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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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:


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


COVID-19 Updates:


Reminder that Chautauqua 2020 has been cancelled.

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


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


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.


The playground is now open. 


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. 


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. 


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

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


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



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!



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




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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