Bellaire water debt drying up

BELLAIRE – Village Administrator Dan Marling and the work crews at the water department have been working toward cutting into the delinquent bill issues within the village.

Council and the mayor directed Marling to get it under control and Marling reported during Thursday’s village council meeting that he and his workers are making headway into the problem.

” Our next report, and I believe this will be a correct statement, is that revenues are coming up from the water bills being paid,” Marling said.

Within the last month, a total of 28 water customers have either had their service turned off at the curb or had their meters pulled. Marling reported 15 of those have already been turned back on after receiving payment.

“I appreciate the cooperation of our residents,” Marling said.

Marling also noted that within the next few weeks, three commercial meters will be installed – two at apartment complexes and one at a bank.

Marling also displayed to council maps that list all the water lines, taps and other important points for the village’s water service that were paid for with an RCAP grant .

There are two sets of maps. Another will be in book form that workers can take with them on service calls and the maps will also be accessible by computer in the offices.

  • A letter from Russell Burkhart was read before council, announcing Burkhart’s resignation as the community service supervisor for the village. He thanks village administration for the opportunity and noted he will assist the new code enforcer in any way he can. He will continue to work, on an on-call basis, as needed, to sign any necessary permits and complete necessary property inspections. His resignation was accepted with a 5-0 vote.
  • Pat Kneisner with the Bellaire Citizens Action Group inquired of council about whether there will be any liability or insurance issues with the group’s plans to put a picnic area at the village’s marina. The mayor said he didn’t foresee an issue.

Kneisner also sought permission for some volunteers from her group to conduct some landscaping work on the west side of Noble St. between 34th and 36th streets. The mayor gave her the go-ahead.

  • Councilman Jerry Fisher reported that he’s received complaints about large amounts of junk on various properties throughout the village. Burkhart told Fisher that he and Chief Kovalyk had gone around recently, photographing the areas of concern.

They owners of these properties will receive a registered letter, informing the owners of a need to clean up the property, as well as a specified expected date of completion. Those not complying will be cited into mayor’s court.

  • The first of the village’s two free trash disposal days is slated for Saturday, May 11 form 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the service garage at 419-37th St. It is free for all Bellaire garbage customers with a copy of their account’s billing.

Representatives from the Knights of Columbus will be on hand to take any metal items. Home pick-up is available by calling (740) 676-8688.

Volunteers are being sought for a village-wide litter cleanup. Gloves and bags will be provided and and the first 30 volunteers who sign up by May 1 will also receive a free t-shirt. Anyone interested should call (740) 676-7011 or the mayor’s office at (740) 676-6539. The second date is Aug. 10.

  • The next meeting of village council will be Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m. inside council chambers.

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