The Bethel Township Board of Trustees (Clark County) met Tuesday, February 10 for a regular bi-monthly meeting.

The discussion centered largely around the newly-announced Taco Bell in Park Layne, as trustees examined the proposed site plan and discussed traffic logistics concerning the new restaurant.  It was decided that the board talk more with Dean Fenton of the Clark County Engineer’s Office regarding the adjacent roadways and secondary exit sites.

Also during the meeting, the trustees voted to approve the Wee Arrows organization’s request to use the Styer building in March, June, September, and December for their raffle events.  The trustees said the Wee Arrows had requested the building rentals at no cost if possible, prompting a long discussion of the township’s building rentals for local organizations.  Trustee Don Minton said he had no problem allowing the Wee Arrows to have the building at no cost, yet the township has a policy set in place for non-profit and other similar organizations.  Bethel Township policy allows 501c3 organizations to rent their buildings up to four times per year at a half-off rate.  

Ultimately, the trustees decided to approve the Wee Arrows’ request for the half-off price reduction, saying they would like to grant free use of the halls to such organizations, but feared they would become “overwhelmed” with so many other groups renting the halls for free of charge that they would have no availability left for paying groups.  Township Coordinator Ray Nelson said nine sessions had been booked at the Styer building in the upcoming months by the group that hosted last year’s craft bazaar in December.  Nelson said this booking will generate more than $2,000 for the township, and that he was glad the bazaar had been so successful.

In news from the Fire Department, Chief Jacob King reported a “significant slow” in the amount of working structure fires, saying his department hadn’t responded to any in the month of February so far.  He said January saw a total of six working structure fires in the township.  Trustees accepted the resignation of Firefighter/EMT Richard White from the BTFD, thanking him for his service.  As of the meeting date, the department had responded to a total of 235 calls for service since the beginning of the year.

The department also hosted a special CPR and First Aid Training Course on Valentine’s Day.  The BTFD hosts these classes once per month at the fire house.  Participants must pay the cost of their certification card for $6 in order to participate.  The “Heart Saver” courses are designed to certify individuals in CPR, while the department also hosts courses for healthcare providers and instructors.

Call the department at 849-0303 to check the next available Heart Saver course coming up in March.

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