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Parks, Facilities and Beautification Minutes
June 16, 2014



Present were: Christine Comstock, Kathleen Esposito, Ken Kvacek, John Bourisseau, Kathleen Hale, Dale Berger


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Comstock at 10:30 AM.  


Approval of the Minutes:
The minutes from May 14, 2014 were approved as submitted. 


Old Business:


Service Director Report:

Dale has hired 2 part time seasonal people and has also hired 2 police people for some additional hours.  He had been very backed up and he has been relieved to be able to catch up on some of the projects he and Lloyd had not been able to get to.  Dale mentioned that the flag holders that were on the poles on the Solon Road Bridge were taken down with the old poles.  The committee agreed that we want the flag holders available for the flags on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.



Eagle Scout Project:
Will Borden’s plan has been approved, he is planning to begin work now that school is out.



Ken has been working on the layout for the directory.  He will be meeting with the people who created the first Park map to get an updated map for the directory.  We are also including a street address map and information about  Club B’Ville and the Garden Club.  We talked about how best to get the list of residents’ e-mail addresses compiled.


Club B’ville:
The meeting was held on May 27.  Notes were taken by Ken Kvacek and are attached.


Union Cemetery:
John Bourisseau placed a flag holder and a flag on Ralph Russell’s grave.


New Business: 


Holiday lighting: Kathleen discussed plans for the holiday lighting.  We talked about the lighting for the bridge.  Dale said they could string the lights higher this year and not do the swag effect.  He thought that would keep them away from the salt.  Ken will talk to Troy from the Jaycees to see if he has extra lights and could include the Park Pavilion in our lighting.  In the past, Ken and the Boy Scouts have put up the lights on the Pavilion.  This year we will include the Pavilion, the inside tree, the outside tree and the Bridge in the lighting ceremony.  Kathleen asked about a budget to include bakery, refreshments, decorating materials, greenery and bows for the bridge and the signs.  Last year the budget amount was $1000.  We discussed asking for donations - perhaps including items that could be memorials/remembrances/ recognition. 


Blue Star Memorial:
Kathleen reported that the Garden Club is considering buying a Blue Star Memorial Stone.  This is a program honoring men and women who have served our country. More information can be found at  The Committee agreed we would be proud to have a Blue Star Stone in Bentleyville.


Activities Update – Ken is investigating music and entertainment for each event.


Summer Schedule is attached.




Meeting was adjourned at 11:20. 

Next meeting: 10:00 AM July 9, 2014



Village of Bentleyville
Community Park Calendar for 2014

Friday                         “Celebrate the Summer Solstice” 6-9 pm   Village Park
June 20                                          Cheerful Hour(s)                        BYOBeverage

Join friends and neighbors for a casual social time around the fire
 AND hear a talk about the history of  B’Ville.  Hint - parts of it are surprising.

Sunday                                    Bentleyville Safety Day   1-4 pm                            Village Park

June 29                       Kids and adults will enjoy exploring the new Police Cars and Service department equipment, meet our fireman and see their rescue unit. Meet our Police Chief and our new officers. Refreshment and lunch provided.

Wednesday                 Meditation by the River   11 am                           Village Park

July 23                                    Join a local Guru for a partly guided meditation; explore the park, river and sky.

Friday                         “Enjoy the Fall Equinox” Cheerful Hour  6-9 pm            Village Park

September 19             Join your friends and neighbors to socialize with entertainment and star gazing. BYOBeverage

Saturday                     Village Wide Yard Sale 10 am -5pm                              Village Park

September 27             Clean out your house and join others in a village wide yard sale. Start saving items now that you can turn your trash into cash! Don’t want to have a sale?  Donate your items to a community table to raise  $ for community activities.

Sunday                                    Village Halloween Party and Fall Fest 5-7:30 pm Village Park

October 26              Enjoy the fall with hay-rides and a bonfire while painting a pumpkin.  Costumes welcome.

Sunday                                    Holiday Tree Lighting and reception          6pm-8pm   Village Hall

November 30              Gather for the lighting of the Village holiday lights.  Also enjoy entertainment and refreshments.                              


Let’s have some Summer Fun!!!

Don’t miss the kick off of Summer!!!! And take a look at the schedule of activities planned in B’ville this summer!

“Celebrate the Summer Solstice” with a casual party in the park on Friday June 20 from 6-9pm

What do I need to do?

Just come!  Bring a spouse, some friends or neighbors and your favorite beverage to the village park. Bring a chair for a guaranteed seat around the fire.
Ice filled coolers, red Solo Cups and mixers will be provided.
Enjoy a beverage, the bonfire, listen to music and hear a brief talk on the history of Bentleyville.
Family fun?  Plan to join us on Sunday June 29 for a Safety day in the Park where the kids will enjoy exploring police cars, fire trucks and hot dog roast.
Want to enjoy a time of Meditation in the Park with others?  Join us July 23 11:00 AM.

Village Directory will be printed in July.  If you would like to advertise in the Directory or donate, call Village Hall at 440-247-5055.  ASAP.  Last chance. 



Club B’Ville Meeting
May 27, 2014


Seasonal Workers (being hired to supplement since departure of Chris)

Priorities of Parks

            Union Cemetery Sign replacement (Investigating replacement options)
            Drive Up (would be nice to create a gravel parking area for 1 car)
            History sign replacement (Investigating replacement options)
              Bridge Flags (Placed on Miles road bridge for Memorial Day, Did not on Solon rd bridge since service department needs to purchase new holders and straps. JB commented that the flags are in poor condition and we should review and consider replacement)

Garden Club (Thanks for their efforts in the new flower plantings)

Blossom Time Police Car (JB rode in Parade and the chief participated as well)

Duncan McFarland home (will be gathering info to brief Ann O to engage Metro parks, discussion of possible relocation to Park)

Village Directory ( on schedule to be completed in July)

Flyers with Calendar of events will be hand delivered and emailed


Calendar review and upcoming Programs

Cheerful Hour

Safety Day (Chief has yet to select a date?)

Meditation by the River

Cheerful Hour

Village Wide Yard Sale (September 27)

Kids Movie Nite (discussed interest in incorporating in schedule)

Fall Fest

Holiday lighting


Notes by Ken Kvacek

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