The Bellville Police Department will be welcoming two new permanent members to its force following an announcement at the Aug. 18 council meeting.
“Chief Willey, Mayor Banks and I interviewed four candidates for the positions in July,” said Safety Committee Director Bruce Snyder. “We have now narrowed our search down to two.”
Bellville Mayor Darrell Banks confirmed the committee’s decision stating that following meeting with the four applicants, Don Wallace and current Bellville Police auxiliary officer Mathew Corwin will be offered permanent positions.
Wallace was offered the available full-time position following officer Joshua Frech’s departure to the Mansfield Police Department.
“He was on the Ontario Police force for 10 years and spent 10 years as a military police officer,” said Banks of Wallace. His two former roles confirmed his qualification for the job he stated.
Corwin was offered a permanent part-time position with the department.
The two will begin work with the Bellville Police Department as soon as possible.
Along with the police announcement, council listened to a brief presentation from Marc Hollinger from Aspen Energy Corporation regarding the company’s electric aggregation rates that could make it onto the aggregation issue that will appear before village voters on November’s ballot.
Village-wide aggregation combines individual households into a single buying group in order to increase utility rate stability. Aspen is offering Bellville an opt-out aggregation program, which means residents would not be required to do anything to be part of the program.
An agreement between the village and Aspen following the ballot issue’s passage would automatically enter Bellville residents into the aggregation program; however, villagers would be given the choice to opt-out of the program upon implementation.
Council will hold two town-hall style public meetings for residents to fully explain the issue before the upcoming election. The tentative dates for the meetings are set for sometime in October.
Additionally, Councilman Larry Rose stated that the village was prompted to build new tennis courts for Clear Fork’s tennis teams to host matches. Currently, the boys and girls tennis teams play their matches away, as neither the village or the high school have tennis facilities.
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