BETTSVILLE - Bettsville Police Chief Don Mason announced to council members Tuesday evening that arrests have been made after recent break-ins. But with crime on the rise he is encouraging residents to lock doors, windows and cars. He noted that most recent entries have not been forced, and it is up to the individual to protect their property.
The village would like to proceed with the formation of a block watch program, but a local citizen is needed to volunteer as the coordinator between the citizens and the police department. Those interested should contact Sgt. Melissa Broshious at (419) 986-5748.
Mason also said new officer Tyler Nagy has been added to the force and reserve officer Shaun Beckley moves to a part-time position.
Recent burglaries at Howard P. Eells Park prompted council to ask Village Administrator Jon Dabrunz to investigate the costs of installing security cameras at the park and the village offices.
Dabrunz reported a lift station pump on CR 590 had to be replaced and that the village is working with engineers on determining which streets are to be paved through a $44,700 Community Development Block Grant. The project is to be put out for bids once that is accomplished. The village is responsible for $2,500 and engineering fees.
Park Manager Linda Davis said 60 children are participating in the migrant camp experience. Two cross country meets are scheduled at the park with a tentative third one planned. There is to be a 5K run to benefit the local food pantry at 10 a.m. Oct. 20.
The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of personnel issues.
In other matters, council:
Learned work is to begin on the Verizon tower soon.
Heard testing of the emergency warning siren is to be 11 a.m. the first Saturday monthly.
Heard the Seneca Water Rescue Team would be training at the park quarry Aug. 18.
Learned the Fire Dept. Golf Scramble at Nature Trails takes place Oct. 13.
Heard the cash summary by funds report and approved the financial report.
Heard the first reading of the resolution for the 2013 budget.
Approved the magistrate court report.
Approved the 2013 Mayors' Association dues of $40.
Appointed Councilwoman Joyce Harrison to the FEMA mitigation plan team.
Heard clean-up sent two letters and made one phone call with positive results.
Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4.