Bettsville picks up after recent storms

BETTSVILLE – Village residents served as volunteers to clean up their community after the July 10 storm. Mayor Gary Harrison was thanked for spending hours chipping brush. The village’s police and fire departments’ personnel pitched in to help clear roadways and keep traffic safe and moving. The village’s brush pile is quite large and they are hiring out the chipping for the remainder at a cost of $1,300.

If residents still have brush, they are being asked to deliver it to the village complex to be chipped.

The Zion United Church of Christ also is recognizing the police and fire departments’ personnel and their family members with a 9/11 remembrance luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8 at the church.

Police Chief Don Mason reported two new reserve officers, Amy Dickman and Stephanie Patterson, have joined the force. Another two officers are obtaining their notary public certifications. Council previously had approved the purchase of a 2011 Ford Escape for a new cruiser for a cost of $21,265. It should arrive shortly in need of being detailed and having a cage installed.

Mason also reminded residents that with the increase of robberies in the county, they should make sure all doors and windows are locked on houses and vehicles.

Park board liaison Joyce Harrison and board member Steve Shiley said next year’s Independence Day celebration at the park may last from Wednesday throughout the weekend. They have been discussing Christmas in July, obtaining sponsors for shelter house upkeep and upgrading a shelter. They said the concession stand and restrooms have been painted. They plan to add kid’s handprints to the building for a charge of $5 each. Cross country competitions are planned to be run at H.P. Eells Park in August and September.

Village Administrator Jon Dabrunz reported the sewer plant needs to add more geyser pumps and Poggemyer is obtaining bids for the project. Just the cost of the pumps and no additional engineering fees should be necessary.

He also relayed the approved purchase of a Ford 250 truck for $24,000 has been completed and delivery should be Aug. 19. A utility bed and plow are to be added.

The village wants to make application for additional street paving from Issue I funding by Sept. 6. A committee, consisting of Rob Toy and Bill Klaiss, was formed to examine which streets have the greatest need. An ordinance is to be approved to make application for an Ohio Public Works Commission grant with the village expecting to take out a $30,000 loan as their portion of the project.

Resident Ed Straub addressed council about receiving a letter referring to placing items near the street. He has telephone poles placed along his property protecting his boulevard from being run over by trucks turning the corner. After discussing the destruction trucks have done to his lawn and sidewalk in the past, members granted permission for him to leave the poles in place.

The meeting moved into executive session for personnel issues.

In other business, council:

Approved the Mayors’ Association dues of $40.

Heard the backhoe sold for $10,781.

Discussed mosquito spraying.

Approved a resolution to transfer $4,000 from the General Fund to the Park Fund and declaring an emergency.

Approved the magistrate court report.

Discussed removal of a dead tree on private property that could be a safety issue. Solicitor Rick Palau is to create an ordinance speaking to the issue.

Heard the Verizon tower still is not operable but should be completed next week.

Extended congratulations to C.J. Smalley for completing his 36 hour fire class.

Heard request for a vacating of an alleyway for purchase.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3.