Bellville council considers allowing alcohol consumption in Opera House


BELLVILLE — The Bellville village council is considering an ordinance that will allow consumption of alcohol in the former Opera House in village hall.

The first reading of a bill that will allow consumption, under rules determined by the village mayor, was given at the council’s most recent meeting.

The old Opera House is located on the second floor of village hall.

Council approved a resolution allowing village residents to remove waste wood in Palm Park to use for their own purposes. The understanding under the resolution is that there is no guarantee of usefulness of the wood, but that patron use is allowed.

Council is continuing to look at changes proposed to impact fees and storm water charges, which affect development in the Clear Fork valley area. The first reading of ordinances making the changes was given in a January meeting of council. At last week’s meeting, the ordinances were given their second reading.

The villlage’s planning commission has been analyzing the current provisions for obtaining fees from businesses in the area of I-71 and State Route 97.

Recommendations were made by the civil engineering firm K. E. McCartney and Associates, Inc. The changes would be to an ordinance enacted in the 1990s.

Four ordinances are under consideration by council: to amend runoff control, to amend storm water charges, to amend road and water impact fees and replace road, water and sewer impact fees, and to clarify the commercial site plan review process.

Under the recommenation of Brian McCartney, with K.E. McCartney, the traffic impact fee would be reduced by roughly 22 per cent, and the water impact fee would be reduced by about 39 per cent.

McCartney’s recommendation also was that there be no impact fee for the use of waste water facilities. Richland County maintains the infrastructure for waste water treatment.

In the area of storm water handling, McCartney said a cap of a maximum $50 a month fee should be removed.

In the long term, the two impact fee districts currently in place should be reduced to one, McCartney recommended.

By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER

lswartzwalder@civitasmedia.com

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