Village of Bethlehem Accepts Insurance Proposal

Village Council approved the low bid on the village’s annual liability insurance and received an update on several recent street and waterline repair projects during its regular meeting Monday evening.

Mayor Tim Bishop advised council that the lowest bid for the village’s annual liability insurance was submitted by Traveler’s Insurance Co. at a cost of $80,435. He said the next highest bid came in at $137,659. Council unanimously approved the low bid from Traveler’s Insurance after Bishop made a motion that the village accept the lowest bid.

In other business, Bishop updated council on several recent road and waterline repair projects done in the village during the past two weeks. He said following repairs to a waterline break on Poplar Avenue several weeks ago, village crews made the necessary blacktop repairs to that area. He said the repairs were made to the same waterline the village is looking at fully replacing later in the year.

In addition, Bishop said crews repaired an area on Willow Lane that settled in a one spot following a waterline break that took place at that location last winter. Bishop said the village also was able to use funds raised at the recent community steak fry to place new mulch around the playground equipment at Bethlehem Community Park.

Bishop also said he will continue to follow up on recycling options for the village and was thankful to Tammy Bonar, executive director of the Ohio County Solid Waste Authority, who came to the last council meeting to inform members about a more secure recycling program that seems work well in Cabell County, West Virginia.

“She had a lot of great information,” Bishop said.

He said the village will continue to look at all of its options for implementing a new recycling program.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug. 6.