BEVERLY - The residents of a Beverly subdivision finally have been welcomed into the village, but not without a little drama.
With a unanimous vote, 6-0, Beverly Village Council Wednesday night accepted the Spring Hills subdivision off Ohio 339 at Lakeview Drive.
Since last fall, Gary Silcott, senior associate at Stantec of Logan, has been overseeing work on Spring Hill's Center Street and Bernice lift stations, the subdivision's detention pond, booster station and one of its manholes.
However, some drainage issues remain as members of council discussed overflow from the collection basin and into an adjoining mobile home court, Pennock Trailer Court.
The work that has been done on the water retention was meant to make the flow what it was before the development, Silcott said. The pond stores any water that comes along.
Nannette Rudolph, president of R&G Development, is the developer of Spring Hill.
Beverly Mayor Rex Kenyon said Rudolph has made $40,000 to $60,000 in improvements and she's spent in excess of six figures for the whole development.
"We owe her the obligation to bring that into the village," Kenyon said. "If we don't fulfill our agreement, I encourage Mrs. Rudolph to take legal action to recover her costs."
"I almost feel like we're being blackmailed," said Councilman G. Jay Arnold.
"There was no intention of blackmail," Silcott said.
"I'm not talking about you," Arnold said. "I am talking about the mayor."
Beverly's village solicitor, Tom Webster, said there's always a risk that things can go wrong despite everything being installed correctly and properly.
"If it's inadequate, that's another problem if it's already part of the village," Webster said. "You'll never get any development if you keep changing the rules."
Silcott told council they are required by law to correct any problems they might create.
"The only thing remaining is the water runoff," Arnold said.
In other business:
Kenyon announced the village is exploring its options as to what kind of action to take against the Valley Inn after a man's body was found floating in the canal Sunday afternoon behind the bar on Ohio 60.
The body of John L. Duncan, 39, of 1055 North Riverview Road, Malta, and a Valley Inn customer, was found in the canal around 12:43 p.m. Sunday.
Kenyon said that could include closure, regulating the bar's hours or activities, or not renewing the liquor license.
"We want to see what the cause of death was," Webster said. "We haven't been successful in reigning in the activities."