By MIKE HUGHES
Times Leader News Editor
BELLAIRE - The Village of Bellaire's new water intake project got under way Monday as crews removed one well to make way for the intake.
Village administrator Dan Marling said he expects a full crew to be on board starting Monday to kick the process in to high gear.
"Hopefully the process will start beginning to move forward quickly," Marling noted.
Marling also noted that the village met the deadline to get its Community Development Block Grant proposal in for consideration.
The requested amount is $59,000 with the majority of the grant going toward repairing a stormsewer line that runs near the Dairy Queen in town.
Marling noted that Bellaire is not guaranteed to receive the grant, or, even if it does, the full amount may not be granted.
He went on to give updates on staffing, including that two employees are dedicated to mowing, cutting grass, painting lines and weed-eating each day from 8-4 p.m.
- Marling reported that the fountain in city park is finally up and running. The water will run on a 12-hour timer, kicking on at 10 a.m. and being shut off at 10 p.m. Adjustments will be made if needed.
- Council passed Resolution 995 which amended Resolution 963 in order to make changes to the wages and details of the position of code enforcer.
The position will be part time, with no more than 30 hours per week with no overtime. It will be paid $10 per hour and the position is not eligible for benefits. Upon hiring, the code enforcer will be under a probationary period for 90 days. The salary will be paid out of the general fund.
Marling noted the village is accepting applications for the position.
- Councilwoman Lou Ann Bennett reported that as of Wednesday, May 29, a new gazebo will be installed at the village park. The gazebo is a 16 by 32 foot structure that will provide a host of opportunities in its use.
"It will be gorgeous," Bennett said. "Everyone I've talked to is excited about it. The seniors from the center can come over and use it and hopefully it can be used for weddings, activities and hopefully band will play periodically.
"It will be a great asset."
Bennett noted it will also be handicapped accessible.
- Councilman Jim Williams reported back on the village's recent community-wide cleanup. A rainy afternoon was the cause for a limited number of volunteers for trash and littler pick-up throughout the village.
However, village residents brought enough trash down to the city garage to fill six dumpsters worth.
Williams wished to thank all who participated, including the village workers who assisted with the cleanup at the garage.
Another cleanup has been scheduled for Aug. 10.
- A letter of appreciation to council from the South Bellare Methodist Church was read. The village handled a request from church leaders to board up a vacant structure next to the church that was causing problems.
Marling noted the village incurred some expense in plywood to board up the building. Letters to the listed owner seeking recompense for the materials purchased but the letters were marked returned to sender and sent back to the village.
- The next council meeting will be held at the village park. It is slated for Thursday, June 5 at 6 p.m., which is the first day of the annual All-American Days Festival.
Hughes may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org