Zombie fest plans still alive in Bellaire

BELLAIRE The planned zombie festival for Aug 2. in Bellaire may end up being allowed to use portions of village property for some of its outdoor activities.

But it’s not going to be held at the village park.

Resident Dan Brown again via a letter to council asked Bellaire Village Council for a decision either allowing or denying him to use the village park for portions of his 2014 Bellaire, Ohio Zombie Apocalypse Event.

Brown, present at the meeting, explained that if the park wasn’t available, an alternate location would be sufficient and then subsequently asked about the marina area.

He noted that he plans to utilize his Plastic Brick and Toy Museum’s location a large portion of the festival, but things like the car show, face painting and any rides will need an outdoor venue to hold.

He also noted he’s expecting more than 1,000 people to attend.

Councilman Josh Meyer requested that Brown return to council with a full list of just what all activities are planned in order to get a clearer picture of what type of space will be needed.

It was suggested that Brown’s request be brought before the streets and property committee for further discussion. Councilman Jim Piatt did note that he didn’t foresee it being an issue, provided the events weren’t held in the park.

A request from the All-American Days Festival Committee for use of the park for the annual Boo in the Park was also asked to go before committee.

That event, once approved, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.

The co-owner of the newly opened Bardwil’s Grocery Mart approached council about seeking a license to sell beer.

Amanda Doyle told council that Bardwil’s had a deal ready to purchase a current class D-1 license off a local pizza shop.

Since that license is classified as a dine-in option, Bardwil’s would also be opening a Sub Xpress in the store. However, when asked by Piatt, Doyle noted that beer would not be served inside Bardwil’s. It would only function as a carryout in relation to beer sales.

Piatt requested she finish getting her paperwork sign and return to the next council meeting, stating that neither he, nor other council members, foresee a problem with awarding it.

Village Administrator Dan Marling reported to council on bids the village received for some of its older equipment that is no loner in use, including a Chevrolet truck, a 1 ton dump truck and the village’s old street sweeper. The bids received were $145 for the truck (vehicle has a cracked frame), $1,051 for the 1- ton dump truck and $1,251 for the sweeper.

Marling asked that council, before accepting the bids, allow him to inquire as to what the vehicles might fetch if offered up as scrap, as well as any potential trade-in value as a packaged deal. Marling wants to make sure the village gets the most money it can out of the vehicles.

Code Administrator Bill Swoyer’s report stated that in the last two weeks he: issued 10 residential and two commercial building permits; issued one demo permit; two contractors cards; received two state approved plans; condemned one property; performed seven rental inspections and fielded 12 property complaints.

Trick or Treat for the village of Bellaire will be Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6-7:30 p.m.

The next meeting of village council will be Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m.

Hughes may be reached at mhughes@timesleaderonline.com