Still one opening on village council

BELLVILLE — Village council, operating with two new members, is looking for one more person to take the remaining open seat.

Stephen Edwards and Josh Epperson, sworn in recently, participated in last week’s council meeting. Two possible members, Rich Osborn and J. J. Burkhart, appeared before council to express their interest.

Osborn has served on council before, leaving last year because of health issues.

He said he had “gotten the most awesome scare for a male” and had to make a choice. He served one and a half years on council after being elected.

Burkhart said he has been in the village for one year, and has a background in training people to perform a variety of services. He said he likes this village because it is “kind and welcoming.” He previously lived in Lexington.

Council went into a brief executive session to discuss the two applicants, but no decision was made.

Mayor Teri Brenkus said the issue would probably be taken up again at the next council meeting, which is Jan. 23.

Police Chief Ron Willey told council statistics for last year showed several felonies. One was an incident where someone involved an 11 year-old minor in “nude oriented material.” Details of this were not stated.

Willey also said the village will be using an alert system, Nixle. This could be used to notify people about a variety of problems, including road closures, a missing person, water main breaks. People can go to Village of Bellville and sign up for the program via a Nixle Widget.

This can be started by going to and creating a user profile.

Both Brenkus and village administrator Larry Weirich gave a review of 2017.

Brenkus said the biggest thing for the year was passage of a three mill levy to bring more money into the Bellville Police Department.

She also talked about the installation of a flower bed, which sits at the intersection of State Route 13 and State Route 97. She said people had told her it was the “ugliest spot” in Bellville. The flower bed was put in with money received from a grant.

Weirich said 7.3 acres were given to the village by James Gorman, for use as a new retention basin. The village has named a street running of State Route 97 west Gorman Rupp Way.

Council also elected a president pro tempore, council member Vic Swisher. The president pro tempore takes over duties from the mayor in his or her absence and would also be in line to take the post if the mayor steps down.


By Louise Swartzwalder

Bellville Star