Barnesville Village Council learned of the steps village employees are taking to keep themselves and the residents safe during the Covid-19 crisis.
Village Administrator Roger Deal told council May 11 that a service window was installed in the Water Office. He said the lobby is set to open May 12. However, they are asking customers to come in one at a time to limit exposure to both customers and staff.
He said they will begin emergency service calls only. The Water Department employees will be equipped with gloves, shoe coverings and all necessary equipment.
In other business, council accepted the highest bid of $2,500 for the sale of the 2007 Chevy truck. Deal also said the 2008 Ford F-350 Street Department truck with plow and spreader has been advertised for sale. Bid opening will be soon.
He also discussed with council the need for additional money to purchase a bucket truck. He said they have appropriated $25,000 in capital funds but most decent trucks are selling in the range of $40,000-$50,000. Council approved $50,000 to be used for a new bucket truck.
Deal also said the Pike Street culvert has been completed. Roger Morris has helped with all four phases. The total project cost was $181,314.57.
He said the OPWC Paving Project could be delayed because of the Covid-19 crisis. Deal said he’d like to have the South Broadway Street drainage project completed before paving takes place. The line is decayed and needs to be replaced. It’s 18-inches and runs from West South Street to Hunts Avenue.
In reports to council:
* Fire Chief Tim Hall asked council for their approval to sell the 2013 Squad in the near future. Council approved. He also asked for council’s authorization to apply for a FEMA grant with no match to the village for breathing apparatus and PPE equipment. Council approved the grant application.
Chief Hall said the Youth Fishing Tournament set for June 6 has been canceled. They may try for a later date closer to fall.
Chief Hall also said all EMS employees are back to work. They are continuing the decon process and the use of proper PPE equipment. Hall thanked the Belmont County Health Department for all their continued supplies and support in working with them. He said they have been extraordinary.
* Police Chief Rocky Sirianni mentioned the recent retirement of the department’s K-9 and would like to continue this program. He shared an agreement from Merry K-9 Services for the purchase of new dog and training services. Sirianni said that Officer Kubat showed interest and he thinks he’ll do a great job. Council agreed to the new K-9 and training.
Chief Sirianni also said the department needs to upgrade their rifles. He said funds from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund have been appropriated. He asked council to use those funds; council agreed.
He also said he will be accepting applications for an officer to get the department back to full staff.
Meanwhile, Mayor Dale Bunting gave both March and April’s Mayor’s Court reports.
Council entered into an approximate 30-minute executive session to discuss a possible lease agreement. No direct action was taken upon their return.
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