Village Gives Mayor a ‘Right-Hand Man’

In a 5-minute span of Thursday’s meeting of Bellaire Village Council, the Board of Public Affairs was eliminated and the village, once again, employed an administrator.

The two moves took place during the initial part of Thursday’s meeting.

Ordinance No. 2012-14 was read for the first time and later passed after Councilman Jim Pyatt motioned to suspend the three reading rules. Councilman Jim Williams seconded and the village’s legislators approved the motion, 6-0. The ordinance also passed, 6-0.

The person filling the position will have administrative powers and duties. The administrator must attend all council meetings – and will be appointed by Mayor Vince DiFabrizio.

Shortly after the passing of the ordinance Resolution 990 was passed after having its rules suspended as well.

The resolution was to approve DiFabrizo’s recommendation that Dan Marling, currently the village’s service supervisor, be appointed as the administrator. It was stipulated that position does not have to be filled by a village resident.

Marling will be paid $18.20 per hour and receive the same benefits afforded to other full-time village employees. Marling will officially serve in his new capacity starting Dec. 30.

Councilman Josh Meyer thanked the Board of Public Affairs members for their service and explained the move is being made to save money, as well as give DiFabrizio a “right-hand man” in leading the village.

“This move is not without undue thanks to the Board of Public Affairs,” Meyer said. “We appreciate your service, but we wanted to go with a village administrator to have a right-hand man and allow us to work a bit more efficiently and have someone here on a daily basis.

“We greatly appreciate your service.”

Marling also thanked the board members.

“I came in here in April and you gave me a great opportunity and it’s been enjoyable working with you,” Marling said. “Hopefully, we can carry forth a lot of what we worked on together into the future.”