Dancing, talent show in the offing for Bellville residents

BELLVILLE — Springtime activities were discussed at Tuesday’s village council meeting.

But several of the council members admitted they found this time of year is confusing, in its allegiance to weather reminiscent of January.

Mayor Teri Brenkus reminded council members of the upcoming dance events, and a show April 20 at the village opera house.

There is a downtown cleanup day on April 22. That is Earth Day.

But the true fickle nature of spring weather was obvious. Thoughtful consideration of village issues was interrupted by loud thunder and bright lightning flashes.

There is going to be a series of Friday night dance events, led by Susan English, starting April 6. People don’t need a partner to attend.

On dance event Fridays, four restaurants will donate 10 per cent of their proceeds to the opera house. Those restaurants are the Wishmaker House, Black Dog tavern, Fast Eddie’s and Brumby’s. The 10 per cent figure is exclusive of any amount a person pays for an alcholic beverage.

Auditions were held for the talent show at the opera house. Brenkus said it is promised the event will go no longer than 1.5 hours. Too many people participated in last year’s event, she said. So the number is being cut down to 12 performers.

Police chief Ron Willey said there is going to be a day when the department will take back unused drugs from residents.

This will be April 28. People may turn in unused prescription items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are going to be similar events in Shelby, the Richland County sheriff’s department, and the Mansfield police department.

Council members agreed cameras could be installed in village hall. Brenkus and village administrator Larry Weirich said the women who work in the front office can sometimes be heard, involved in a conversation that is a little too loud. The cameras would be installed to monitor front office happenings so people in back rooms, like Brenkus and Weirich, could be aware of what is happening.

Council went over proposed changes in zoning ordinances. They agreed the area around Mid Ohio Tubing should be rezoned to a B3 designation, which would limit the type of businesses which go in should Mid Ohio close down.