It’s ‘Amazing’ again

Memorial Park playground ready for use in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — Barnesville Memorial Park’s new Amazing Playground is open for children to enjoy, despite the need for a few finishing touches.

Councilman Les Tickhill told village officials at a scheduled meeting last week that the fence still needs to be put up but all the equipment is installed and the mulch is in place.

Councilman Scott Gallagher remarked that the open design is nice, allowing children to be seen from anywhere in the area.

Tickhill said other people had made similar comments to him.

Meanwhile, Assistant Fire Chief Tim Hall announced an open house will take place at the firehouse at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 for anyone with questions or desiring information concerning the emergency medical services levy on the November ballot.

Resident Ray Jeffers was at the meeting concerned that he had found an arrow in his yard while mowing.

He said he couldn’t be sure where it came from, but noted his neighbor does have an archery target set up adjacent to his property behind a building that was “right in line” with where he found the arrow.

Jeffers said he had gone to speak to the neighbor, but the neighbor was out of town so Jeffers was only able to talk to his wife.

Jeffers asked council if the village had any regulations prohibiting the use of bows, noting that he found the arrow just 20 feet outside his young daughter’s bedroom.

Police Lt. Rocky Sirianni said he was not aware of any archery-specific regulations but that he would look into it and check with the state or the state prosecutor’s office. Mayor Dale Bunting told Jeffers he would get back with him concerning the matter.

Sirianni said the village’s K-9 handler, Officer Andrew Stewart, had been doing fundraising for the department’s K-9 program and asked for council’s approval to set up an account so money donated to the program could be kept separate. Fiscal Officer Vicki Magers said a visiting official from the state auditor’s office had recommended isolating money donated to the program this way, and council approved the opening of the account.

Village Administrator Roger Deal told council he and Bunting had been working on specifications for desired upgrades to the pool at Memorial Park and asked council for authorization to advertise that project for bids. He explained that they wanted to try to do the upgrades as a design-build project, which would eliminate the “soft costs” of engineering and architectural fees.

Council voted to grant the authorization.

Deal also announced that during the interviews to select a firm to do the design work for upgrades and renovations to the village’s wastewater treatment plant CTI had scored the highest and ultimately been selected, pending council’s approval. Approval was granted with Councilman Brad Hudson voting against the choice.

Deal informed council he had received a letter from Murray Energy concerning longwall mining it will be doing from around McMillan Road east to Bethesda that could affect waterlines in that area. He said he was sure there would be some problems as a result but that the letter stated that Murray Energy would handle any needed repairs.

Bunting announced Mayor’s Court figures for September, saying the state received $1,160.50, Belmont County received $40.50 and the village $1,984 for a total of $3,185.

In other business, council voted to pay bills in the amount of $72,650.81 and approved building permits for Penny Shephard to put in a concrete driveway, Robert and Dorcas Greenwood to tear down a garage at the corner of Dorsey and East Pike, and Keith and Peggy Carpenter for an addition at 254 S. Chestnut St.

Council also voted to add Jeremy Rife to and accepted the resignation of Jamie Betts from the fire department and EMS, and voted to remove Tyler Brooks from and add Ryan Stewart to the police department.