BELLVILLE — The village of Bellville is moving ahead on a plan to install a new water line off State Route 97 at the intersection with I-71.
Village administrator Larry Weirich told council members at Tuesday’s meeting construction on that line could start this week.
At a previous council meeting, council voted to transfer funds into an appropriate account so the project could go forward.
The project will put in a 748 foot water line, to run in the area by the Speedway station.
Weirich said an easement has been granted so that a fire hydrant can be put in at one business. He said the improved motel to the north of State Route 97 will tie in to the water line, and the McDonald’s will also probably tie in.
Two motels in the area are being refurbished by owners. The one closest to I-71 will become a Days Inn and the one on the hill is going to be a Motel 6.
Development in the area is proceeding, with facilities at the Love’s Real State service facility having a soft opening Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.
A Dunkin Donuts is being built onto the Mickey Mart but no date for that opening has been set.
Mayor Teri Brenkus told council members about the tree which was planted for the late Ginnie Baker. It is a “Sunset” red maple, which has been placed on the banks for the Clear Fork River. Brenkus said some people had expressed concern that it might be damaged in high waters, but Brenkus said that type of tree “loves water.”
The village was given an award plaque from the Richland County Regional Solid Waste Management Authority, for the way residents have contributed to better solid waste efforts.
Ken Bender, executive director of the authority, presented the plaque to Brenkus.
She said she knows efforts by the group have influenced her and her family. She said their trash bag use has been reduced.
Cole Fletcher, who is working on his Eagle Scout badge, explained to council the installation of a wide screen in the meeting room at the Bellville Police station.
He said a few items need to be finished, but it provides a 55-inch interactive television. Several donors, including Smith True Value and Mechanics Bank, contributed to the project.
Council approved contracts with K. E. McCartney and Associates, Inc., for civil engineering services. It also approved one with the Mussman law firm. Sarah Mussman and Jeff Mussman act as village solicitors.
Weirich said he appreciates the work of the McCartney firm. He said they have been a “tremendous help” and are only a phone call away. Brian McCartney is the engineer who has done work for the village.