By BILL HENDERSON
Bellville’s Streetscape lighting has been changed and Village Council members say they like it. The Bellville Village Council reviewed ongoing projects at their March 18 meeting.
Mayor Darrell Banks reported to the Council that the street lights along Main Street have been changed out. The lights put up at the completion of last year’s “Streetscape Project” were not what the Village intended. The project included new sidewalks, storm drainage and additional street lights. However, the first type of lighting installed was very bright and glaring.
Joann Palmer said she was “impressed” with the new lighting and the effect it creates in Bellville’s Main Street business district. Mayor Banks said that he has heard “positive comments” about the change.
In the Mayor’s report, Banks updated Council members on the progress of a water “sub-district.” As previously reported, the sub-district would allow communities along the Clear Fork River greater flood control opportunities.
The Bellville Village Council passed a resolution requesting the creation of a sub-district within the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy last month. The Mayor indicated Lexington has also passed a resolution calling for the sub-district and that Butler is expected to do the same. The Mayor indicated he will be meeting with surrounding Townships in the near future.
Council members learned that ODOT plans roadwork on I-71, from the Knox County line to State Route 39 later this spring. Residents can look forward to the first clear signs of warm weather approaching: orange barrels on the highways.
Fiscal Officer Brigette Gatton told the Council that overtime and road salt budgets are holding out in spite of above average winter weather. Salt was purchased at a significantly lower price last year following mild winters. It is unknown if salt prices will be higher next winter.
Councilman Larry Rose asked if other members had received complaints from residents regarding gas line repairs and replacement in the Village. “I received two emails with complaints about gas company employees being rude and tracking in mud on carpets,” Rose indicated.
Mayor Banks explained that two companies, Mid-Ohio Pipeline and Midland, have been replacing gas lines in the Village. He said he found their employees to be polite and had not heard of any further complaints.
Regarding the similar situation of door-to-door solicitation, Mayor Banks urges residents to exercise caution. “Anyone coming to your door soliciting, ask them for a permit,” Banks said.
The Mayor reported that demolition of the structure at 186 School Street will be taking place soon. He indicated that asbestos and other inspections were complete.