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Bellaire police pay addressed

December 28, 2012
By MIKE HUGHES - News Editor , Times Leader

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:

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.

"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.

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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