Bellaire water meter project inching along

BELLAIRE Service Department Supervisor Dan Marling briefed Bellaire Village Council on the progress on the water meter project he first spoke of earlier this month.

Still in Phase I of the project, Marling explained Thursday that progress has been slow but moving in the initial stages of replaces all the meters that are currently unable to be read remotely with ones that are.

“It’s a little slow and agonizing as we’ve spent time going door to door, placing knockers and later returning and asking for an appointment,” Marling said. “Also, a lot of the meters are covered up with materials. People have finished their basements where the meter is now inclosed. It’s slow, but we’re making progress.”

Marling noted his department has received some return phone calls to ask about scheduling, but noted they’ve “been spinning our wheels a lot in trying to get access to the meters.”

“If people would just work with us our goal is to try to make the water meters accessible and readable,” Marling said. “We want to get everyone back on the same page.”

Marling informed council of a donated salt spreader from Pultney Township recently.

According to Marling, it needed a little TLC but it has been spiffed up and will be put to use in the coming winter months. He thanked Pultney Township for its donation, both publicly and via letter.

Councilman Jim Piatt, filling in for an absent Mayor Vince DiFabrizio, read a proclamation that was prepared to honor retired Lt. Greg Harris.

Harris worked for the Bellaire Police Department from Aug. 4, 1974 until Aug. 13, 2012. His career spanned 38 years with the department.

“Council wishes to take this time to honor Lt. Greg Harris and thank him for his dedicated service to the community.”

The official proclamation will be presented to Harris, who also was unable to attend, by DiFabrizio at a later date.

Solicitor Ed Sustercic explained that prior to him drafting an official ordinance for passage on the designation of two parking spots in front of a barber shop at 3018 Belmont St. as customer-only parking.

A motion was passed on that issue at the previous council meeting, but Sustercic believed the matter should be discussed at the committee level before proceeding.

“That particular part of the village is already designated as family use, so we would have to amend part of ordinance 353.11, and make exceptions for those two parking meters,” Sustercic said. “We need to have further discussions.”

– Dick Thomas, the president of the Bellaire Lions Club, told council that the Lions are hosting an open house Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at the Veteran’s Office on Belmont St.

– The second reading of a pair of ordinances aimed at sexually oriented businesses in the village were heard with no action being taken. One deals with regulating said businesses while the other prohibits criminal activity at said business type.

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