Council talks sewage, agrees on improvement effort at opera house


BELLVILLE — The village’s dealings with the company that was hired to supply sewage treatment apparatus continues in a state of limbo.

Village administrator Larry Weirich told council members at Tuesday’s meeting that the equipment supplied by Rota Mix is working but not giving enough circulation.

A representative of another group, JGM Valve, Joe Pitoniak, met with Weirich Wednesday.

Weirich told council the mix is eight feet from the top of the tank and that there will be a crust again. A number of people in the village have remarked on the aroma that sometimes emanates from the sewage treatment plant.

Council went into an executive session at the Tuesday meeting to discuss the topic.

Weirich, in his report to council, said that the matter has been turned over to Sarah and Jeff Mussman, village solicitors.

Mayor Teri Brenkus told council the rate for use of the village’s opera house should be doubled, from $75 to $150, so that the fee can be split between the village and the group refurbishing the structure. The opera house is located atop village hall. Council agreed that the fee could be changed.

Council member Vic Swisher said changes in the structure should encourage people to use it more frequently. Brenkus said the committee working on the opera house project is applying for two grants: for air conditioning and insulation at a cost of $18,000, and for money to do painting, at $14,000.

Brenkus said grant applications have to show there is sustainability before a grant an be approved.

Jeff Mussman asked where information about the rates is now.

Brenkus said it is “on the wall” at the opera house. Fiscal officer Brigette Gatton said the opera house is probably rented a couple of times a year now.

The grant applications have to go through the Richland County Development Group (RCDG). The Bellville project comes under the Bellville Arts and Beautification sector of the RCDG’s operations.

The opera house is on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of buildings.

Gatton reported that the village has received $36,069 in impact fees from the Speedway station along State Route 97 at I-71. The village has also received impact fees from Avita health care and Love’s.

Council member Bruce Snyder reported that blacktopping is being done in the Bellville cemetery. Weirich said the project is being done by hand so that nothing can get onto the stones in the cemetery. The workers, a husband and wife and two little kids, according to Weirich, are doing the work by hand with a bucket.

Former council member Rich Osborn was at the meeting, and he told council about his encounters involving the Clear Fork River.

He said he thanks current council member Joann Palmer for help when the river has come up. The last time that happened Osborn said he and Fred (owner of Fred’s auto repair) were “sweating bullets” as they watched the water rise.

Osborn said he has a system on his telephone, which will sound an alarm whenever the depth of water in the river goes up a foot.

He said most recently the river crested at 10.25 feet. At 12 feet deep the water is on the road, Osborn said. The water was up to the guard rails, he said.

Brenkus also reported on the Bellville Walks project, in which known people in the village encourage others to walk with them.

Weirich was the person designated the Bellville celebrity last week, when he walked with anyone who wanted to join him. He said he got two people and they walked “to Stoodt’s to get donuts.”

This barricade blocks off a section of the Bellville Cemetery, where sealing is being done on roads. Village administrator Larry Weirich said the group doing the work is working carefully so that no sealant gets on gravestones. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star
http://thebellvillestar.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2017/08/web1_paint.jpgThis barricade blocks off a section of the Bellville Cemetery, where sealing is being done on roads. Village administrator Larry Weirich said the group doing the work is working carefully so that no sealant gets on gravestones. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star

 

By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER

lswartzwalder@aimmediamidwest.com