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Bellaire Village Administrator Post Is Still Vacant After 14 Months

Bellaire Village Council continues its search for a new village administrator more than a year after its former employee retired.

The topic was discussed during last week’s meeting. Clerk Mary Nixon said the village had not received any new applications from interested parties. She said they had previously received two and that she had conducted a phone interview with one person — Jamison Jeffery of Huntington, West Virginia — though she did not feel he was what council was looking for. Nixon spoke positively of Jeffrey but said she did not feel his management experience fit the desired criteria of council.

The position has been vacant since June 2021 when the former administrator, Mike Wallace, retired. Councilwoman Elizabeth Dudmore expressed concerns over the lack of responses from applicants.

“The sad thing is that we put this on Indeed and try to canvass the state of Ohio to see what we could draw in. It was disappointing — the responses. We put it out on Facebook to see if we could draw somebody locally to try and say we canvassed everything but she has gotten anything from locals, either,” Dudmore said.

Mayor Ed Marling said he submitted his “pick” for the position; however, council chose to continue to look for alternatives.

Nixon noted that two other applicants she contacted had already taken other positions and were no longer interested in the job.

In other discussions, resident Steve Sepatina inquired what council was doing to encourage businesses to come to the village.

“Why don’t you guys impose some kind of commercial vacancy tax on these people? If it’s sitting there empty, it’s going to sit there empty forever unless they’re penalized for it,” he said.

Council members went back and forth regarding possible funding opportunities for building improvements. Doyle noted that the village has the matching funds for community improvements such as sod and sidewalks, though the issue is finding the right grants to assist with funding the projects.

Council next meets at 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at the municipal building.

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