Barnesville restricting bow and arrow use

Among discussions, village workers get $1 payraise

BARNESVILLE — Village of Barnesville Council passed an ordinance this week regulating the use of bows and arrows in the village in response to a resident finding a neighbor’s stray arrow in his yard.

Meanwhile, council also approved giving a $1 per hour payraise to all full-time village employees and a 50-cent per hour payraise to part-time workers.

Regarding the bow and arrows, at the Oct. 2 council meeting, Ray Jefferis expressed his concern after finding a broad-head arrow on his property near his young daughter’s bedroom window. He learned that the village had no law concerning archery on the books.

Barnesville police Lt. Rocky Sirianni and Mayor Dale Bunting told Jefferis they would look into the matter. At the Oct. 16 meeting, Bunting presented an ordinance for council’s consideration based on one from another community that allowed for the safe use of bows and arrows in the village. Jefferis and his extended family, though, made an appeal for the total prohibition of their use.

Councilman Brad Hudson said the ordinance was a good start but didn’t address the problem sufficiently. Council President Tim McKelvey asked that the ordinance be worked on in committee.

The ordinance passed by council on Monday evening prohibits the firing of a bow and arrow or air gun across any property line and in or over any street, road, park, or public ground unless done under the auspices of the school district or municipal recreation department. It also requires that those wishing to engage in target practice in a residential neighborhood ensure the existence of village-approved barriers to prevent an arrow from crossing any property line and that all arrows be identified in indelible ink with the name of the owner and operator of the associated bow.

At Bunting’s request, council also approved an ordinance giving a $1 per hour raise to all full-time village employees and a 50-cent per hour raise to part-time employees.

Bunting noted even though daylight hours are diminishing, there are still many activities taking place at the school and downtown and asked that village motorists show consideration at crosswalks and watch out for pedestrians.

Bunting also expressed his appreciation to the village cemetery crews for putting up the Christmas lights downtown.

Village Administrator Roger Deal presented council with a change order to add putting a new plaster bottom in the pool at Memorial Park as part of the major refurbishing and overhaul of the pool that was approved by council at the Nov. 13 meeting. At that session, Hudson had expressed concern that the $540,450 project included no more than an epoxy resurfacing of the existing floor and that he felt it would be worth the extra expenditure to ensure the pool had a good floor in it.

On Monday Deal said the warranty was not very long on the plaster bottom, but that as he understood it repairing the plaster was similar to patching drywall.

Council approved the order to add $61,065 to the contract to include the new plaster bottom.

Deal also informed council that the final invoice from Parnell and Associates for the park paving project was going to be over the original estimate by around $30,000, but that Village Manager Scott Baker had gotten together with Larry Parnell and compared notes and was able to reduce the final change order to $14,262.48.

In other business, council approved paying bills in the amount of $181,017. 55 and the appointment of Harry Seeley to the fire department. Council also approved the hiring of Edward Kubat to the police department on a six-month probationary period and of Zach Tolzda as a part-time fill-in police officer.

Members also appointed Hudson and Councilman Scott Gallagher to the Fire Department Dependency Board.