BETHESDA-Flags outside Bethesda City Hall were lowered to half mast Thursday night upon the news of Police Chief and Village Administrator Tim Zdanski's passing. Zdanski suffered a heart attack last Friday while visiting the Columbus area with his wife, Penny.
Village council was in session when Officer Jeremy Campbell received the phone call from a family member.
"On behalf of village council I want to express our sadness and condolences to the Zdanski family," Mayor Marty Lucas said. "He was a good man, and this is a terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
Bethesda village Council reviews this year’s Chautauqua Homecoming Days at Thursday night’s meeting. From left are, Mayor Marty Lucas, Village Solicitor Marlin Harper, Councilmen Paul Fitch, Rodney Miller and Dirk Davis.
At the beginning of the meeting. Mayor Lucas acknowledged Hilliard Police Officer Tony Larosa, who was the first responder to Chief Zdanski. He accompanied Zdanski's wife to the hospital and stayed with her until family members arrived.
Prior to the news, council discussed the recent Chautauqua Homecoming Days. Both the 5K run/walk and the children's fishing tournament were successful. Councilman Rod Miller, who organized the 5K, presented council with a check for $750 from the proceeds after setting aside $500 toward next year's race. Miller thanked the sponsors, fire department, Hazen Lodge 251, co-organizer Cindy Foose and his wife Denise for their help in the first-time event.
Councilman Dirk Davis reported on the fishing tournament sponsored by the Chautauqua Homeowners Association and Hazen Lodge 251. Participation more than doubled for this event with organizers giving away 77 t-shirts and fishing poles. Davis said 32 sponsors donated $50 or more, and he thanked them and council for their assistance.
The mayor commented that the feedback was all good about these events and the car show in spite of threatening weather. He commended Miller, Davis and Hazen Lodge for their efforts.
Dick Quinlan, who is working on the water system project, gave council members an update on items needed to firm up grant funds and reporting including a map of exact locations of lines and problem areas, fire hydrant locations and any desired changes and a file of master copies of infrastructure maps to be kept at City Hall.
A city crew has found two water leaks and is in progress with addressing them. The Oak St. lead has been fixed; the second leak was determined to be at a residence. The owner was notified and is responsible for the repair.
Councilman Dave Wines said people have inquired about sidewalk replacement and a matching program that was in place several years ago. At the time, property owners were able to split sidewalk repair costs with the town up to $500. Members decided that funds were available for a few repair projects and will develop guidelines for a new program.
The Bethesda village council meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.
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