Bellaire Village Council continues its search for a new Village Administrator more than a year after the retirement of its former employee.
The subject was discussed at last week’s meeting. Clerk Mary Nixon said the village has not received any new applications from interested parties. She said they had already received two, and she conducted a phone interview with one person — Jamison Jeffery of Huntington, West Virginia — although she didn’t think he was what the board was looking for. Nixon spoke positively of Jeffrey, but said she did not believe his managerial experience met the criteria the board wanted.
The position has been vacant since June 2021, when former administrator Mike Wallace retired. Councilor Elizabeth Dudmore expressed concern about the lack of responses from candidates.
“The sad thing is that we put this on Indeed and tried to survey the state of Ohio to see what we could get out of it. It was disappointing – the responses. We posted it on Facebook to see if we could get someone locally to try and say we surveyed everything, but she got something from the locals neither,” Dudmore said.
Mayor Ed Marling said he had submitted his “pick” for the job; however, the board elected to continue to seek alternatives.
Nixon noted that two other candidates she contacted had previously held other positions and were no longer interested in the position.
In further discussions, resident Steve Sepatina asked what the council was doing to encourage businesses to come to the village.
“Why don’t you impose some sort of commercial vacancy tax on these people? If it stays empty, it will stay empty forever unless they are penalized for it,” he said.
Council members went back and forth regarding possible funding opportunities for building improvements. Doyle noted that the village has matching funds for community improvements like sod and sidewalks, though the problem is finding the right grants to help fund the projects.
Council will then meet at 6:00 p.m. on August 18 at the Municipal Building.