Council approves pay rate, village budget

Bellville Village Council met today approving a definitive pay rate figure, which raised their monthly wage from $70 to $120.

“I think it is a good move up from the $70 myself,” said Bellville Mayor Darrell Banks. “It was just too low.”

Council members agreed by a 3-to-2 margin approving the ordinance after its third reading, councilmen Victor Swisher and David Griffon opposed the measure.

Banks also confirmed at the meeting that Bellville Police Officer Joshua Frech was leaving the force and had been sworn into the Mansfield Police Department on July 7.

Along with the approved pay legislation, council approved the tentative budget to present to the Richland County auditor Patrick Dropsey.

“It’s basically the same budget we operated on last year,” said Bellville Fiscal Officer Brigette Gatton. “Even our street construction budget is running about the same.”

Banks stated that the Bellville’s income tax earnings are up $21,000, which is roughly an 8 percent increase, a number that is consistent with a 7 percent rise in village population and 50 percent increase in new businesses.

He also updated council on the status of acquiring a new village administrator.

“We have had six people that have shown interest, five of which have sent their resumes in,” Banks said. “There are some promising candidates.”

While potentially good hires, none of the applicants were located in the relative area.

“We had one guy apply from Alaska, one from Florida and a guy from North Carolina with a lot of good experience,” Banks said.

Council also approved a license agreement with Bellville resident Ray Osborn, which will allow him to use a village owned garage on the former Spoon property. The terms of the agreement have Osborn performing maintenance to the exterior and interior of the property in exchange for its use.

“It’s a very voluntary, soft sort of agreement,” explained Bellville Village Law Director Jeff Mussman. “Any additional services that need to be done by the property won’t be funded by the village and the agreement can be terminated at any time by either party.”