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The newest members of Bellville village council, Ian Ball (left) and Justin Enix (right), were sworn in Jan. 28. They participated in their first meeting this week.

BELLVILLE -- The seats of Bellville village council are once again full.

Newly appointed council members Ian Ball and Justin Enix participated in their first meeting this week.

Both men were appointed to full terms after no one ran to fill the seats of former council members Vic Swisher and Deborah Dickson, whose terms expired Dec. 31. 

A total of four candidates submitted applications to the village council in January. Council voted to appoint Ball and Enix at its Jan. 21 meeting and both men were sworn in Jan. 28.

"We're really excited to work with these two new gentlemen, they both bring great experience on both sides," Mayor Teri Brenkus said.

"Anytime we get new council men or women, I notice a new energy on the council. It really ignites the whole group," she said.

Ball, 39, has lived in Bellville for three years. An operations superintendent at the 179th Airlift Wing, Ball said he applied to council simply to serve the community.

“My entire life has been about service,” he said. “I didn’t come in with any agenda.”

Ball said he welcomes the suggestions of the community and hopes to serve as a common sense voice on council. He is a father of three.

Enix, 35, grew up in Bellville. He has two sons and works as a supervisor in the machine shop at Ariel Corporation in Mount Vernon.

Enix said he decided to apply after various community members approached him and suggested it.

“With their confidence, I was really inspired to give it a go,” he said. “I just want to do as much good as possible and listen to the needs of the community.”

Both men received their village council committee assignments on Tuesday. Ball will chair the community development committee and serve on the public utilities and safety committees. Enix will sit on the public utilities and community development committees and chair the parks, buildings and grounds committee.

“My son’s very excited,” said Enix. “I told him we’re going to have to do some research and go to a bunch of parks.”

Village council meetings are the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Bellville Police Department conference room. They are open to the public.

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