Village audit review favorableCathryn StanleyEditorFinancially speaking, the village of Barnesville is in better shape than many larger municipalities in the county, according to Mayor Tom Michelli. He shared the news of a good review by Rick Carpenter, Senior Auditor of the state auditor's office at a recent Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce meeting."We are in good shape," Michelli said, noting that Carpenter was particularly impressed by the amount of grant money the village secures.At the Monday, Dec. 6 council meeting, former Barnesville Mayor Henry Gallagher addressed council in opposition to a proposed ordinance to allow motorized golf carts to be driven on some village streets. At the request of resident Gene Miller and others, council has discussed the issue at several previous meetings, however, no decision has been made.John Duch, who represents the Barnesville Exempted Village School Board on the park board, gave council a report of a recent meeting. Duch said park board members are looking into grant applications for funds to replace the windows at the youth center with more energy efficient ones. With the help of volunteers, the floor of the youth center will be refinished in the future. The park will pay for supplies.An increase in fees at Barnesville Memorial Park was also discussed. Council President Dale Bunting said usage fees may be increased in 2011 to offset repair and maintenance costs. At a recent park board meeting, a $1 increase for pool usage (going from $2 to $3), as well as a pool pass increase, was proposed. Clay Bethel of Bethel Insurance Services, presented council with the village's annual coverage and annual premium summary. Bethel said equipment liability remained about the same as last year, however, property insurance costs increased. He said the increase was due to higher property values and a loss and damage increase caused by storms in 2010. Council voted to continue the village's insurance coverage.At the request of Fire Chief Bob Smith, council approved the addition of two people to the roster, pending the completion of paperwork. Two people who failed to meet state requirements within a one-year period were removed from roster. Council also approved the addition of two people to the emergency squad roster. Although not discussed at the meeting, Michelli said he, Village Administrator Roger Deal and others are researching the possibility of a levy-funded recreational center. Michelli said tours of other facilities in similar sized villages will begin soon.Michelli also suggested the need for re-wiring of the village building, particularly the police department and the purchase of a back-up generator for the department. The need for an elevator or chair-lift was also suggested.Michelli reported that mayor's court receipts for November totaled $3,275.Michelli also discussed receiving a letter from the United States Postal Service regarding the change from mail processing in Zanesville to Columbus. Michelli said the postal service says collections will remain the same in Barnesville, however a total of 11 positions, most likely at the Zanesville facility, may be eliminated. Those with questions about the change may contact the U.S. Postal Service Manager of Consumer Affairs at the Columbus District.Council approved bill payments totaling $198,538.79 and $629 for the purchase of a computer for the mayor's office.The purchase of Barnesville Gold was approved for village employees. The gift certifcate program is conducted by the Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce, who reimburses businesses who accept Barnesville Gold. Bunting brought up the yearly gift, which led to a comment from Michelli about keeping money in Barnesville and supporting local businesses.An executive session was held for litigation, however, no action was taken.A work session was set and held on Monday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. to review what village projects still need to be completed and to plan for 2011.Council will meet in regular session on Monday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. in the village building.