At the Monday, Oct. 30 council meeting, Barnesville Mayor Dale Bunting reminded council members and the public that village officials, police, fire and EMS departments, as well as the Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce, downtown businesses and local services and civic organizations would be joining together to offer treats to local children the following night on Halloween. The section of Arch Street in front of the municipal building was blocked off and a trunk or treat was held in the parking lot below. The mayor, and some members of council and the police department, dressed up and handed out candy in front of the police station. The Barnesville Fire Department and EMS handed out candy there, and over a dozen Main Street businesses handed out treats as well. Bunting also extended trick or treat hours in the village by a half hour this year, from 6-7:30 p.m.
"I think it’s going to be a great event," Bunting said.
Fiscal Officer Roger Deal updated council on the dam inspections performed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on October 24. Deal said the only dam of concern was the one at park lake, which continues to slip. He said that despite repeated repairs, it continues to drop. Deal said ODNR would demand that the village hire an engineer to inspect it and advise on the proper way to fix it. He said he would update council as more information was received.
Deal said that requests for proposals for the swimming pool would be accepted until November 9 at 4 p.m.
The bulk chemical bid opening will be Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. in council chambers. He said over 20 packets were requested and there was a great deal of interest in the bid this year.
Council approved the use of the village parking lot on East Main Street on December 2 during the village’s Christmas activities for a live nativity. Deal said the nativity, planned and sponsored by Jim and Sue Patron of Patron Funeral Homes, would include live animals, as well as a small fire to keep participants warm.
"I think it will be nice," Deal said.
The Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s craft fair and lighted parade, as well as the Santa Spirit Sprint will also be held that day.
Council approved the payment of bills in the amount of $55,541.09.
Council appointed Jeannie Hannahs as the delegate for the Regional Income Tax Association (RITA) Regional Council of Governments and the appointment of Fiscal Officer Vicki Magers as the alternate.
Magers requested an investment committee meeting on November 13, prior to the next council meeting, to discuss investment options with local banks. The investment committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. with a Development Committee meeting to follow, all prior to the 7 p.m. council meeting.
Council President Tim McKelvey complimented the village on the painting of a pole near the new Woodsfield Savings Bank office on Church Street. Deal said the project was mayor Bunting’s idea.
A building permit was approved for Tim and Jessica Shaw, 317 Hunts Ave. for the construction of a new porch.
Council entered into executive session to discuss an oil and gas search and possible land purchase.