Tuesday June 19, 2018
Public Announcements

Bellville Village Bandstand

Historic ornate Bellville Bandstand decorates the center of the Village of Bellville after 134 years.  According to an article published in the Richland Star, September 11, 1879, Mr. Knodle had just moved to Bellville in January from Illinois, to be the new Bellville Band Director.  Mr. Knodle, was the first to suggest a bandstand.

By June many people were in favor of the Bandstand,and  on July 23, 1879,the Town Council gave permission for the bandstand to be built on the Village Square.  Local merchants contributed materials and funds. Local craftsman named Moody, Fisher, Zent and a score of others went to work under the management of architect David Lash.   He was influenced in his design by the “gazebo’s” in the back yards of the wealthy industrialist living on Millionaire’s Row which is Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.  It was said that his “Italianate” composite, that is with us today, was unequaled in detail and craftsmanship.

In September of 1879, over 2000 people gathered to dedicate this Bandstand, that continues to be the symbol of this beautiful Village.  Since that fall day in 1879, the people of this community have gathered at this ornate structure to celebrate our Liberty, to listen to concerts, to recognize the Bellville Fair winners, and to welcome home our  veterans who preserved our liberties.  Hundreds of weddings have taken place within this structure.

    The Bellville Bandstand has been refurbished many times during its long history most recently in 2009 when the villagers of Bellville and citizens of Jefferson Township, visitors and surrounding communities raised $49,000 to restore the Village icon.


Memorial Paver Project

Become a part of Bellville's honored history. Personalize a paver with a memorial to someone gone, in honor of someone living, in recognition of someone's past, of your family or a phrase of your choice. 

The existing asphalt pation in front of the bandstand is being replaced with a paver patio which will more reflect the age and era in which the bandstand was originally built.

Proceeds from the sale of these pafters are three-fold:

To help restore the Bellville bandstand to its former beautiful self.

To help pay for the new paver patio.

To help restore the downtown park to more represent its age and beauty.

The pavers are sold in two sizes:

  • 4"X8" which will allow up to three lines of print - 14 characters per line including spaces
  • 8"X8" which will allow up to six lines of print - 14 characters per line including spaces
    • ((the above are normal sizes)

The cost for the pavers is as follows:

  • 4"X8" = $  50 each
  • 8"X8" = $100 each

Liberty Festival


Bellville, OH. - - Teri L. Brenkus, Mayor reminded the public that this years Liberty Day Festival will be on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.  

            The Festival will begin with a Parade, starting at the American Legion at 11:00 a.m. marching south on Main Street to Stoodt’s Market, turn west and then north on Bell Street, east on Church St. to Bellville’s Bandstand.  Those wishing to participate and are not already signed up should contact Craig Smith at 419-631-3743 or fill out a form at Bellville Village Hall.  Participants should meet at the corner of Bell and Ogle Street at 10:00 a.m. and check in with Liberty Day Staff upstairs at the American Legion.  Those wishing to witness the parade should line Main Street, Bell Street or Church Street before the 11:00 a.m. step off.  


Richland Public Health Press Release

It has been brought to our attention by the Richland Public Health (RPH) Dept. that the trap found with a mosquito infected with West Nile Virus was located at the northeastern partoof the Village of Bellville Please take the time to read their press relase to ensure your safety. Contact Environmental Health at the Richland Public Health Dept 419-774-4500 with any questions you may have.

07/14/2017 Richland County, Ohio - Richland Public Health (RPH) Officials have been notified by the Ohio Department of Health that West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes in Jefferson Township. This is the second positive test for mosquitoes in Richland County. The positive sample came from one of the 76 mosquito trap locations set by RPH so far this season.

West Nile Fact Sheet

"To be clear, this is not a human infection case, but our second positive WNV mosquito sample this year." Joe Harrod, Director of RPH stated. "It is possible we will continue to have positive WNV infected mosquitoes in future tests. The important take away is that WNV is present in Richland County and residents should take appropriate precaustion.

Health Department Officials have already sprayed the WNV positive area to discourage transmittal of the mosquito-borne illness to residents.

WNV is a mosquito-borne virus where human symptoms are generally mild and oftten mimic the flu. In extreme cases, WNV can cuase Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), Meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord), or death. Approximately 80 percent of people who are infected with the WNV will nto show any symptoms at all. Those who develop symptoms usually do so between three to 14 days after they are bitten by an infected mosquito. There is no speceific treatment for WNV infection and care is based on symptoms. the best way to prevent WNV is to prevent mosquito bites.

RPH's mosquito control program treats, sprays, and conducts surveillance throughout the season to monitor disease in mosquito populations throughout the county. Residents are encouraged to remove standing water and take precautions to protect themselves and loved ones from mosquito bites.

Preventing Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, which includes puddles, stagnant ditches, and containers such as old tires, buckets, cans, neglected swimming pools and flower pots. Mosquitoes can carry diseases, including West Nile Virus, which can cause serious illness. It is important to apply mosquito repellent when participatin gin any outdoor activity when mosquitoes are active.

Richland Public Health recommends residents follow these tips to help avoid mosquito bites:

  • Make sure that doors and windows have tight fitting screens.
  • Repair or replace all torn screens in your home.
  • Remove all discarded tires from your property.
  • Dispose of tin cnas, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water holding containers.
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly. Clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. If not in use, keep pools / saunas empty and covered.
  • Draiin water from pool covers.
  • change the water in bird baths at least once a week.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools, and wheelbarrows, etc, when not in use.
  • Clean diteches of obstructions so they drain properly.
  • Eliminate any standing water that collects on your poperty.
  • Check trees for cavities that hold water and fill them with soil, gravel or sand.
  • Remond or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.
  • Use insect repellent and follow the label directions.



Memorial Paver Patio Project Form