Parker Steps Down From Position On City Council

Bellaire Village Council has a vacancy after it was announced Thursday that Rickie Parker has resigned as a councilman.

In a letter addressed to Mayor Vince DiFabrizio, Parker wrote that he believes everyone should hold public office at least once in their lives and thanked everyone for the experience, but added he had “had enough politics to last (him) a lifetime.”

Council accepted the resignation and announced that anyone interested in filling the vacancy should contact the mayor’s office to be considered.

The mayor said during the meeting that current candidates for the two seats up for election in November should not apply.

Councilman William Marinacci said he agreed because the person appointed would have to resign at the end of the year to take over the elected seat.

In other action, Police Chief Michael P. Kovalyk said the department is continuing to remove signs from utility poles. Signs are permitted to be posted on private property with the property owner’s consent, but not any utility poles, the chief said.

Kovalyk also requested the safety committee look into legislation to fine businesses that consistently have false alarms. According to the chief, a pizza shop has had 14 false alarms since Feb. 23.

“If we are going on these false alarms, it takes us away from something else,” he said. “And with limited manpower it gets to be an issue.”

He also said he wanted to remind the public there is still a curfew during the summer for children 17 and younger. Children are not to be on the streets after 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. The curfew for Fridays and Saturdays is at 11:15 p.m.

Code Enforcer Jim Chase requested council consider changes to some ordinances, including legislation regarding how property owners are notified that they need to cut their grass and weeds to make the process faster.

Chase also said he needs to get fire reports from the Neffs Fire Department.

Council also heard all three readings of an ordinance to advertise the sale of village-owned property and gave permission to Bellaire Christian Church to use Bellaire Park for activities associated with its free summer lunch program for children.

A finance committee meeting has been scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in the clerk/treasurer’s office. The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 16.