Council talks anniversary plans

BETTSVILLE – Bettsville celebrates its 175th anniversary this year. Resident Lois Showalter addressed council Tuesday evening about the possibility of having an event to mark the occasion. Howard P. Eells Park has been suggested as the location for a flea market, craft show, car show, motorcycle show and softball games. They would like to involve church and school groups in the festivities.

Showalter suggested cardboard and duct tape boat races in the quarry at the park as well as rubber duck races in Wolf Creek.

Mayor Gary Harrison invited Showalter to the March 21 park board meeting to present ideas.

Other park business included the hiring of park manager Brittany Twigg for the summer. The village is to advertise for lifeguards soon. Aaron Smith was approved as a new park board member.

Forms were sent home from Bettsville School Monday for sign up for little league. Those interested may apply 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays in March at the American Legion.

Police Chief Don Mason said he was approved for a firearm requalification program that is good until 2016. Members of the department are attending a school attacker response course Thursday in Bexley. March 21, they are to participate in an active shooter training in Barberton that is designed to teach strategies, philosophies and concepts to enhance a single officer’s response.

The dash camera has been replaced in the cruiser and members started using the new countywide Phoenix computer reporting system in the cruiser.

Buying chlorine in bulk for the water plant has proven to be a savings and is more convenient, according to Village Administrator Jon Dabrunz. He also reported a lift pump is on order for the pump station.

Fiscal Officer Larry Dunson presented his report. He asked for direction on where to deposit the $650 monthly payment from Verizon Wireless for the land/lease agreement with the village.

Resident Don Gamertsfelder asked about trees needing trimmed or cut down. The village still is awaiting an estimate for the project from Hawk Tree Service.

The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of finances.

In other business, council:

Heard the second reading of an ordinance establishing a penalty of $100 for not cutting nuisance weeds.

Heard the second reading of a resolution allowing the fiscal officer to move funds within the project code with council’s approval.

Approved the magistrate’s report.

Heard the fire department will be burning a house and vehicles for training.

Discussed a bulk water station and heard Poggemeyer Design Group has made application for a grant or loan.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. April 2.