BELLVILLE — The new manager of the Bellville branch or the Mansfield-Richland County Public Libary gave village council members good news at the most recent village council meeting.
Joshua Andra, who is coming to Bellville from service at the Lucas branch, said he plans to expand services in Bellville, including the popular bike rentals.
Those are now available at the Butler branch, which is close to the bike trail.
Andra said that Bellville, “for sure,” will be in line for that service. He said he would “definitely be looking into bringing it to Bellville.”
Andra, who is from Mansfield, worked for a time in Pittsburgh. He said his original interest was in arts education, but he decided to switch to library management.
He said he completed graduate school four months ago, and getting to the Bellville branch was a goal.
“This is the branch I wanted to manage,” he said.
Services, including blood pressure cuff rentals, are available at libraries, said Bellville mayor Teri Brenkus, who inquired about the bike rental possibility.
Brenkus gave a report on the recent cemetery walk. She said the weather was better than last year, but attendance was lower.
One thing that is noticeable in the cemetery is the condition of the Robert and Mary Bell graves. She said a greater effort is needed to make them nice.
She said the Brennstuhl firm has started work on the new playground setup in Charles Palm Park. She said it should be finished in three weeks.
A recent field day at the park drew many people, who enjoyed fishing and roasting marshmallows.
She said she was told by many they had never had an opportunity for such activities.
The opera house this winter will host line dancing lessons every Sunday, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., said Brenkus.
Future village committee meetings include a finance committee meeting, tentatively set for Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m.
A cemetery committee will be Oct. 25.