BETTSVILLE - Bettsville council members Tuesday night discussed the Independence Day celebration at Howard P. Eell's Park.
Camping begins at 5 p.m. July 3 through July 6. Swimming, archery, bounce houses, horseshoes and live music will be available for entertainment. Nature workshops and a greased watermelon contest are set for youth. Vendors are to have wares on display. Fireworks are scheduled for July 4 with the rain date July 5.
Trish Brion said new fishing poles for the park should arrive soon. She suggested soliciting donations to make structural repairs to the diving board and council granted permission.
Upon learning that open liquor consumption has been taking place during the holiday celebration at the park, Solicitor Rick Palau said the village is opening itself up for liability issues. After much discussion, council agreed to recruit a local organization to obtain a liquor license for a beer garden and and no outside alcohol is to be allowed in the park during the event.
Police Chief Brandon Bell reported difficulty in recruiting new officers and suggested the village consider an increase in pay. He is to survey other villages' pay scales. Councilman Stan Poe questioned four-wheelers on village streets. It was declared they are not to be on village streets. In order for golf carts to be on streets, they must be street legal, according to a village ordinance.
Fire Chief Jim Maglosky said water rescue training is to be at the park at 9 a.m. June 22. He also presented quotes for the purchase of a demonstration set Jaws of Life for $16,950 that includes a $1,500 trade-in for its equipment. He said the fire association could share some of the expense. Council members had concerns about the purchase before the outcome of the fire protection levy is known. Maglosky explained the need for greater capability with newer cutters.
In other action, council:
Approved the Regional Income Tax Agency to subpoena all delinquent tax payers to appear before them.
Agreed to pay Steve Shiley $498.23 for materials to create a sign near the bank.
Discussed abandoning a sewer tap on an empty lot with no final decision.
Approved a $5 fee per swim lesson for four lessons June 14-21-28 and July 12.
Heard Seneca County commissioners are to be opening bids for the Elm Street culvert replacement Tuesday.
Heard Brion is to conduct children's events at H.P. Eells Park 1-4 p.m. Saturdays.
Approved costs not to exceed $400 for two inflatables and attendants during Independence Day weekend.
Heard all accounts contain $1,422,094.50.
Approved the magistrate court report.
Approved a 5K run or walk at H.P. Eells Park in August.
Poe suggested the village create a liaison position for the village website for better public communication.
Council plans to meet in special session at 6 p.m. Tuesday to move forward with the proposed fire protection levy. Following that will be a 7:30 p.m. meeting with Liberty and Jackson township trustees, council representatives and EMS squad members along with county officials to discuss the future of their EMT program at the Liberty Township house.