Committee says updated job descriptions would improve response to concerns
Belgium’s village marshal and deputy village marshal are slated to receive updated job descriptions after confusion over their duties.
The Public Safety Committee this week recommended changes that could be approved by the Village Board on Monday, Nov. 14.
Among the proposed adjustments include having the village set up an email account that is to be checked for complaints by the marshal. That way concerns will directly reach the marshal or deputy marshal, who are tasked to divvy up who responds.
The committee said new Marshal Cory Birchbauer needs to change the voice mail on the marshal’s phone since messages still go to a former marshal.
The response to phone calls has to be within 24 hours, the committee said.
Both the marshal and deputy marshal are required to work four to five hours per week, a portion of which is to be spent on patrol, the committee said.
In addition, when the village car isn’t available for patrol, Deputy Marshal Leon Anzia said he uses his own vehicle. The committee asked him to submit a mileage report, which he said he had been skipping. Anzia said the village car isn’t available about two to three times per year.
In addition, the marshals need to communicate with the Belgium Fire Department chief about working community events such as Luxembourg Fest, trick or treating, the community rummage sale and the Christmas parade and other times requested by the Village Board.
The marshal will be expected to attend all Village Board meetings and all Public Safety Committee meetings. The deputy marshal will be expected to attend all committee meetings.
A review of the marshal positions is slated to be done on Jan. 1 each year and completed by March, the committee said.
The suggested changes came about after the Finance and Personnel Committee noticed Birchbauer hasn’t been putting in the required hours. However, members said they were unsure if Birchbauer had the same job description the Village Board does.
Village Treasurer Kelly Brinkman said the marshal’s job description that was posted in the newspaper ad requires working four to five hours per week.