Annexation issues resurface at Bethel meeting

October 10th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

During a recent Bethel Council meeting, solicitor George Leicht told council members that an annexation request for property north of the village had been received.

The owner of the property, Jim Royse, wanted to annex four tracts of land which include a pay lake and its perimeter property. Leicht expected the expense to survey the property to be about $1,000 and said that historically that expense would be paid for by the village.

The finance committee will discuss the matter and make a recommendation to council about how to proceed.

During the meeting, Rick Moore, a resident from Brown Street, addressed council regarding the proposed annexation.

Moore had a petition with 41 signatures of residents from Brown and Osborne streets who are opposed to the annexation.

Moore stated that Tate Township had ordered Royse to shut down the Radio Controlled track. Moore said that the only reason Royse wanted to be annexed into the village was to continue his operation.

The track operated Friday through Sunday and Moore said that the noise from the track and the public address system was a nuisance. He had recorded the sound from the track.

Leicht requested that Ron Dunn, zoning inspector for Bethel, investigate the matter. According to Leicht, the village would need to consider any noise ordinances that may be in place before annexation could take place.

The question of committees keeping minutes of their meetings was brought up by Rus Whitely. Joe Houlihan, chair of the safety committee said that he had never kept minutes and Gary Hutchinson said that he didn't see the need for minutes since no official actions take place during committee meetings.

Whitely reminded council members that Sunshine laws require a record of any open meetings and said that according to the council pay ordinance, minutes will be kept of committee meetings.

Leicht advised all committees to take minutes at future meetings.

In other business:

• Butch Loudon of the American Legion requested permission for the Legion to hold its annual Christmas Campaign to benefit local needy families by collecting money 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Council approved the request for a police detail.

• Council set Beggar's Night in the village from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

• The finance committee noted that the water tower was in need of repair.

Committee members recommended that the interior wax be done at this time and the outside painting be considered for 2010.

• Village Administrator Travis Dotson recommended that the village enroll in the Ohio Plan for liability insurance. The previous insurance through PEP would cost the village $27,240. The new plan will cost the village $18,960.

Council authorized Dotson to change plans.

• New padlocks were purchased for various village fences and gates including the water plant property. It was noted that hunting and fishing on the water plant property is prohibited.

• Bethel Building and Loan is planning an art festival for May 8 - 9, 2010.

The event is scheduled to go along with East Fork rowing competition and will feature juried artwork.

• Due to the Columbus Day holiday, the next Bethel council meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

• Police Chief Mark Planck reported that Grant Career Center auto collision instructor Mike Patton has agreed to have the class repaint the 2004 Ford Explorer police vehicle. Smyth's Automotive has donated the paint and other materials for the project. Planck said that he is hopeful the project will be complete in time for the Christmas parade on Dec. 5.
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