Times Leader?Staff Writer
BETHESDA -- Village council met Thursday night to discuss the upcoming water system improvement project.
The village of Bethesda will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the water system improvement project on Friday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. Business owners and all residents are invited to attend the event at the Municipal Building, located at 112 S. Main St. This water system improvement has been anticipated for several years, and it will replace approximately 90% of the village's water system mains. The current system dates back to 1936 and is prone to breakage, which can be hazardous to villagers' health and safety.
The village applied for a $3.7 million interest-free loan from Ohio's Water Supply Revolving Loan Account to complete the water system improvement project, which will also provide for new fire hydrants with storz-type fittings and new water meters. The water meters will be able to electronically transmit readings to a water department vehicle, cutting the time it takes to read meters from a week and a half to two hours. This will allow meters to be read on a monthly basis and make billing and record-keeping more efficient. The village will connect to the Belmont County water system's new two million gallon water tank on S. R. 147 south of Belmont. In turn, construction on a new village elevated water storage tank will be abolished. The new village water system will stay connected to Barnesville's water system in case of emergency.
The village council approved five new traffic signs, to be purchased from Logo Tech. Three "Children at Play" signs will be placed along Maple Street, and two 25 MPH speed limit signs will be placed along Willow Street.
An issue of unsafe sidewalk in need of repair on Maple Street was discussed. Council president Paul Fitch stated, "My question is, who's liable for this: the village or the property owner?"
Council agreed that the owner is responsible for repair, but the village could still be held liable if someone was injured by the sidewalk. The council agreed to send the property owner a letter requesting it be fixed.
The council approved a building permit for Jerry Jefferis to build a new home on his property at S. Main Street.
Finally, Trick-or-Treat will be held Oc.31 from 5-7 p.m., with a parade to begin at 4:30 p.m. Line-up will begin at 4 p.m. at the Methodist Church. The Village Council will sponsor four trophies to be awarded for Best Costumes; the categories are Scariest, Prettiest, Youngest, and Most Original.