Barnesville streamlining records

BARNESVILLE- Village Council approved the purchase of Smart Search software, a scanning software that will streamline the records department.

Fiscal Officer Darla Fuller and Village Administrator Roger Deal researched the software and received good reports. Historical and current town records and ordinances can be scanned into the system and cataloged for easy access and for posting online.

Fuller says the village may be able add mapping software to Smart Search for cemetery applications. Initial cost for the software will be $4,000 and $1,000 each year after.

Members also approved new weapons for the Barnesville Police Department, totaling around $800 and went over the bids for a new vehicle. The winning bid for a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe 4-wheel drive SSV was from Whiteside Chevrolet at $30,963.

Mayor Ron Bischof informed council that the annual tree planting event sponsored by BARK will be held at Memorial Park this year to replace trees lost by storm damage and disease. Turner Gas and Oil stepped up to assist with the purchase of new trees, donating $1,000 to the cause.

Council approved board appointments made by Mayor Bischof. Paul Reed, Dennis Huntsman, Denise Stephen, John Duch and Nick Bauman will serve three-year terms ending on Feb. 1, 2016.

Les Tickhill and Councilman John Jefferis were reappointed to the Design Review Board for two-year terms ending on Dec. 31, 2015.

The new Joint Economic Development District II (JEDD II) board is preparing to meet. Business representatives from the district have been named as Guy Blasingame of Chem Rock Technologies and Matt Shuffstall of Force Inc.

The mayor and council president Dale Bunting proclaimed Friday, March 8 as “Read Across America” day in Barnesville. Barnesville teacher and organizer for the all day event accepted the proclamation and presented council with a certificate of appreciation for their support. She added that the district’s “Read Across America” event is officially the largest in Ohio and has received national attention. Barnesville Elementary School students will travel to the middle school for programs, activities and book readings with local officials, business people and representatives from the state.

Deal presented council with the “FY2013 Consumer Confidence Report” for the water system. The annual report has been mailed to all water customers per federal EPA requirements. He added that the recent report on the treatment plant to the EPA was “a good report” and that the EPA comments indicated that they were “pleased” with plant performance.

A safety meeting for village employees will be held Friday, March 1 at 7:30 a.m. at the senior center. The senior center will be providing breakfast, and Raquel McGee from Barnesville Hospital will be the guest. Village safety awards will be presented.

Council approved Ordinance #3600, general ordinance updates and re-codifications, and Ordinance #3601, an appropriations ordinance amending #3584 for the amount of $176,000. Pay Ordinance #4 was also approved in the amount of 41,247.47.

Barnesville Village Council meets every other Monday at 7 p.m.

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