Bettsville police chief looks to make changes

BETTSVILLE – Newly appointed Police Chief Brandon Bell told Bettsville council members Tuesday night that he has been reviewing and revising policies for the department. Letters have been sent to former officers asking for any village equipment they may have to be returned.

Bell said the department is tying into the county’s records management system and he has developed a records retention policy. Having examined the stored evidence, he is to send state authorities anything pertinent to cold cases and discard the rest.

He also is reviewing resumes to fill vacant positions in the department.

Joe Worland from Sacksteder-Worland Insurance presented council with the figures for next year’s coverage for buildings, vehicles, technology, liability and miscellaneous equipment and property. With the addition of two vehicles, snow blade and back hoe, the premium increased by $1,382.

Howard P. Eells Park Manager April Hull said the $1,392 raised at the Polar Bear Plunge is to be used to purchase 12 large picnic tables and three small tables. Council approved that purchase plus stain for the project. Boy Scout Hunter Davidson also is making several tables for the park as his Eagle Scout project.

A spring clean-up at the park was discussed and Hull said six lifeguards are returning this year with plans to add one more.

Events at the park include an Easter egg hunt for children 9 years old and younger at 1 pm. April 12 sponsored by the American Legion. Rain date has been scheduled for April 19. A fishing derby is set for May 3 and the annual car show is May 24.

Village Administrator Jon Dabrunz stated Clouse Electric is preparing a purchase order for the variable frequency drives at the well house and he is obtaining bids for painting the water tower. He said another $35,000 had been added to permanent appropriations for the tower painting and the frequency drives at the water plant. He also has been filling potholes.

Councilman Scott Harrison suggested additional compensation for Dabrunz because he has worked extra hours plowing snow and repairing water breaks in winter. Council approved a $2,500 bonus.

In other matters, council approved an ordinance accepting the 2014 permanent appropriations.

Also, council discussed opposing views of council members and Facebook postings regarding the village.

Council set a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. April 22 to discuss park issues. The regular session is at 6:30 p.m. May 6.