The second of two candidates running for the pair of vacant seats on Bellville Village Council is incumbent Councilman Victor Swisher, who was appointed to the position in 2014.
However, November’s election will mark the first time the Bellville resident has run for the office.
After declaring his candidacy in the upcoming election, Swisher has been working on ideas he believes will improve the village.
“I would like to see Bellville get a medical facility,” he said. “It could be as simple as a doctor’s office but we need something for our citizens here in town. I also would like to get a splash park off the ground. I feel this would be a great addition to the community.”
Swisher explains that while the effort to get a splash park would benefit Bellville it would need a total community effort in order to be constructed.
“Something like this (the splash park) will take a lot of support from citizens to move forward,” he said. “The village tried to get a new pool built and that failed. This is a much less expensive alternative.”
The councilman also has a few long term projects that he believes Bellville needs to keep in mind.
“I think we need to plan for a future waste water treatment plant,” said Swisher. “The upgrades and fixes we are working on now will hopefully get us by for the next 10 to 20 years but at some point it won’t be able to be patched anymore.”
With his experience in dealing with the village’s function, Swisher knows that funding is tight and limited.
“Bellville is no different than most villages in Ohio and around the country,” he said. “Our funding is always an issue, we must use what funds we have to the best of our abilities.”
“We have to always be thinking about what makes Bellville a great place to live and do our best to keep those things up,” said Swisher. “We have dealt with some contentious situations and came out on the other side. We all are doing what we think helps move Bellville forward.”
Polls open for this year’s general election on Nov. 3 at 6:30 a.m.
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