The recent Barnesville Village Council meeting began with council approving payment of bills in the amount of $53,036.45, as well as the second reading of Ordinance 3767 imposing a third $5 license tax fee.
Support was unanimously given to Resolution 3768 to support Representative Jack Cera in his fight to bring Local Government Funding back from the State to support communities with road repairs.
Village Administrator Roger Deal asked council to approve participation in the annual ODOT Salt Contract for the village at a 450 ton level for next season. Citing that the Village would need to purchase 90 percent to 110 percent of the committed to quantity. Council agreed to participate in this state bid program.
Police Chief Rocky Sirianni asked council for approval of sick time donations for officer Megan Phillips as she is currently on maternity leave. Council approved his request.
Council approved Police Officer Matt Tippie to participate in the Belmont County Sheriff’s Special Ops. Branch. He will be attending training once per month with the sheriff’s office and then will share the information with fellow officers in the Barnesville force.
Chief Sirianni was granted permission to apply for a loan/grant from USDA to purchase a new K-9 equipped cruiser. Estimated cost of $43,000. Half of the purchase would be rant funded and the other half would be a loan at 3.875 percent.
Council did not approve the Chief’s request to implement a Nixle System to send out community alerts by text to residents. Further research was requested.
Mayor Dale Bunting gave the Mayor’s Court report with $487 going to the State of Ohio, $18 to Belmont county, and the village to retain $805 from the receipts.
Councilman Tony Johnson questioned about the progress of the swimming pool project. Administrator Deal informed Council that the project was behind schedule primarily due to the weather and that a meeting with the contractor was planned for Wednesday, May 30 to update the schedule and discuss the project.
Building permits were approved for Matthew and Melissa Schultz of 601 N. Chestnut for a new porch, Dale Drake of 167 Pine Lane for a new deck, Bill Knox for a new roof and siding at 518 W. Main, Primary Aim, LLC at 910 E. Main for a remodel, Gary Lucas for a new roof and siding at 724 N. Chestnut, Sue Fisher for a new roof at 326 N. Chestnut, Gene Plumly of 502 W. Main to convert a porch to a bathroom, Eric Burkhart of 331 Leatherwood for a concrete driveway.
Administrator Deal discussed asbestos abatement and removal at 216/220 N. Chestnut and 112/114 West Main for buildings recently purchase by the Village. He had received estimates and recommended Norris Demolition of St. Clairsville to perform the work. Council approved the contract.
Mr. Deal also mentioned that he was gathering estimates for the replacement of the Municipal Building roof over the jail. He stated that the main roof has been replaced twice without replacing this section. Recently, leaks were suffered due to conditions. He is also gathering estimates to either wrap the window frames in aluminum or to paint them.
Operations Manager Scott Baker reminded everyone that the J.B. Green team, Warren Township, Village of Barnesville Clean Up Day would be held at the Depot on Saturday, May 12.
Councilman Tony Johnson told council that the Middle School Robotics Team placed 39th out of 92 in the world competition. Congressman Bill Johnson was at the school Monday to present them with a proclamation.
Mayor Bunting called for an executive session to discuss property purchase.
The next Barnesville Village Council meeting will be Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building.