The Village of Bethel is gearing up for the Down Home Christmas and council members expressed their thoughts about the upcoming event at the meeting on Monday, Nov. 23.
“It looks like Bethel is getting in the holiday spirit with the Christmas lights going up,” said Mayor John Swarthout. “Every year I have people tell me how nice the village looks when they drive through.”
Village Administrator Travis Dotson told council that all the lights were expected to be in place in time for the Down Home Christmas, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5.
"There are a lot of businesses in the village," said councilman Alan Ausman. "I recommend that residents of the village shop in the local businesses during the holiday season."
"If each resident would spend $50 a month in local businesses, it would generate a lot of tax dollars that would stay in the village," said councilwoman Donna Gunn. "I think that there should be a concerted effort to buy goods in Bethel."
In other business:
A public hearing to amend zoning fees was set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 2010.
A concerned resident contacted Gunn about seven pit bulls being kept in a small backyard in the village. It was unclear if a noise ordinance was in place to restrict the noise during the day. Solicitor George Leicht said he would check.
The finance committee approved funding in the 2010 budget to purchase a mini-excavator for the public works department. Resident Rus Whitley suggested that in light of the village's current financial crisis, instead of purchasing the excavator, the village could lease one when needed.
Council approved spending $968 to repair a police cruiser which was involved in an accident. The insurance is $1,000 deductible and approval of the funds will eliminate the need to turn in the claim.
Newly elected council members Mary Daugherty, Priscilla Johnson, and Janice Ireton were present at the meeting. They were recognized and welcomed by council members.