BEREA — Editor’s Note: This the final story in a series profiling candidates for Berea City Council. The council is comprised of eight members plus the mayor.
Richard Bellando, 72
This is the second full term on the Berea City Council for Richard Bellando, however, he also served in the mid-1980s for about one year.
Bellando is the retired co-owner of Churchill Weavers, formerly located in Berea.
He was encouraged to run by “several people on the city council who I respected, he said. “You can sit around and complain about things, but that doesn’t help. If you’re going to complain, you out to get in there and do something about it. Having been retired, I could devote more time to it. It’s really been a delight, and I’ve really enjoyed my work with the council.”
Some of the toughest issues facing the council now include the unfunded federal mandate to regulate storm-water, he said.
“We don’t know how we can pay for it. That’s still in the works,” he said. “The other issue I think is the expansion of our reservoir. In the past, government funding has helped us with the development of watershed with the Owsley Fork Dam.”
Berea’s growing population also presents new challenges for council members.
“We’re always dealing with roads and the maintenance of our own city streets,” he said. “And the possibility of maybe some revenue enhancements. I’m not a proponent of increased taxes, but if we need to look toward the future, how are we going to deal with the increased for services as we grow?”
Bellando said he has no particular agenda in being a city council member.
“I’ve tried to work hard in the past to represent the city in a responsible way,” he said.