Bellaire hires engineering firm for water plant project

BELLAIRE — The village of Bellaire is another step closer to making an estimated $3 million worth of improvements at its water treatment plant.

During a regular meeting Thursday, Village Council approved an engineering contract with CTI Engineers of Akron, Ohio, for the job, which will involve the installation of two new air strippers at the plant. The village will pay $155,000 for its services.

Part of CTI’s job will be to help the village advertise for bids for the plant work, and then help administer the construction contract once it is awarded.

Also during the meeting, council heard presentations regarding new water meters from men representing two different companies — Ray Schwarz, Ohio Sales manager for Neptune Equipment Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, and Curtis Straubhaar, meter specialist with Trumbull Industries, Akron, Ohio.

No action was taken by council following the presentations.

In other matters, Village Administrator Mike Wallace said workers have started patching potholes in the village, mainly those left behind by past water breaks in the street.

He said three of the village’s work vehicles are being repaired including a garbage packer, vacuum truck and a dump truck.

Meanwhile, Councilman Jerry Fisher said he wanted the village’s litter laws to be enforced more often by the police department. He said too many people are throwing trash out of their vehicles and getting away with it.

“There’s garbage everywhere,” Fisher said.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Dugmore added, “If we have a litter law, start fining people.”

Fisher also wants the village’s tarp law to be enforced more. Trucks that do not have their loads covered with tarps, he said, often spew dirt and other debris into the air while driving.

“That’s why our town looks so dirty,” he said.

Councilman Mike Doyle added that another contributor to extra dirt and dust in the village is some utility companies not cleaning up after their work. Council discussed how some utility companies have refused to repair damage to a road with pavement, but instead will only use concrete.

“We need to be more vigilant,” Doyle said, adding companies should always give the village notice when they plan to do something such as blocking streets and how they plan to refinish a street following work.

In other business, council discussed how there is no fee for people to have their rental property inspected by the village codes enforcer between renters. Some landlords with property in the village apparently were under the impression that there was a fee, but there is not.


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