BELLVILLE — The village of Bellville is moving into spring in a number of ways.
Mayor Teri Brenkus and village administrator Larry Weirich told council members last week a number of plans are underway for springtime improvements.
And, a talent show under consideration for an event in the opera house, is on.
Brenkus said a committee working on opera house operations has decided a talent show will be May 27 at 7 p.m. People wishing to be in the show will have to audition April 23 at 2 p.m.
Clean-up of the village will be happening in several ways. The Ohio Department of Transportation has marked off an area at the intersection of State Routes 97 and 13, where a flower bed will be built, said Brenkus. The bed, installed by Liberty Gardens, should be in place by Memorial Day.
A trail clean-up is scheduled for April 15 at 8 a.m.Chompers Tree Service will be leading the way by cutting down trees.
Boy Scouts will be on hand to help remove trash. The American Legion has offered to feed volunteers lunch on that day, Brenkus said.
Weirich asked council for authorization to buy a chassis body for a dump truck, in the amount of $85,612. The request was approved. There will also be a new police cruiser, which will be picked up over the weekend. The village is looking at a new mower, which will cost $8,000, Weirich said. Funds for that could come from the storm sewer fund, which has money from impact fees paid by businesses in the State Route 97 and I-71 area, he said.
Moneys have been received from Love’s Real Estate and Englefield Oil, which is putting up a revamped Duchess filling station. Money from Avita, which will be building an office structure in that area, has not been received, though they have been given final approval for their plan.
The village is working on plans for the Community Trail clean-up on April 15.
The larger “Dumpster Day” will be May 6.
The council gave final approval for an agreement with the Clear Fork Youth League for its use of fields for the upcoming season.
Several items the village has been considering have been put on hold.
Council member Jason Guilliams, who is chairman of the Parks, Buildings and Grounds committee, said a feasibility study for a possible dog park revealed that the public generally doesn’t support such an operation.
The Community Development Committee is continuing to study options for improving the village’s website, said Clint Knight, chairman of that committee. It is also looking at a possible “festival of lights” event which could be held at Christmas time.
A new police clerk, Heather John, began duties Monday, March 27. She will be on duty from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.