The Barnesville Fire Department has received a $10,000 grant for protective clothing from the State Fire Marshal's office. At the Monday, June 12 Barnesville Village Council meeting, Barnesville Fire Chief Bob Smith announced the grant and asked council to fund the additional $1,118.30 not covered by the grant to purchase four pairs of fire fighter gloves and 30 pairs of fire rescue gloves. Council approved the funds.

Council also authorized Mayor Dale Bunting to appoint Cole Stephen to the fire department for a one-year probationary period.

Bunting reported that Mayor's Court receipts for the month of May totaled $4,137 with $1,538.50 going to the state, $55.50 to the county and $2,543 to the village.

At the request of Village Administrator Roger Deal, council authorized Bunting to sign an easement with South Central Power for lines to be installed at Slope Creek Reservoir so that Antero Resources could power water pumps to withdraw water there. Council authorized Bunting to sign the easement after the inclusion of language, suggested by Council President Tim McKelvey at the May 30 meeting and drafted by Solicitor Marlin Harper, that stipulates that the easement area be returned to the village if it is not in use by Antero. Deal had presented maps of the easement area at a previous meeting. He said Antero offered to pay the village $10,000 for the timber that will be removed from the 30-foot wide path to be cleared for the power lines. He said they will also clean up the timber.

Deal also updated council on the certifications obtained by village water and sewer department employees. He noted that the number of staff with certifications and licenses had greatly increased over the past few years. He recognized Doug Frye who recently received a Class III Water Operator certification, Robert McEndree and Justin Wells who received their Class I Waste Water certifications and Silas Tracy and Jordan Cook in water distribution who had received their backflow certifications.

"I'm real proud of these guys. These exams are pretty tough," he said.

Mayor Bunting thanked the Barnesville Elks for donating a hotdog machine to the concession stand at Barnesville Memorial Park.

Council approved the payment of bills in the amount of $211,845.12. Fiscal Officer Vicki Magers noted that included in that amount was the purchase of two buildings on West Main Streets from Steven Perun and Libra Enterprises (current St. Vincent DePaul location).

Magers scheduled a work session with representatives of the Regional Income Tax Association (RITA) for Wednesday, June 28 at 5 p.m. in council chambers.

A building permit was approved for David Barr, 419 W. Main St., changing from wood to vinyl siding.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of council will be Monday, June 26 at 7 p.m. in council chambers in the municipal building on Arch Street.