2007-05-19 / News

Buckeye Lake Village thanks Pastor Bev

By Scott Rawdon

BUCKEYE LAKE- Buckeye Lake will miss the passion and commitment of Bev Myers, Water's Edge United Methodist Ministries pastor, said members of the Buckeye Lake Village Council.

Council members presented Myers - known locally for spending 40 days and 40 nights in a tent beside Ohio 79 to raise money for her ministry's new building - with a proclamation expressing appreciation for her efforts. Myers will leave Water's Edge July 1. Water's Edge will continue under Bob Beyer, Jacksontown United Methodist Church pastor.

The proclamation, presented to Myers during council's Monday night meeting, states the Myers began her service to Water's Edge and the Buckeye Lake community July 2001, and has since worked diligently to engage local youths through after school and homework assistance programs. It mentions that Myers worked tirelessly to raise the funds to build the current Water's Edge Ministry building on Ohio 79, and the document proclaims May 14, 2007 as a day to celebrate Myers' accomplishments and contributions to the community.

"She leads by the example of Jesus Christ; Pastor Bev Myers is a giver," said Shirley Sanders, who serves on the board of Water's Edge. "She's a giver to all, who wants nothing in return." Sanders said Myers only takes one day off from a busy schedule at Water's Edge during the week.

"We are so sorry to see you leave the community," Council President Charlene Hayden said to Myers.

"We trust that what we have started will not be wasted," said Myers.

In other council news:

+ Mayor Frank Foster said he's not sure what action the council will take after the defeat of a three mill, fiveyear general operating levy, which was defeated 87 votes in favor, to 204 votes against May 8. If approved, the levy was to generate $134,213 which village council planned to allocate 60 percent to the Buckeye Lake Police Department and 40 percent to the Buckeye Lake Fire Department.

Hayden thanked all the people who devoted time and effort to promote the levy. "The levy didn't fail for a lack of effort on behalf of these of these people," she said. Hayden thanked resident Kitty Zwissler in particular.

Zwissler blamed the levy's 70 percent failure on an "unethical and unconscionable" editorial in The Beacon, which criticized the needs and motivations behind the levy, and on negative letters to the editor from the community printed in The Beacon.

Resident Donna Thompson, who promoted the levy door to door, said she believed a major factor in the levy's defeat, based upon the opinions of the people she met, was a lack of visible progress on the village's proposed public water system.

In a related development, Hebron Village Administrator Mike McFarland told The Beacon Wednesday that Foster and Dev elopment Director Valerie Hans have approached Hebron officials about the possibility of purchasing water. McFarland said they recommended a public discussion and will host a public meeting Tuesday, May 29, 4:30 p.m. at the Hebron Muncipal Complex. Licking County and Ohio EPA officials will also attend.

+ Following an executive session, council members decided not to act immediately on legislation to purchase a 119 feet by 320 feet parcel of land next to the Buckeye Lake Fire Station from Maribel Neel, who owns much of the land west of the station. Foster said previously that Neel's initial asking price was $27,000, but for now the negotiations will continue.

"If the village has no money, how are they going to purchase (the property)," asked Thompson Monday night, in the wake of the failed levy. Foster said the village has money for the purchase (in the firedepartment's fund), but the firedepartment would be in a "difficultsituation" if it needed a new vehicle or had a major expense following the purchase. "It's important to have parking for the firedepartment," said Foster, referring to the property's intended use as a parking area.

+ The village should receive paperwork from the Army Corps of Engineers within the next two weeks to release money promised to the village by former Conreceived gressman Bob Ney. The nearly $300,000 is to be used for a public water system. The money was allocated to another project last year when it appeared to the Corps that the village wouldn't need the money until the next fiscal year. Unfortunately, the Corps came up short in the next fiscal year, and the money's been delayed since.

+ Foster said the village intends to install a sidewalk between the west end of the village on Ohio 79 to the post office.The exact location is yet to be determined but it will be a two phase project. Both phases will be funded through Community Development Block Grants, or CDBG grants.

+ Resident Charlotte Basnet, on behalf of the Buckeye Lake Historical Society and the Buckeye Lake Library, urged residents to take part in Buckeye Lake's Memorial Day Parade, Saturday, May 26, 11 a.m. The parade begins at the First Community Church (participants line up at 10:30 a.m.) and proceeds to Ryan Park. "We need some response from the people at Buckeye Lake," said Basnet, who added there may be free ice cream at the park.

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