Bellaire to create board for grants
BELLAIRE — Village Council is moving forward with plans to create a board to better garner grants for Bellaire.
During a regular meeting Thursday, village attorney Michael Shaheen said he was working on putting together an ordinance and hoped to have it reviewed by members before the next meeting.
The ordinance will call for creation of a new 501c3 nonprofit group affiliated with the village, but overseen by a board of directors. Shaheen said the board would need to have at least five members and be of an odd number for voting purposes.
Councilman Mike Doyle said the new nonprofit group, yet to be officially named, would have great benefit to the city.
“It would allow us to put in for other grants not just in the public sector, but private grants as well,” Doyle said during a past meeting.
In other matters, Police Chief Dick Flanagan said one of his department’s cruisers had been wrecked during two different past pursuits and was damaged beyond repair.
The possible purchase of a new cruiser to replace it is expected to be discussed during a finance committee meeting at 2 p.m. today in council chambers.
Councilwoman Nikki Liberatore asked if federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act money given to the village could be used to buy a new cruiser. Village Administrator Mike Wallace said nearly all of the money given to the village has been appropriated already.
The council meeting was not broadcast via the village Facebook page on Thursday night like past meetings. Council apparently had technical difficulties getting the equipment to work.
Treasurer Tom Sable said because council could not get its Zoom meeting to “go live” on the village’s Facebook page, no action on legislation would be taken during the meeting.
The village, along with many other municipalities, received federal money to purchase equipment related to COVID-19. A portion of the CARES Act money was used by the village to purchase computer equipment and monitors and to pay for Zoom services in order to hold meetings more safely.
Since only so many people are allowed to gather in the room at one time, a few council members have opted to participate remotely via Zoom. To date, council has broadcast three of its council meetings on Facebook.