Bettsville EMS honored

BETTSVILLE – Seneca County EMS Director Ken Majors, county commissioners Jeff Wagner and Holly Stacy and Liberty Township Trustee Tim Lynch recognized Bettsville’s EMT personnel during the council meeting Tuesday evening.

Celebrating the organization’s 35th anniversary, Majors presented Lynn Sayer, Jennifer Compliment, Melinda Bowling, Vickie Smalley, Rebecca Newland, Lorie Dymond, Matt Strausbaugh, Nick Kerlin and Brittany Twigg with certificates and commemorative challenge coins. Sayer has served as an EMT for 24 years and Strausbaugh for 19 years.

They said volunteers are difficult to find, but there always will be a squad available when needed.

Park board member April Hull said she is applying for a $500 Steps Outside grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. She plans to use it for a “Fishing with Family and Friends Day” in May at H.P. Eells Park.

Resident Steve Shiley said the community bulletin board soon is to be erected near Old Fort Bank in Bettsville to announce all civic and organizational happenings in the community.

Fire Chief Jim Maglosky’s report noted a short in the public alert siren and repairs are under way. The village also needs updated hydrant flow tests for rescoring. Push button door locks with audit trail are being installed at the fire department and all personnel needing access to the facility will need to make arrangements to be able to code in.

The department’s annual popcorn ball sales are to begin soon. The cost is $7 per dozen and can be ordered by calling (419) 986-5141 beginning Nov. 21.

The Attica Police Department has donated a $5,000 moving radar system to Bettsville’s department. Officers are discussing upgrading their facility with donated flooring and laptops.

Village Administrator Jon Dabrunz is preparing the plow and salt spreader for winter weather.

In other matters, council:

Adopted 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.

Accepted the resignation of Police Chief Don Mason effective Nov. 4.

Heard the first reading for 2014 appropriations.

Approved the magistrate court report.

Are considering the Star Program, a state investment program, for the village.

Announced the downtown Christmas tree lighting is at 6 p.m. Nov. 24, hosted by Zion United Church of Christ. Santa is to visit following the ceremony.

Heard the zoning committee has spoken with the owner of 17 dogs.

Council’s next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3.