new homes; M. Muffet, Jr., 339 Mulberry St. for the construction of a new home and St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store for the replacement of shingles with a tin roof.