Bettsville official praises new equipment purchase

BETTSVILLE – The recently purchased halogen light tower, to be used for emergencies, was put into service late Monday night and early Tuesday morning by Bettsville Village Administrator Jon Dabrunz when the village experienced two water main breaks. Repairs were completed about 5 a.m., Dabrunz reported at a village council meeting Tuesday.

Police Chief Don Mason said he is participating in a single officer response to active threat training March 21. The course is designed to teach strategies, philosophies and concepts to enhance single officer’s response. Officers will be introduced to tactics which can be employed to engage an active threat if circumstances demand immediate response, and to wait for additional assistance would increase the life threatening nature of the situation.

He is to participate in a countywide computer training course Friday for the in-cruiser systems.

Fire Chief Jim Maglosky’s report stated he has applied for state fire marshall’s training and equipment grants. The department is selling tickets for the reverse raffle March 9 at Ole Zimm’s Wagon Shed, and tickets are available by calling (419) 986-5141.

Mayor Gary Harrison appointed Councilwoman Joyce Harrison and resident Cliff Goodman to the Volunteer Firefighters Dependents Fund committee.

After council approved resignations of Mike Davis and Tim Bonawit from the Howard P. Eells Park board, Harrison appointed Steve Shiley, Becky Harrison, Trish Channels, Jim Wohlgamuth and April Hull to replace them. Council approved Hull as she lives outside village limits.

Harrison said he spoke with State Rep. Rex Damschroder about House Bill 601, which proposes centralizing collection of state income taxes. He learned the bill died with the old legislature, but it may be re-introduced in the new legislature.

Having approved their annual agreement with Swickard Gas for the village’s supply last month, council was notified Swickard Gas is able to decrease the rate to $0.03 per CCF for 2013.

In other actions,


Approved the magistrate court report.

Approved magistrate court clerk Linda Davis attending a training course March 21-22.

Discussed the possibility of installing a bulk water station. The village is to obtain cost estimates and seek public input.

Examined the new sign design to be placed in front of the village complex.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. March 5.