2007-04-21 / News

Village plans to honor Water's Edge pastor

By Scott Rawdon

BUCKEYE LAKE- Buckeye Lake Village Council members plan to honor Water's Edge Ministries pastor Bev Myers, who will be leaving this summer, during the May 14 village council meeting.

"I think this is a real loss for our village," said Council President Charlene Hayden during the April 9 council meeting. "She needs to be recognized." Hayden hopes many residents will attend the meeting to honor Myers.

Myers told The Beacon this week that the Water's Edge Ministry - a faith-based mission for local youths - will continue with a new pastor, who will soon be announced publicly. "All that we have begun will continue," she said.

Myers began the mission July 1, 2001, and said she's very proud of all the mission has accomplished in the last six years, including consructing a new building for a permanent home and performing many baptisms. She said the mission will celebrate its accomplishments June 29 and look forward to all that will be accomplished in the future.

Water's Edge, she said, is helping teens who will be Buckeye Lake's next generation. She hopes the Water's Edge youth who stay in the village will eventually bring their own children to the Water's Edge Ministry.

In other council news:

+ A three mill levy will appear on the May ballot, which, if approved, will generate $134,213 for the police and firedepartments. Of that revenue, 60 percent would go to the Buckeye Lake Police Department and 40 percent to the Buckeye Lake Fire Department. "This is not going into the general operating fund," said Hayden. "This is really for safety services." The Village of Buckeye Lake's taxable value is approximately $44 million.

+ Council unanimously approved a sex offender ordinance, which goes into effect May 9. Similar to the City of Newark's, Buckeye Lake's ordinance prohibits registered sex offenders from establishing residences within 1,000 feet of schools, licensed day care centers, or village-owned playgrounds or parks.

Council members wondered why the ordinance didn't apply to churches and libraries. Mayor Frank Foster explained that there is no legal precedent for libraries and churches. A reason, he explained, is if there are too many restrictions, sex offenders could be completely banned from a municipality, which is unconstitutional.

+ The Friends of the Buckeye Lake Library will issue coupon books in June. All proceeds from sales help to fund the library.

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