Bellaire council ushers in 2014

BELLAIRE — Village council held its initial meeting of the new year Thursday with Mayor Vince DiFabrizio presiding.

No resolutions, ordinances or communication were presented, but Jerry Fisher was elected as council president. Council also entered into an executive session regarding personnel, with no action taken.

Village Administrator Dan Marling delivered his report, outlining the village’s water office. He presented a report comparing first half of 2013 to the second half of the year, while also detailing income vs. expenditures.

Marling also asked for council’s input regarding the village’s 2014 strategic plan. He added that with the passage of the engine brake ordinance, he has been in contact with the state, and the state will install a new sign at the south exit ramp off of Ohio 7 in the near future.

Code Enforcer William Swoyer Sr. delivered his year-end report. He has been in that post for six months.

His report included:

– Changed ordinances with regard to building permits, demolition permits, motel/hotels; thus increasing revenue along with a more effective system;

– Implemented and governed a rental inspection program that provides a free safety inspection to tenants at the same time as collecting past du water bills from property owners;

– As of Jan. 1, the code enforces will be utilizing a House Bill passes and approved in Ohio to help with citation collection in mayor’s court. this new tool will give the code enforcer’s offices a better bite against violators;

– Implemented a council reporting program that gives up-to-date notification of the work in progress in the code enforcer department;

– Worked with a private investor on a property that the village would have to pay greater then $100K to demolish, instead sate-approved plans for the reconstruction process are in hand and the investor will be starting in the near future;

– Created a quota system for demolition of homes, a move that has resulted in savings of thousands of dollars;

– Have become a mediator between private residences to solve some dilapidated property;

– Retired the position of assistant code enforcer, saving the village more than $2,700 annually.

Swoyer reported that in the final six months of 2013 that 76 building permits were issues; 14 commercial permits issues; 106 citizen complaints handles, 20 cases cited into mayor’s court and 70 instances were 72 hours were given to comply.

Council committees were also established for 2014. They are:

FINANCE & PERSONNEL: Joshua Meyer**, Jim Williams, Bob Koteles;

SAFETY: Joshua Meyer, Bob Koteles**, Donny Maupin;

UTILITIES: Jim Williams**, Lou Ann Bennett, Jerry Fisher;

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS: Joshua Meyer**, Lou Ann bennett, Bob Koteles;

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Lou Ann Bennett**, Donny Maupin, Jerry Fisher;

STREET & PROPERTY: Jerry Fisher**, Donny Maupin, Jim Williams.

**Denotes committee chairman.

VILLAGE COUNCIL also closed out 2013 with a meeting Dec. 30.

Council passed a resolution objecting to the renewal of a liquor permit to the Stone Bridge Bar & Grill. Council members request a hearing on the objection in the county seat for the permit holder/applicant.

Council also passed an ordinance establishing final appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013 as an emergency measure. Council members subsequently passed an ordinance establishing temporary appropriations for Fiscal YEar 2014, also as an emergency measure.

Bellaire Village Council will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. in council chambers.