Village of Bellville officials told people they are getting ready for the annual spring clean-up event this weekend, and urged council members and others to participate.
The event was mentioned at last Tuesday’s meeting.
The clean-up will be Saturday and Sunday. Council members have been urged to help on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.
Bellville Mayor Darrell Banks told council two people have been hired to fill openings at different posts. One person has been added as a full-time worker at the Street/Parks Department, and a part-time cemetery job has also been created and filled, according to Banks.
He said he has accepted the resignation of Karen Smith from the planning commission and named Brad Smith as replacement.
Council approved an update to the village’s paving ordinance. Banks said there had been “very low standards.” The new ordinance increases the base from four inches to eight inches and calls for four inches of asphalt, as opposed to the two inches formerly required.
Banks said the village would be requiring “under drains” to get rid of sub-surface water.
Councilman Victor Swisher reported to council that community members have asked about any new proceedings about a possible splash park in the village.
Banks told council money is required for street repairs and additional training is required for the police deparment, and a splash park would require ongoing costs.
Swisher said a public meeting would be needed to determine public interest in such a project.
“Getting this built is only the first step,” Swisher said. “Keeping it operational and something nice, we”re going to need some money. If nothing breaks, we’re fine. If something breaks, it won’t be cheap to replace.”
“Where would the money come from to fix what just broke? The police, streets. We have levies for those things, and I don’t think it should be out of the question. It the public wants this, a very small levy to know there is money coming in every year for it only makes sense. To strap us with that cost every year and then not know where that money is going to come from is pretty short-sighted.”
Swisher said parks are an important part of the community but there are costs involved.
“There’s stuff we could do to improve overall parks in our village, even if this doesn’t go,” he said.
“Parks draw interest to our community, something I think we really need to look into,” Swisher said.
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