Bettsville street paving to start next month

BETTSVILLE – Bettsville Village Administrator Jon Dabrunz said street paving in the village is to begin the middle of May. M&B Asphalt Co. Inc. was awarded the contract during a November council meeting and the project is being funded through a $44,700 Community Development Block Grant.

The community’s 175th anniversary celebration is to be June 28-29 at Howard P. Eels Park. Then the village recognition for Independence Day follows with camping at the park July 3-6 with fireworks July 4. Council chose to donate more to the firework funds to produce a show for both occasions.

Joe Worland from Worland-Sacksteder Insurance Co. presented council with the renewal policy for law enforcement and vehicle liability, real, personal and miscellaneous property and technology coverage resulting in a $210 premium reduction. Council moved to renew the insurance policy.

Bettsville’s fire department is to conduct a practice house fire at 9 a.m. Saturday. The department will have an open house at the station 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 19, along with the Fire Association’s pancake breakfast.

Fire Chief Jim Maglosky is making application for a State Fire Training grant and a State EMS grant.

Police Chief Don Mason reported officers would be re-qualifying for weapons use in the next 60 days. After receiving school attack training March 7, the department is working with Bettsville School officials to coordinate responses.

Dabrunz approached council and received permission to purchase a 2001 New Holland backhoe for $23,000 from the village of Sycamore. He then requested to replace a 1986 model pick-up truck with a 2013 four-ton super duty Ford with a snowplow and utility box for $34,000. Council approved the purchase paying $10,000 for the box and plow and obtaining a loan for the remaining $24,000.

Dabrunz said the pump for the lift station should arrive this week and catch basins are on order for repairs. He also has made application for an $88,000 CDBG grant for a culvert replacement and walkway.

In other business, council:

Adopted an ordinance establishing a penalty of $100 for not cutting nuisance weeds.

Adopted an ordinance allowing the fiscal officer to move funds within the project code with council’s approval.

Approved 5 percent pay raises to several village employees, declaring it an emergency.

Adopted an ordinance accepting permanent appropriations for 2013, declaring an emergency.

Heard the first reading of the ordinance writing off the water/sewer accounts of Greg Sherman not collected by April 2 as uncollectible after the sale of real estate.

Approved the magistrate report.

Heard teams for T-ball, fast pitch and a C-league are forming.

Determined to divide the $650 monthly payment from Verizon for the use of the village water tower, putting $300 in the park fund with the rest in the General Fund.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. May 7.