Bellaire police pay addressed

BELLAIRE – The pay raise issue for the Bellaire Police Department is no closer to being resolved.

However, Bellaire Village Council did manage to clear up a second issue that the department and its members had with village government Thursday when an ordinance was passed amending the holiday pay ordinance.

The passage fixes issues first brought up by Officer Jim Watson during the Nov. 3 meeting.

Watson was concerned because the structure surrounding the manner in which holiday pay was paid dealt primarily with the eight-hour shift, Monday through Friday employees.

Police department employees work 10-hour shifts, all hours of the day and also weekends.

The way the ordinance was structured, department members were not being compensated properly with their holiday pay.

Thursday’s passage of ordinance 2012-13 fixes these issues:

  • Holiday pay is not designed to pay employees more than 40 hours a week by using sick days, personal or vacation days.
  • Holiday pay is only for full-time employees, those working 8-hour shifts or 10-hour shifts from the police department.
  • Holidays observed for the purposes of holiday pay are: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Said holiday pay hours will be observed from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on the day of the holiday.
  • Holiday pay will be 2.5 times the rate of pay.
  • Any Saturday holiday will be observed the preceding Friday. Sunday holidays will be observed on the following Monday. However, for police department members, those working the weekend on the actual holiday date will receive credit for the weekend holiday work.
  • Sick, vacation and personal days cannot be used in conjunction with holiday pay. However, anyone previously scheduling said day on the date of a holiday payday will receive eight hours of straight time and not lose said personal, vacation or sick day from their allotment.

In other action, Councilman Jerry Fisher again brought up the issue of trailers being parked and used throughout the village.

The issue has been discussed before, including going over the village’s current ordinances pertaining to the matter. However, no official action was taken moving forward.

“It’s starting to look like a trailer camp in this village,” Fisher said. “More and more keep popping up.”

Violations of the ordinance are punishable by a fine no less than $25 and no more than $50 per day. An idea was thrown out about possibly raising the ordinance’s fine amount.

Fisher felt that no matter the fine, if the owners of said trailers are brought into mayor’s court and are starting to be fined, the problem should start to take care of itself.

Solicitor Ed Sustersic said that in talks with Police Chief Mike Kovalyk that the chief already has a plan in place for dealing with the issue. Kovalyk, who earlier in the evening assisted with the bomb scare at the Bridgeport Post Office, was unable to attend to elaborate further.

  • Mayor Vince DiFabrizio expressed his gratitude and appreciation of service to Sustersic.

“I know you are retiring and leaving us and on behalf of myself and council, I want to thank you for all you’ve done for us,” DiFabrizio said.

Sustersic stated it had been his pleasure to serve council and that he will miss everyone.

  • Resolution 991 was passed, transferring outlot No. 765 to Michael W. and Mary Doyle. The property in question houses dilapidated structures listed as 3789 and 3795 Tallman Ave.

The Doyles will obtain the deed to the property as they have agreed to foot the bill for the tear down and clean up costs in exchange for the property. The previous owner, acting as the judiciary of a family member’s estate, was unable to afford the costs of razing. Thus, a probate order transferred the property to the village.

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