Bettsville panel talks park funding

BETTSVILLE – Howard P. Eells Park board member April Hull spoke to Bettsville council members about funding for the park Tuesday evening.

She has examined an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grants and a Joint Solid Waste District grant. The Solid Waste grant is up to $10,000 with the village providing 20 percent of the funding and the park must participate in the recycling program. The park could use 32 new picnic tables.

It was announced Boy Scout Hunter Davidson from Old Fort was going to build several picnic tables to acquire his Eagle Scout designation.

Hull also inquired about setting up a non-profit entity to benefit the park.

Bettsville’s fire department is beginning its 36-hour firefighter training Oct. 12. Pump and hose testing will be done this month.

Police Chief Don Mason stated the 2011 Ford Escape cruiser has been prepared and was to start service Wednesday. The advanced crisis intervention training his officers were participating in has been changed to Nov. 5.

Village Administrator Jon Dabrunz reported receiving a $23,900 estimate for geyser pump installation at the sewer plant from IFM. The Ford F250 truck for the street department also has arrived and will need the snow plow added.

Mayor Gary Harrison reminded everyone that a .5-mill, five-year replacement park levy is to be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

A letter from Ken Majors, county EMS director, was shared. The county wants to recognize EMT personnel in the villages and townships.

Officials set 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 27 for trick-or-treat in the village. The Salem United Methodist Church also is offering “trunk or treat” in the church parking lot for those outside the village limits to participate. Coffee and hot chocolate are to be available.

The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of personnel issues.

In other matters, council:

Heard the second reading of an ordinance to regulate the rates and charges and services to be rendered by Swickard Gas Co. for natural gas furnished to the village for 2014

Approved a resolution approving the auditor of state local government services letter for UAN training and appropriating $1,000 toward those costs and declaring an emergency

Set the final brush pick up for the season Oct. 17.

Approved the magistrate court report.

Discussed a dog ordinance for the village.

Approved renewing medical insurance coverage for the village administrator.

Examined estimates for fence replacement at the park but are seeking more quotes.

Heard Steve Shiley is making a community bulletin board to be erected near Old Fort Bank and is to be reimbursed for materials.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5.