Fishing, tax collections top business

BETTSVILLE — Bettsville Village Council met Tuesday, hearing upcoming youth event plans, committee updates and the continuation of Regional Income Tax Agency collections.

The meeting began with guest Ed Dow discussing a youth program called “Passport to Fishing.” The program, consisting of a free, 35-minute to one-hour long workshop on fishing safety and various conservation areas is to be available to youths ages 4-17.

In addition to the participating village council, Dow voiced his intent to work with local conservation and volunteer groups to aid in the event’s enrichment (such as Tiffin-based SMYL, Izaak Walton League and the Conservation District), and his desire to better nurture relations between local citizens, schools and townships.

“Passport to Fishing” workshop reservations are due by March 20. For information, call (419) 463-1467, email, visit or send mail to Fishing, 3206 CR 1, Burgoon, OH 43407.

Council then entered into an executive session to discuss personnel.

Once reconvened, council members discussed RITA, which has continued in its efforts to collect, and after identifying 86 non-filers and serving 71 subpoenas, is to turn to legal action. So far, RITA has been successful in recovering more than $8,600, but is far from finished and as agreed upon by council members, is to turn non-responders over to be sued by district prosecutors.

Before adjourning, council members approved the reallocation of county funds, unpacked figures from its 2016-17 audit, closed the Sewer Special Assessment Fund and approved gift cards for Complex lawn and maintenance workers.

In other news, council heard:

• The fire department is having a popcorn ball sale until Monday. Popcorn balls only are to be made to order. Orders can be placed by contacting the department via social media or calling (419) 986-5141.

• Parks committee is looking for one local member to have a full committee to handle park business by Jan. 1.