BELLVILLE — Village officials are contemplating something that many think will make the Clear Fork valley even more noticeable.
Love’s is about to install a gigantic flagpole and flag, at its facility at the intersection of I-71 and State Route 97 west.
The new flag, which will be on a “monster flagpole,” is going to be placed because there has been a “bunch of help,” according to Bellville mayor Teri Brenkus.
Brenkus said she has found several local businesses which are donating their time and money to be able to install the flag.
Large flags can be seen many places in the United States.
Brenkus says she sees a giant flat on State Route 33 when she goes to Athens. Some can be seen outside car dealerships. A flag which is billed as the biggest in the country is in Long Beach, Ca.,
This item is 505 by 225 feet, and weighs 3,000 pounds. It takes 500 people to unfurl the flag.
The local flag, which costs $20,000, will be 120 feet tall.
Brenkus said the flagpole is going to be delivered to Kokosing, where is will be painted. Brennstuhl is laying the foundation for the flagpole. Lexington Concrete is donating concrete to be poured. Ken’s Crane Service will help to raise the flagpole.
K. E. McCartney and Associates has done engineering work for the project.
The Richland County Devel0pment Group has been working on the project, taking in donations, Brenkus said.
The timing for putting up the flag has been delayed because of the need to get it painted, Brenkus said. No specific date has been set for installation.
Village council at its Tuesday meeting could not conduct any official business, because there wasn’t a quorum.
Nadine Sheriff, who had appeared at a recent meeting, attended again and spoke about her interest in making changes to ordinances which govern upkeep in residences where there are tenants.
Council member Jason Potes said a committee he chairs had discussed Sheriff’s request, but decided people at the Richland County Health Department have responsibility for that area.
Sarah Mussman, village solicitor, attended with her four children. She has two older sons, Bobby and Jerry, and twins, Tony and Mary.
Village administrator Larry Weirich and Brenkus helped with child care during the meeting.
Weirich held Mary, and in giving his report, said he would defer to his “assistant.” Mary was sitting on his lap