Roy Acho has been reappointed to the Belleville Civil Service Commission with a term that expires May 31, 2016.
Acho is a longtime resident of the City of Belleville and owner of Five Star Market and Benito’s Pizza in Sumpter Township.
Mayor Richard Smith’s reappointment of Acho was unani-mously confirmed by the Belleville City Council at its Sept. 7 meeting.
In other business at the 45-minute meeting, the council:
* Approved street closings for the second-annual Freddie Harris Memorial 2K Walk/5K Run to benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 18. Participants will begin on High Street and head up the Main Street sidewalk between High and Denton, then out for a route beyond the Denton Bridge using the roads’ shoulders. Mr. Harris’ daughter Melissa Varney is putting on the event;
* Approved the High School Swim Team’s request for a fundraiser car wash at the fire station on Sept. 11, to earn funds to replace the operating system needed to run the lane touch pads and scoreboard at the BHS pool. This is to last until the new pool is built and in service, said Cindy Hudson, swimmer mom. City Manager Diana Kollmeyer said the city will be metering the water used to determine how much the city is giving away, so it isn’t considered lost water;
* Approved the municipal credit contract for fiscal year 2011 with SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation) for the local Senior/Disabled Transportation Program. The city is eligible to receive $3,757 in municipal credits with matching funds required. City Manager Kollmeyer said the city exceeds spending the amount required for senior transportation;
* Approved the closing of Fourth Street from Main to Charles from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 9 for the annual Harvest Fest;
* Heard a presentation on the upcoming Scarecrow Contest, a part of the Harvest Fest. There is no entry fee and applications are available at city hall and on line. The frames also will be provided. Entries are due Oct. 4. They will be put up along Fourth Street, except for businesses who can have them put up in front of their places. “We don’t want everyone to depict construction workers,” warned City Manager Kollmeyer;
* Approved accounts payable of $626,679.19, including the following departmental purchases in excess of $500: to Birchler Arroyo planning consultants, $702 for attending the July 6 council meeting; to Blue Ribbon $4,560 for road repair on West Columbia, from Water Fund; to Blue Ribbon, $1,860 for road repair on Edison, from the Local Street fund; to Gabriel Roeder, $7,620 for retiree health care actuarial valuation; to R. Dixon Lawn Service, $540 for lawn maintenance; and to Tyler Technologies, $4,590.30 for annual maintenance fee, paid from various funds;
* Heard Mike Foley of Frosty Boy tell about an easement problem he is having. He has signed a temporary easement for 10’ of streetscape work to be done in front of his shop, but a tree from the 1980s streetscape is pushing up the grate and making it a pedestrian hazard. He said Spicer’s chief engineer said Foley could use the tree not wanted in front of Ryan Taylor’s business, but City Manager Kollmeyer and Downtown Development Coordinator Carol Thompson required first that a permanent easement be signed to correct the problem from the ‘80s. “To correct the safety issue, I wouldn’t hesitate to give a temporary easement to take care of it,” Foley said. Mayor Smith referred the issue to the city attorney for a recommendation; and
* Heard John Stewart introduce himself. He is running as an independent candidate for state senate.