Bid openings for paving projects in the village will be July 13. At the Monday, June 26 Barnesville Village Council meeting, presided over by council president Tim McKelvey, Village Administrator Roger Deal reported that bid opening for street paving and paving at the park would begin at 9 and 9:30 a.m, respectively. He said four companies had picked up bid packets for the street paving project.
Council accepted the resignation of Barnesville Police Department officer Deron Schilling, effective June 30. Police Chief David Norris said Schilling had been with the department for nine years. "He did a really good job. I hate to lose him, but I wish him luck," Norris said.
At the chief's request, council also authorized upgrading three officers to the next pay level of Police Officer I which is $15 per hour. Norris said officers David Ryan, Andrew Stewart and Megan Phillips had been at the starting pay rate for almost two years. "They have really proven themselves in the job that they have done," Norris said of the officers. Fiscal Officer Vicki Magers requested that the pay increase be made effective for the next pay period.
Fire Chief Bob Smith reported that $2,000 was received for the Flushing Township fire contract. At his request, Nathan Gregg was removed from the fire department roster for failing to pass his state test.
Building permit were approved for: Zelma Mayberry, 373 S. Chestnut St., new roof; Bishop of Steubenville (St. Vincent De Paul), 116 S. Gardner St., construction of a new building; Linda Woodland, 534 Park St., new siding; Frank Wiles, 175 Bond Ave., construction of a new garage.
Barnesville resident Scott Whitacre asked what he needed to do if he was demolishing and removing a mobile home from his property. Chief Smith said he needed a building permit for a demolition, which could be obtained through the village at no cost.
Economic Development Director Bill Knox reported that a meeting, concerning a potential downtown parking improvement project with those businesses owners in the area of West Main Street, would be held Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at 119 W. Main St. in the building owned by Joel Braido (across the street from the three properties that the village recently acquired where the planned project would be located).
"Just to get them up to speed and have an open conversation," Knox said.
Magers reported that a meeting with representatives of the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) would be held June 28 at 5 p.m. in council chambers.
She also reported that the 2018 budget had to be submitted to the county by July 20. A public budget meeting was scheduled prior to the next council meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 10.
A finance committee meeting was set for Thursday, July 6 at 5 p.m. in council chambers to review and approve the 2018 capital budget. Magers said she needed all budget requests from department heads by June 30.
Council approved the payment of bills in the amount of $79,225.86. Council also approved transfers from water and sewer to debt services to cover loan payments and the transfer of funds from the income tax to operating departments.