Bettsville anniversary event planned

BETTSVILLE – Bettsville resident Trish Brion and her mother, Lois Showalter, are chairwomen for the village’s 175th anniversary celebration June 29-30 at Howard P. Eells Park. Some activities planned for the event include a kiddie tractor pull, archery competition. flea market and camping after 5 p.m. June 28 for $25 for the event. Possible events include a car show, dunk tank and a community bonfire after checking with Fire Chief Jim Maglosky.

Release forms must be signed by participants in a cardboard boat race where lifeguards are to be present. A rowboat is to be nearby and all participants must wear life jackets.

Brion was told she could ask for donations from business owners for the kids’ activities. She requested the village supply two large banners advertising the festival in the downtown area and at the park.

Forms for participation in events are to be available at the village office, library and gas station. More information may be found on Facebook by typing in Bettsville 175 anniversary bash.

Tom Hartsel expressed his displeasure with the discrepancy in sewer fees for in-village customers at $56 and out-of-village customers pay $79. He said he pays the same amount as a family of six. Village Administrator Jon Dabrunz explained the village followed EPA standards set in 2003 and lowering the rates makes it difficult for the village to obtain future grant funding. He said council had determined not to add the annual 3-percent increase to out-of-town customers for three years for that reason.

Dabrunz’s report informed council the lift station pump had been installed and Jackson Township bermed their newly paved streets.

At council’s May 7 meeting, legislation was enacted prohibiting the keeping of bees in the village. Beekeeper Art Marion told council members he has had bees for 10 years and they have never been aggressive and stung anyone. He informed members he has donated all his honey for 2 years to the United Church of Christ. He questioned why the village is now opposing the keeping of bees.

Mayor Gary Harrison said several residents are allergic to bee stings and Councilwoman Joyce Harrison relayed her concern for school children near the hives.

Brion volunteered to supply Marion with information as to where his bees could be moved.

Fiscal Officer Larry Dunson reported the 2014 preliminary budget is nearly completed and will be presented by new Fiscal Officer Angela Michaels at the next meeting.

Maglosky warns residents that open burning is not permissible within the village limits and one can be fined. Recreational fires 3x3x3 feet using seasoned wood are allowable.

In other news, council:

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

Resolved to hire Michaels as the village fiscal officer on a 90-day trial basis at an annual salary of $14,000 commencing June 14 upon the retirement of Larry Dunson.

Approved an ordinance to advertise for bids on a 1995 backhoe and 1989 Dodge pickup at a special meeting May 14.

Determined bids are to be opened at noon June 14 at the complex.

Heard the new sign for the village complex should arrive next week for installation.

Agreed that council approved the RITA tax subpoena program for delinquent payees.

Announced Bettsville, Kansas and Burgoon have combined to have community garage sales June 14 and 15.

Learned Plains LPG donated $500 to the fire department.

Has learned the Bettsville school system has agreed to place a .5-mil five-year renewal park levy on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Heard the police department had four tires donated for their cruiser.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. July 9.