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Outdoor events being planned in Bellaire

Farmers market, car show on tap for 2021

Photo Provided MANY TENTS are set up last July during an Ohio Valley Farmers Market in Bellaire. The market is set to kick off its season in the village on May 15 this year.

BELLAIRE — Now that Ohio is beginning to lift some restrictions on gatherings related to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are beginning to make plans for warm-weather events across the Ohio Valley.

After Bellaire Village Council’s regular meeting Thursday, Village Treasurer Tom Sable said council heard a request from the Ohio Valley Farmers Market to start the weekly gathering early this year. Council approved the request from Susan West that calls for the market to begin May 15 and continue through Oct. 30.

The market is held on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the village parking lot off Belmont Street. The area can be seen from Ohio 7. The popular farmers market offers vegetables, crafts and other goods.

Council also approved another request from Aaron Patterson, who is planning a car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 in the area of City Park.

In other matters, council approved an ordinance forming a new 501c3 non profit group, the Community Foundation for the village of Bellaire. Its board of directors also was approved and includes two village residents, Ben Doyle and Sam D’Accione, and three village officials, Mayor Vince DiFabrizio, Village Administrator Mike Wallace and a representative of the treasurer/auditor office, which can be Sable or Deputy Auditor Marla Krupka.

Sable noted Councilman Mike Doyle abstained from voting on the ordinance because one of the proposed board members, Ben Doyle, is his son.

“They are two excellent people,” Sable said of the two resident picks for the board.

He noted Doyle is the principal at Bellaire Elementary School and D’Accione is a long-time village resident.

Meanwhile, council decided not to go-ahead with paying for a premium cable service bill incurred at the Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department. Sable said the village already pays for regular cable and internet services for the department, but did believe taxpayers should pay for premium channels. He noted the extra channels may have accidentally ordered or it may have been an oversight by the department. He noted the bill would be sent to the fire department.

Sable said council also held an hour-long closed door session to discuss personnel and litigation.

The meeting was held in person, but was not broadcast via the village Facebook page. Village officials could not get the meeting to livestream and the village’s technical support was not on hand to help. The village’s last livestream of a council meeting was on Feb. 4. Council’s Feb. 18 meeting was canceled due to inclement weather.

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