BETTSIVLLE - Preparations have been completed for Bettsville's Independence Day celebration at Howard P. Eells Park.
Fourteen primitive campsites and one improved site still are available for camping today through Sunday. Vendors offering novelties and food are to set up. Live music provided by Clashing Black is at 6 p.m. before fireworks Friday, which are to start at dark. Rain date for fireworks is Saturday. All participants will be welcome to enjoy the fireworks from the beach this year instead of only park members.
Activities for youngsters include two bounce houses, archery, nature workshops, a greased watermelon contest, fishing and swimming.
Handicap parking now is available. Entry fee to the park is $5 per carload Friday. There is to be no beer garden this year and no outside alcohol is allowed in the park.
Park Manager Brittany Twigg reported swimming lessons are in progress and park policies and procedures for emergency situations are to be reviewed and updated. She also said the park passed the Seneca County Health Department inspection.
The park also has received an $1,859.20 grant from Tiffin Charity Foundation to purchase handicap swings, swings/gliders, basketballs and volleyballs, nets, stencils and paints, horseshoes and a bocce set.
In his report, Fire Chief Jim Maglosky's said water rescue training with lifeguards has finished. He said the department received a $2,700 training grant and thanked the Firefighters' Association for purchasing ground rehabilitation equipment.
Mayor Gary Harrison said Dellinger has been chosen as the contractor to replace a culvert, with a winning bid of $73,000. The village's share for the project is $25,500. Seneca County Board of Commissioners are to award the contract during its meeting Tuesday morning.
Harrison also reported bids for the resurfacing of SR 12 from SR 53 through the village are to be opened July 24.
Public Utilities Commission representative James Lee spoke to council about his organization's role in regulating electric and natural gas utilities. Residents can visit energychoice.ohio.gov to compare offers and contact suppliers.
Councilman Stan Poe questioned an audit finding regarding the park. It showed the park had not been in compliance with its receipts as three receipt books were being used instead of just one. Twigg said a change was made, and only one receipt book now is being used.
Poe also asked why former Fiscal Officer Larry Dunson still has a key to the village office. Harrison said Dunson continues to assist Fiscal Officer Angela Michaels with tasks.
In other matters, council:
Adopted the 2015 budget.
Learned new police officer Jeremy Blanton was hired and sworn into service.
Approved the magistrate report.
Approved an increase of $1,859.20 in appropriations from the Tiffin Charity Foundation grant.
Reimbursed April Hull for park activity expenses.
Reimbursed Twigg for purchasing lifeguard bathing suits.
Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5.