Firm completes Bettsville paving

BETTSVILLE – M&B Asphalt Co. Inc. has completed its paving project in Bettsville with funds provided by a $44,700 Community Development Block Grant, according to Village Administrator Jon Dabrunz. He said Davis Street also was paved, but was not part of the original plan and cost the village $10,000.

A changing of the guard takes place this summer with the retirement of Fiscal Officer Larry Dunson, effective June 13. After a short executive session, members approved Sewer Clerk Angela Michaels as the village’s new fiscal officer for an annual salary of $14,000 with a 90-day probationary period.

Several new activities have been added for the 175th anniversary celebration of the village at Howard P. Eells Park June 29-30. A flea market, kiddie tractor pulls and a cardboard boat race will be offered. Final plans are to be presented at council’s next meeting.

Mayor Gary Harrison is requesting that Bettsville School District approve the placement of a .5-mill five-year renewal levy for the park operations to be placed on the Nov. 5 ballot.

An open house for Bettsville’s fire department is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 19 with the Fire Association serving breakfast in the morning, followed by equipment demonstrations and activities for the children.

In his report, Fire Chief Jim Maglosky said ladders have been tested and passed, and the department received a State Fire Marshall’s grant for fire training. He also commended firefighters Scott Harrington, Nick Kerlin, Greg Powell and Dave Smalley for passing their Class I testing.

Police Chief Don Mason reported three officers participated in pipeline safety training in Fremont and two officers are attending an Ohio Tactical Officer Association training May 22-23 in Perrysburg.

Resident Don Young approached council about stoning an alleyway near his property and learned it was the village’s responsibility. He also was told he could trim pine trees overlapping his property line.

Upon approving the magistrate court report, Court Clerk Linda Davis said she is working with a 15-year-old computer and requested council purchase an updated model.

In other news, council:

Suspended the three-reading rule and approved an ordinance prohibiting the raising of bees within the village of Bettsville.

The 2014 budget is to be presented at the next meeting.

Determined the minimum bid for a 1995 backhoe would be $12,000 and for a 1989 Dodge pickup would be $400.

After creating a resolution, residents are to be offered the option of changing their electrical supplier.

Learned the village complex sign is to be installed by Wednesday.

Heard six letters have been sent for cleanup of property, and five have complied.

Approved mosquito spraying by Hopewell Township.

Announced brush pickup occurs Thursdays throughout summer. Brush should be placed near the curb Wednesday evening.

Discussed rates for sewer users.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. June 4.