Barnesville Village Council authorized Village Administrator Roger Deal to begin advertising for bids for an almost $300,000 project to pave portions of 14 village streets, and for a park paving project which will pave all existing paved areas in the park, as well as creating additional parking near the Albert S. George Youth Center. At the Tuesday, May 30 meeting, Deal detailed the projects and invited members of the park committee to meet on June 13 at 10 a.m. to discuss possible upgrades to the pool and Amazing playground.

Deal said the $165,000 Ohio Public Works Commission grant will be awarded on July 1. He provided council with the list of the 14 streets. He said those with curbs will be milled and fabric will be applied as in recent paving projects. Deal said the total project was estimated at $298,145. A $55,000 loan was required in order for the project to be scored highly. He said the county will pitch in $39, 750 from license plate fees, making the village's share $38,395 to come from the capital improvements fund for 2017. Deal was given permission to put the project up for bid now. The project will also include four catch basins, nine valve boxes and 20 mains.

Deal said paving at the park will also begin this summer. Deal hoped to bid the projects at the same time to possibly get one company to do both for a lower price. Councilman Brad Hudson suggested grindings from the street paving be used in the park paving to extend to areas not covered in the project. Deal gave council a complete set of plans for the park paving. He said the additional parking at the Youth Center will be a "huge improvement". He said the park lake road was an alternate on the bid.

In other park news, Deal said Steve Truax of Astro Pool Company will meet with council at the pool on June 13 and was involved with design ideas as part of the Poggemyer Design Group feasibility study for a new pool and recreation center several years ago. Deal said Truax already had some preliminary design work done.

"Some of the things you guys have ideas for, I think are fantastic," Council President Tim McKelvey said of the possible plans to update the pool and playground using funds bequeathed to the village from the estate of the late Lucille Witmer.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim Hall announced that the village, with the help of the Barnesville Community Foundation, received a $25,000 grant for a generator at the fire station. He said the grant will supply the generator, the LED lighting, and electrical panels. The labor is to be supplied by the village.

Hall informed council that all new fire extinguishers had been installed in the village building. He said upgrades to other village building extinguishers had been or will soon be done.

Police Chief David Norris said he sold a Ford Crown Victoria to a college with a police academy to be used for training purposes.

Councilman Scott Gallagher praised the Barnesville police, fire and EMS for their response to a shooting on Franklin Street ron May 17. "I think we have a lot to be proud of. Our people made some good calls and were able to get help real quick," he said.

Council approved the payment of bills in the amount of $150,042.06; had the third reading of Ordinance #3738 increasing the water rate, which was passed; and approved Ordinance #3739 increasing the wage for the income tax clerk/assistant fiscal officer by 50 cents per hours upon completion of six months of employment. Fiscal Officer Vicki Magers noted that the effective date for the wage increase was May 22.

Councilman Tony Johnson noted that he received a complaint about the water rate increase, but explained the reason behind the increase and assuaged the person's concern.

Mayor Bunting asked council to set a work session with representatives from the Regional Income Tax Agency. Magers said there were many questions to be cleared up after the income tax clerk spoke with local offices that used RITA. Magers was to set up a meeting.

Deal informed council that a section of the 60 inch Pike Street culvert had been replaced making the area ready for the summer paving project.

Deal said a meeting with officials from American Electric Power regarding a 70 foot wide easement they need in Crestview Cemetery went well and he thinks they will be receptive to compensation for the loss of burial spaces, open and close fees, and other costs to the village. McKelvey noted that the project will be an improvement to those lines and an upgrade of power to the area.

Deal announced that the State Route 800 North culvert project will be done by "jack and bore" and will not require the closure of the road for two weeks as previously scheduled to begin that day. He said that was "really great news" because increase of traffic on Chestnut Street and East Main Street due to the detour would have caused significant damage to the roads already suffering from heavy truck traffic in that area.

Council approved a building permit for Steve Perun, 222 Walton Avenue for a new garage.

Two local Boy Scouts attended the meeting to learn about local government.

Mayor Bunting praised the Memorial Day service and thanked Burkhar's Nursery for donating and planing flowers at the Memorial Plaza. "It really looked nice and was a nice event. I want to thank everyone who was a part of it," Bunting said.

Deal commended the cemetery crew for all the hard work they did to prepare the village cemeteries for Memorial Day. "That's always kind of a stressful week for them, getting ready for Memorial Day. That's when we have the most visitors in the cemeteries and when we want it to look the best. Of course, inevitably it always rains a lot the week before Memorial Day and that doesn't make it any easier," he said. "They do a good job and we appreciate them."

Bunting also wished members of the Barnesville High School 4 x 400 track relay team - Kane Stephens, Caide Bunfill, Kohl Campbell and Matthew Burkhart, good luck in the state track tournament at The Ohio State University. Justin Lucas was an alternate.

"I want to wish them success on their run for state championship this weekend. That will be pretty neat for them and pretty neat for us if they bring a state championship home. If not, they still had a pretty good run," he said.

Councilman Gallagher noted that they broke a lot of records this season. Campbell also competed in the 300 M intermediate hurdles and Burkhart in the 400 M dash in Columbus. They were escorted out of town by the fire and police department on Thursday afternoon.

Mayor Bunting called a brief executive session to discuss possible litigation.