BELLVILLE -- Bellville Mayor Teri Brenkus has been a part of multiple initiatives to improve the look and living experience of Bellville since her appointment in 2017.
In honor of her extensive community development efforts, Brenkus received an Economic Impact award from the Richland Area Chamber during its annual dinner on Jan. 30.
Despite being a driving force in the Valley, Brenkus admitted she felt a little embarrassed by the spotlight.
Being mayor, she said, is a lot like spinning plates -- and her job is simply to give people and projects a gentle nudge in the right direction.
“It's always this incredible team effort between our utility department, our village engineer, our village administrator,” she said. “It’s never just me. It's a whole incredible team that I've been blessed with and thats how we get the job done.”
Village Engineer Brian McCartney said Brenkus has spurred multiple projects to beautify Bellville and increase community pride -- from installing a large American flag to the Ohio 97 Interchange and remodeling the flag memorial at the village cemetery, to introducing new playground equipment at Palm Park and adding banners and flowers to the light posts downtown.
“Mayor Brenkus did all of this by engaging the community to take collective action in order to make Bellville a better place to live and visit,” he said. “She is a great choice for this award.
Donnie Clark, owner of Elzy Milling & Trade Ltd., said that Brenkus is consistently open and responsive to the concerns of area citizens and business owners.
“She’s doing her best work to enhance the business community, as well as ensure that the living experience in Bellville is meeting the expectations of the residents,” Clark said. “That's extremely valuable for a village like Bellville--to remain both charming and sustainable.”
In addition to listening to the wants and needs of residents, Clark said Brenkus is always coming up with ideas of her own.
“She does not leave opportunities unresearched. She remains a more than just a government spearhead. She's Bellville’s biggest supporter,” he added.