Bethesda Ohio

Bethesda was incorporated as a village in 1910. It is located in the heart of Belmont County, Ohio and has approximately 1400 residents. The Village is home to Epworth Park and the annual Chautauqua Homecoming in July.

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EMERGENCY: 911

Mayor/Administrator:   740-484-1250
Fire Dept: 740-484-4573
Police Dept: 740-484-4009
Water Clerk: 740-484-1566

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Quick Numbers:

EMERGENCY: 911

Mayor/Administrator:   740-484-1250
Fire Dept: 740-484-4573
Police Dept: 740-484-4009
Water Clerk: 740-484-1566

11-13-2020 

Due to the rise in Covid cases and Gov. Dewine’s emphasis on social gatherings, the November Council Meeting will be cancelled. We will be having a special meeting on Tuesday November 17th at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be to discuss the USDA Grant resolution, the purchase of an Ambulance, and budget for Christmas events. Special meetings are only held to discuss the stated materials. Nothing else will be brought up or discussed. Public is welcome, as always, but masks will be required, 6ft distancing is required. There will be no socializing within the building after meeting. December Council meeting will be on hold as we watch the Covid situation.

This month the following committees did not meet: police, personnel, and street. Recreation discussed plans for Christmas, those plans will be forthcoming. Finance committee discussed the budget in terms of wage increases, and the street chipping project.

We will post information on the Christmas House decorating contest shortly. We look forward to all the decorations!

This year, instead of being the Griswolds, Rick and I are taking all our lights over to the park and decorating the park. This is a big endeavor, and we are probably in over our heads, but we are going to attempt to make it something that everyone can come enjoy. I am asking anyone who has extra lights, extra decorations, or extra time on your hands, to lend us a helping hand. Since there will be no parade this year, if any organization who would have participated would like to take it upon themselves to sponsor and light up a shelter at the park, that would be amazing! With most events being cancelled this year, we would like to have something close to home that everyone can enjoy and bring a little Christmas spirit to Bethesda. Feel free to contact myself, Dirk, Rick, or any member of council if you want to assist.

I want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Samantha Burkhead

 

11-05-2020

The Bethesda-Belmont-Morristown Rotary Club is sponsoring a new hoodie collection for Union Local High School and Middle School students. New hoodies in sizes XXL and XL for boys and L, XL, and XXL for girls can be dropped off at the following locations:

Bel Morr Market: 66440 Belmont-Morristown Rd. Belmont

Belmont Mills: 400 S. Jefferson St. Belmont

Bethesda Municipal Building: 103 S. Main St. Bethesda

Whiteside’s GM Auto Dealership: 50714 National Rd. East, St. Clairsville

The last day to drop off items will be Monday November 16th.

During this pandemic we need to reach out and help one another. This is a wonderful way to reach out to our area students. Please take your items to one of the drop off locations. We thank you in advance for your contributions to this worthwhile Project.

For questions please contact Darla Schnegg at 740-213-7312

 

10-22-2020

Please support Bethesda Park!

https://www.timesleaderonline.com/news/community/2020/10/bethesda-voters-asked-to-support-new-park-levy/

10-1-2020

Hazen Lodge #261 will be having a chicken dinner benefit on October 4, 2020 at 1 pm. Cost is $10 per dinner. Each dinner is half a chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, roll, and a drink. Take out only. Call Dirk Davis at 740-582-1888 for tickets.  

9-9-2020

Bethesda area residents:
Thanks to a generous donation we will have a limited supply of hygiene kits for kids for back to school. Each kit includes: Shampoo, hair brush, toothpaste, tooth brush, deodorant, and soap. This is for all school age children, including Pre-K.  Pick up will be at the City Building on Sunday September 13th from 12-2pm. We will be handing them out, please pull through the parking lot for pick up. 
 
A special thanks to all those who have helped me with this project.
Samantha Burkhead

 

7-27-2020

There was a water break on Old 147 State Route by the cemetary at 2:45 this afternoon. Public workers are now working on the line. The break occured when AEP drilled through our line. The water line is isolated from Ed & Jacks west. This should be fixed by 6:30pm. There will be a boil order for residents on State Route 147 from Ed &Jack's to Speidel. Boil order is for 48 hours from 6:30pm on 7-27 to 6:30pm on 7-29. Residents from Ed & Jack's to Bethesda will have water and will NOT be on a boil order.

Dirk 

7-14-2020

There has been a water break at Bethesda Christian Church. AEP, who are installing the new power line poles, drilled into a 6 inch line. Dave Green has isolated the problem. This won't effect anyone's use of water until it is repaired tomorrow. We will let everyone know when the boil orders are issued. 


7-06-2020

Reminder that Chautauqua 2020 has been cancelled.

The BBM Rotary Car Show has also been postponed until September 19, 2020. 

7-1-2020

Council meeting from 6/25 has been rescheduled to 7-8-2020 at 6:30pm. Because of local spread of covid we are requiring masks be worn by everyone in attendance. 

6-25-2020

Council meeting scheduled for 6/25 will be rescheduled at a later date. 

6-12-2020

Today, June 12, 2020 our Public Workers, Jim Powell and Bryon Saffell, installed 30 Graduation Flags on telephone poles acknowledging the villages 202 graduates.
These Flags and Flag holders were bought through donations from numerous citizens, who the committee thanks.
Each town in the Union Local School District, were given Flags of their citizens, who missed their graduation, to try to be put up in the Villages where they live for all to View.
I thank Amy Latham and Shelly Studenc and all the others who help organize this project. It's "GREAT" to see how our UL citizens stand up for our "JETS" when needed.
Dirk

6-10-2020

The playground is now open. 

5-22-2020

We will have the regular council meeting as scheduled on May 28th at 6:30pm. Council will meet in the community room and the audience will meet in the council chambers. We will call over to the council chambers and have the meeting over speakerphone. If there are more than 10 people in the audience, we will have to move people throughout the halls of the city building to maintain social distancing as ordered by the governor. We encourage everyone present to adhere to CDC guidelines. 

5-12-2020

Bethesda is still planning on holding our fireworks on July 12, 2020. In order to help cover cost we are raffling off a Ruger Model 8532 .350 Legend. It will also come with your choice of a custom cerakote paint job by "We be AR's" in Wellsburg, WV. Tickets are $10 each and can be bought from anyone associated with the village. 

3-31-2020

Bethesda area Citizens,
The coronavirus is expected to greatly be a problem for everybody in the next two to three weeks. As most of you may know, Governor DeWine of Ohio and President Trump have extended the shut-down until April 30 and May 1, 2020.
The Village is cutting back the hours to the employees with in the building. Our Municipal Building will still be on lock-down until further notice.
Please continue to pay your bills at the drive thru at the bank or, put them in our outside box where the tickets and bills go in our parking lot.

1. Theresa, Water Clerk hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 1pm. This is to answer phone calls for our customers, call at (740-484-1566).

DO NOT USE THE PHONE NUMBER OF (740-484-4431). This number is a land phone to the Sewer Plant that has been disconnected years ago. The phone company still puts the number in the phone books.

2. Dave Green, Water & Sewer Supt. hours will be 5:00 am to 1:00pm. If you need Dave you can call at (740-484-1566) or Cell # (740-391-3182) for emergency's.

3. Police Dept. Chief Busack will be in during regular scheduled hours.

4. Public Works Jimmy and Bryon, hours will be the same, until further notice.

5. Mayor's Clerk Donita, hours will be the same, Monday morning. you can reach the Mayor's clerk at: (740-484-1250).

6. Administrator Dirk, 11:00 am to 2:00pm Call (740-484-1250) Leave message anytime and I will get back to you.

I hope this helps everyone until this Pandemic is over
Dirk


Click here to view the Stay at home orders ~ added 3/24/20

Click here to view the Stay at home orders FAQ  ~ added 3/24/20



3-20-2020

Bethesda area community:

Based on recommendations from the CDC on social distancing and the fact that the playground equipment cannot be sanitized, we are asking people to not use the playground equipment at this time. Know that this recommendation is being made for the safety of everyone to prevent the spread of this virus. We hope you all understand why we are taking these preventative steps. I know this comes at a bad time with the warmer weather and spring coming. I would be out there with my child as well. But if we all work together, we all get through this and will have many sunny days in the future to let our kids enjoy the playground. 


   ~ Samantha Burkhead

 



3-16-2020


Due to the coronavirus issue, The Village are taking the following precautions.

1. Paying water bills.....Please try to avoid using the Municipal Building as much as possible. If a question on your bill needs to be answered before payment, please call Theresa at this number and she will look up your account to answer your questions......740-484-1566.

2. Instead on coming into the building to pay at the office, please use the outside Mail Box in the parking lot. Or, pay water bills at the Bank.

3. Community room Center usage.....Rental of the Community rooms are cancelled. There is one Family scheduled to use the center on March 28. They will be allowed to use the room since it has been scheduled for some time before and it is for Family, not mixed meetings. NO new rentals will be allowed until further notice.

4. B.B.M.Rotary..... use of the community room has been cancelled until further notice.

5. Testing Back-Flow devices.....Back Flow testing will be done at the individual building as usual. Please call Steve Cowgill at, (740-680-9504) to make appointments on the following dates: April 13, 14, 16, & 17. Theresa Thornberry, Water Clerk will be sending out the information to the addresses which need Back-Flow Testing.

6. Bethesda VFD & Squad......will still be running calls as usual. The Dept. have taken their necessary precautions. They ask for citizens to use common sense with Flu type symptoms. I look for Chief Hunt to put additional information out on the Bethesda VFD Facebook site.

7. Bethesda Police Department....will be in operation as usual according to the Police schedule. Remember, when you cannot get ahold of our Police Department at anytime, call the Belmont County Sheriff Department at 9-1-1.

8. Bethesda Public Works ....will still be working their usual hours on daily check and issues on Water, Sewer, & Streets. For the Administrator, please call 740-484-1250 and leave message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Everyone, Please help us at this time of troubling issues. Keep inside as much as possible. Isolate yourself if need to. Get supplies according of need. Bottom line....don't go out unless you absolutely have to. Thanks!

    ~ 
Dirk


 

3-16-2020
Because of Corona Virus fears, and to protect those in our administration who are at high risk, council and I have decided to suspend meetings for the remainder of the month. Daily operations for the village will continue to be conducted by Dirk and our workers in the municipal building. Please respect the request in the previous post when it comes to foot traffic at the municipal building. If there are any immediate issues or concerns that you feel council need address, please contact us and we will work something out.
Also, because of the uncertainty surrounding this all, the Easter Egg Hunt will be temporarily placed on hold until we can see what the next few weeks present. We will do something for the children in our community, we are just waiting to see what best serves the wellbeing of everyone involved.
This is a temporary measure. There will be light at the end of the tunnel, and we will all persevere. In times of uncertainty, keep an eye on your neighbors, continue to bring a smile to children’s faces, always be ready with a kind word or a helping hand, and know that when all this is over we will be stronger than when it began. If anyone needs help with anything, please reach out to us.
I want to thank you all for your understanding when it comes to these measures.
   ~ Samantha Burkhead

 

 

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Bethesda Ohio

Bethesda was incorporated as a village in 1910. It is located in the heart of Belmont County, Ohio and has approximately 1400 residents. The Village is home to Epworth Park and the annual Chautauqua Homecoming in July.

Bethesda Clock

Bethesda Ohio:

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Local businesses

1396

Residents:

Local population

2300

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