Santa Claus is coming to Bettsville

BETTSVILLE – Word has arrived from the North Pole that Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive by fire truck in Bettsville about 10 a.m. Dec. 14. He is to pass out candy canes to children in the village.

The Bettsville Fire Department is taking orders for popcorn balls until Monday. After that date, it will be first come, first served to customers. The cost is $7 per dozen. Call the station at (419) 986-5141.

Fire Chief Jim Maglosky is looking at updating the department’s Jaws of Life as its set is 15 years old. The cost for a new set is $20,000.

The first Polar Bear Jump, “Freezin’ for a Reason” is at H.P. Eells Park Jan. 4. Cost is $25 for a T-shirt and buffet at the American Legion after the jump. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the jump is at 11 a.m. Buffet only is $8. Funds raised go toward 30 new picnic tables at the park.

Community members’ names are being placed in the Ice Block until Jan. 3 where voters choose who must take the plunge for the polar bear jump. The cost is $1 per vote and proceeds go toward the village food pantry.

Village Administrator Jon Dabrunz said repairs are needed at the sewer plant and council approved the repairs on a clarifier and geyser pumps for $23,000. Funds are to be provided by the sewer assessment fund. He said salt and stone have been delivered for winter.

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

In other matters, council:

Heard the second reading of 2014 appropriations.

Approved gifting Lee Windau for mowing and Larry Dunson for assisting the fiscal officer with $100.

Approved the 2014 fire coverage contract with Jackson Township for $26,179.

Discussed tree removal by Hawk Tree Service.

Approved the magistrate report.

Council will have no January meeting but has set a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday session to hear the third reading and approval of 2014 appropriations. The next regular meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4.