Bellville pondering part-time mayor – Should have pondered bankruptcy & more first!!!

Funny things the media seems to forget. Asking him how he became Mayor when he can’t run his own business!!!! Friend of his surely Drew Tyler pokes fun at others who file BANKruptcy, so why not this Mayor who bankrupted his own business, San-Dar I believe it was? Then add in he endorsed Bank backed Marylin Johns for Commissioner and people should start to see how the good old boyeee system works here in good old Richland County?

 

REFUTE THIS!!!!!! – NOW WHO’s STILL ROTFLMAO DREW???

Bellville pondering part-time mayor

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The mayor’s job in this village of 1,918 people may soon become a part-time position.

The village council is considering a measure to reduce the annual salary from $24,000 to $7,000. The third and final reading of the ordinance is tentatively scheduled for March 3.

Village Law Director Sara Mussman said council has the power to change the mayor’s salary.

“It would have to be for the next year, the 2016 term. They cannot change the mayor’s salary in the mayor’s current term. It must be done 90 days before the next election,” she said.

Mayor Darrell Banks’ second, four-year term as mayor ends Dec. 31.

The reduction is part of a plan by council to allow a village administrator to oversee administrative duties. Currently, Chuck Pscholka is the village administrator, working six hours a week at an annual rate of $10,000. Pscholka has indicated to council this is his last year on the job. Council is considering hiring a new village administrator for 2016.

Banks said he believes council is overstepping its bounds. Banks said he is not against the position being part-time, but said to reduce it from $24,000 and 40 hours to $7,000 and 11.7 hours per week is wrong. Banks said someone who is elected to represent the people needs to be on the job more hours than that.

“I became mayor because I love Bellville,” he said. “Council will have more control over a village administrator, and I’m elected.”

Banks said the mayor’s job could become a “ceremonial” position at 11.7 hours per week.

Banks runs mayor’s court twice a month and attends council meetings twice a month in his role as president of council. He is a non-voting member of every committee. His duties also include attending Bellville Planning Commission meetings, presiding over parades and serving as a member of the Richland County Regional Planning Commission.

Banks said he believes the ordinance before council is changing the form of government, something he thinks should be brought before voters or be done through enacting a charter system of government.

Councilman Larry Rose said he is not in favor of the current ordinance.

“I agree what they’re trying to do in theory. The village administrator position eventually needs to happen. The mayor is currently doing some of his work,” Rose said. “This will affect whoever the mayor is next year.”

Council member David Griffon said the change is twofold. It is to allow the administrator more opportunity. “We’re trying to restore that position back to where it was,” he said, recalling in years past the position was for about 20 hours.

“We cannot elect a mayor who has a water and sewer background. We need to have someone in there who we can rely upon who is more savvy than some of the administration in the technical parts of a running a village,” Griffon said.

“The average salary of mayors of villages our size is $6,400,” Griffon said.

He said there are a few villages about the size of Bellville that pay a little more, but they are not rural. “They are suburbs of Cincinnati or Cleveland and they have budgets or incomes two or three times (that) of Bellville,” Griffon said.

“We don’t know who is going to become mayor. They may be a very strong person, they may be a very weak person. By having an administrator that gives us some flexibility that a competent person is in there, not saying Darrell is an incompetent mayor. It’s something that needs to be addressed since I’ve been on council, about 31/2years,” he said.

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