The recent Barnesville Village Council meeting began May 29 with council approving payment of bills in the amount of $109,067.80. Mayor Dale Bunting recognized Anna Yater, who was in attendance, a student at Barnesville Middle School for being the State Champion shot put thrower as well as breaking the Barnesville Schools record.

Mayor Bunting commended retiring Fire Chief Bob Smith by presenting him with his fireman helmet and a plaque to recognize his 50 years of service to the department with 20 of those years as chief. Mayor Bunting proclaimed Thursday, May 31 as "Bob Smith Day" in the village.

Police Chief Rocky Sirianni requested that Council approve a resolution allowing him to apply for a USDA loan/grant to purchase a new K-9 equipped police cruiser. The matter was tabled for further discussion.

A "Then & Now Crertificate" was approved for G.E. Williams in the amount of $12,985.28 for renovations to the swimming pool shower rooms.

Village Administrator Roger Deal informed council that the OPWC paving project has been advertised for bids with the opening set for Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m. in the Village Administrator’s Office.

Administrator Deal requested permission from council to advertise for sale a 1994 wood chipper stating that it had not been used in over 10 years and has seen very little use. Council approved his request.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim Hall asked council for a donation for their annual youth fishing tournament that will be held at the Barnesville Park Rotary Lake on Saturday, June 2. Council agreed to donate $400 for this event.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim Hall requested to add additional shifts to the EMS beginning July 1 allowing them to provide 24/7 coverage. Council approved his request unanimously.

Police Chief Rocky Sirianni requested that former Police Chief Dave Norris be appointed to serve as a part-time officer and a school resource officer. Chief Sirianni had spoken with school superintendent Angie Hannahs who had requested to have a resource officer at each school building. Barnesville Schools will reimburse the Village for the cost of this officer. However, the Village will provide the payment when he is performing patrol duties. Council unanimously approved Dave Norris as a part-time officer.

Council approved the purchase of 4 armored vests with the Ohio Department of Justice bullet proof vest program providing half of the funding. Total Village cost will be $3,521.20.

Administrator Deal commented on the great job that Jon Thornton and other volunteers had done on applying a surface coating to the tennis courts at Barnesville Memorial Park. Stating that this should also lengthen the life of the asphalt as well as looking great.

Mayor Dale Bunting and council commented on how nice the cemeteries looked for the Memorial Day Weekend and were appreciative of the cemetery mowing crew for their work.

Mayor Bunting thanked Curt and Susan Hallstrom for the barn mural painting on State Route 147 and the unveiling event that they hosted on Friday, May 25 to honor military and first responders. He also commended the American Legion and the VFW for putting on the Memorial Day Service and cited that it was well attended.

Administrator Deal informed council that the asbestos abatement work had begun at the former pool hall and the former St. Vincent building on West Main Street and the contractor would soon be moving to properties on North Chestnut to provide the same.

Building permits were approved for Austin Kemp at 153 Warren Ave. for a new garage, Bob Greenwood for a new porch at 235 W. South St., Tom Metz for a new deck and metal roof at 305 Sycamore St..

Mayor Bunting called for an executive session to discuss property purchase and after returning to regular session Council voted unanimously to purchase the Bohandy building at the corner of East Main and South Chestnut Streets. Council intends to remodel the building for further use by possible tenants of the downtown.

The next Barnesville Village Council meeting will be Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building.