Bellaire Chief’s salary increased

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON/ BELLAIRE Councilman Donny Maupin makes a point during a special council meeting Monday. Also shown is Councilman Dan Brown.

BELLAIRE — Bellaire Village Council approved a motion Monday to increase Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan’s salary by $7,800.

Flanagan’s salary is now $52,200 per year. The increase reflects the amount of money Flanagan makes for his dual code enforcing duties he performs for the village. The village may need to amend the related ordinance regarding Flanagan’s job description.

However, after the meeting, Clerk/Treasurer Tom Sable said doing so may impact Flanagan’s police pension. The police pension board may not approve of a police chief job description that also includes code enforcing duties, he said.

“We’re having trouble with this police and fire pension and it’s affecting him,” Sable said during the meeting. “We need to bring him back into a full police chief’s salary. That would be the best way I can say it. …

âWhen we spoke to police and fire pension, we explained that this was part of his duties. … If we just take that salary and amend that ordinance, salary only, that should address that police and fire pension.ã

Councilman Mike Doyle said he wanted to make sure the village is doing the right thing and has a proper job description made in the near future.

âWe need to all get on the same page and have this done in 30 days,ã Doyle said. âWe need to get our stuff together and it not be a mad dash before a meeting. … All we do is sit around and wait and not get anything done.ã

Flanagan did not attend the meeting.

Meanwhile, council also heard the first reading of an ordinance to approve giving a lot located at 4576 Franklin St. to Walt McLevich of Quality Repairs and Remodeling. McLevich has agreed to tear down the remains of dilapidated building on the property in exchange for not having to pay for the lot.