BETHESDA — Fiscal Officer Rick Burkhead presented the 2020 budget and appropriations to Bethesda Village Council for approval at its meeting Jan. 7. Burkhead went through the appropriations and budgets by line item with council. He explained what each line item is, and where the numbers are coming from. Ruth Saffell made a motion to approve the 2020 appropriations and budget, seconded by Cindy Foose. Motion passed.

Mayor Samantha Burkhead presented council with the committee assignments for 2020 and discussed goals and objectives for each committee. Rod Miller will be in charge of building permits for this year. Burkhead said this year a priority will be updating the employee handbook and getting a police operations manual approved.

The committees will meet once a month on the following days and then report back to council at the council meeting.

Finance Committee will be on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

Police Committee will be on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Ordinance Committee will meet on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Personnel Committee will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Water and Sewer Committee will meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Council agreed to move council meetings to the fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Burkhead asked who on council is interested in council president. Miller, Castello and Van Horn said they would be interested in the position. Ruth Saffell made a motion to appoint Rod Miller to council president, seconded by Cindy Foose. Motin passed. 

Administrator Dirk Davis informed council that he applied for a Capital Improvement Grant for $100,000 to work on the park lake dam.

Joni Davis presented the year-end report for the council that details the park board accomplishments for 2019. She said it was a very busy but very productive year for the park board. Joni thanked the council and administration for their support they have given to the park. She said they have lots of plans for 2020. She said she enjoyed her first full year and the people she got to work with. She said she is working with Samantha on the board is anything like having her as your mayor, you going to have a very good four years coming up as she is very respectful and she likes different opinions and ideas. She said the park had a lot of fun making the park a better place.

Van Horn said the fire department wanted to thank the village for the Christmas Hams for the employees.

Van Horn presented an application for Jeremiah Mckivitz for a fireman, pending a background check. Van Horn made a motion to approve the application, seconded by Carol Merritt. Motion passed.