The Barnesville Fire Department will be using two Barnesville Exempted Village School District school buses, scheduled to be demolished, for training purposes. The buses are no longer needed by the district after they obtained new propane powered buses. Assistant Fire Chief Tim Hall informed council at its Monday, March 20 meeting that he had been working with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and BEVSD Transportation Director John Blattler to obtain the buses for training likely to take place at the beginning of May.

"It's extraordinary. You just don't get that opportunity very much," Hall said.

Hall said other nearby fire departments will be invited and the former United Dairy property had been chosen as the site. Hall said Bill's Towing will be removing the buses after the training.

"It's all coming together and it's going to be a great training event for everyone involved," Hall said.

"Training is always good," Mayor Dale Bunting said, thanking Blattler, Bill's Towing and the OEPA.

Council approved Bunting's appointment of Brandi Winegardner to the EMS and the re-instatement of Robert Eberhart to both the fire department and EMS.

Police Chief David Norris said that Robert Ney II had turned down a position on the police department, but that officer David Ryan had asked to be re-hired for his position on the department and as school resource officer at Barnesville Middle and Barnesville High schools. Council authorized Mayor Bunting to re-appoint Ryan.

Council also authorized Mayor Bunting to reappoint Troy Fitzpatrick, Denise Stephen, Nick Bauman, and Michelle McLaughlin to three-year terms on the Barnesville Memorial Park Board. Denny Huntsman is the BEVSD appointee to the park board.

Fiscal Officer Vicki Magers announced that Rick Carpenter from the State Auditor's Office would be coming in April in regard to the 2015-2016 audit.

Magers and Deal asked council to approve Barnesville Hospital to perform the village's drug testing. Magers said there were issues with the current company. Deal said that not only will the village be able to send their employees to the hospital for testing in a timely manner, the hospital will also be able to provide training to the village.

"I am thrilled Barnesville Hospital is now offering drug testing," Deal said. "I think the response is going to be much better. I'm glad we're going to have this here."

Council made an official motion to approve the switch. "It's good for everyone," council president Tim McKelvey said.

Warren Township Trustee Jimmy Grear presented information on the annual Warren Township/Barnesville Community Clean-up Day on Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Depot parking lot, 358 Mulberry St.

"It really works well, and once again I think we led the county in the volume of recyclables collected (last year)," he said. "It's a good program. The village employees do a wonderful job, I mean they work hard. That's a really hard day of work down there and the township employees work hard as well."

Grear said one big change is that mattresses and box springs will not be accepted this year, however, JB Green Team officials are working on coordinating a separate collection opportunity for those items, but it will not happen prior to the May 6 collection day. (See Page A1 for more details).

McKelvey brought up the condition of East Main Street. Deal said he and Operations Manager Scott Baker were keeping an eye on the condition of the road and have scheduled a meeting with ODOT to discuss it.

Council authorized Deal to look into purchasing a dump truck for the water distribution crew. Deal said money was earmarked from the gas and oil lease funds for the purchase, however, only $60,000 was set aside and the cost will be closer to $80,000. Deal said one of the specifications was a stainless steel bed. He presented council with the specifications and said he and Baker were shopping around for used dump trucks with low mileage. Village Solicitor Marlin Harper noted that if the cost is over $50,000 the purchase will have to be put out for bid.

Council approved the payment of bills in the amount of $122,577.47 and passed ordinance #3735 officially authorizing Deal to apply for Ohio Department of Transportation TAP funds for a possible B & O tunnel repair and trail paving project.

A building permit was approved for Bob and Tina Greenwood, 235 W. South St. for installation of a new metal roof.