Tuesday – May 17: The Wellsville Village Council held a regular meeting this past Tuesday evening at Village Hall. Present at the meeting was President Pro-Tem Randy Allmon and Council Members Susan Haugh, Joe Soldano, Rosie Goss, John McMahon & Tony Cataldo. Also attending was Village Administrator Jim Saracco, Fiscal Officer Dale Davis, Legal Adviser Andy Beech and Zoning Administrator Rick Williams.
In the Public Speaking portion of the agenda Rick Williams, speaking as a 15th Street resident, requested that the Wellsville Eagles be permitted to block off the parking along the curb on Main Street from the old 356 bar up to the mobile home next door to Quik King for a June 25 motorcycle event. The event is called the “Paws-R-Riding On It” and will benefit the CC Humane Society, the Hancock County, Animal Shelter and Wellsville's Alley Cat Aid Brigade. Parking would be blocked off from 9 AM to 1 PM to accommodate the motorcycles. Council approved that the parking be blocked for the fund run providing proper paper work is completed and it is also approved by both the Police Chief and the Fire Chief.
Jack Cataldo of Riverside, speaking on behalf of the Liberty Theater Renovation group, thanked the 12 people that showed up for last month's clean-up work detail. He said they especially wanted to thank Daileys for donating a dumpster, Rodger Minor for bringing up his front end loader to lift items into the dumpster, Blaine Perry for hauling away recyclable items and Shawn Heiny for the gutter work. Cataldo announced there will be another clean-up party on Saturday, June 11 from 10 AM to 1 PM. He also reminded all of the benefit baked chicken dinner at the Alumni Center on Wednesday, June 22. Proceeds from that dinner go to the theater renovation efforts.
Village Administrator Saracco reported that they haven't quit patching pot holes. However the company that supplies the hot patch got a big order from the State for a different type that costs $100 per ton more then what the Village uses. Since the Village can not afford that type it will be two weeks before any more hot patch is available to resume filling pot holes.
John McMahon asked if that was the only place available to get hot patch. Saracco replied that is the closest place. There is a place in Martins Ferry but it is too far away and the hot patch is unusable by the time it gets to town. Joe Soldano advised there is a company in Weirton called Kelly Paving. He had contact information and believes the cost is about the same as what the Village is paying. Soldano added that Yellow Creek Township gets patch from them. Soldano added “we have to hit this harder than what we're hitting it. Residents have put up with this long enough”. Soldano then inquired if it was possible to get two truck loads at a time to double the amount of patching done. Saracco responded he did not have the people to handle two trucks at a time. Saracco added with the rainy weather lately it's been too wet to patch. Then they argued about the number of good weather days there has been in the past two weeks.
Saracco then reported that a Canfield company called Everflow Eastern has checked out parcels of land owned by the Village and advises Chesapeake is interested in drilling for natural gas. Saracco added he thinks Council should get together, set up a meeting and make up their minds on what they want to do.
Councilwoman Haugh noted that as Property Committee Chair she would like to be informed of any additional meetings of this nature. At a Committee meeting a few weeks ago she suggested Council look into this. Saracco replied he was wondering why she wasn't at the meeting they had. Haugh responded she wasn't informed of any meetings. Later it was learned that both Soldano and Cataldo sat in on these meetings.
Cataldo announced there will be a Finance Committee meeting this Thursday, May 19 at 2 PM to compare 2010 Local Government figures with estimated 2011 figures and other items.
For Streets, Lights & Parking John McMahon noted there was a problem with a Riverside resident opening an alley that is on private property. McMahon advised he did not give permission for this to be done and it is now a civil matter for the land owners to resolve.
Council approved that a $21,279 payment be made to Mike Pusateri Construction for digester work ongoing at the Sewage Treatment Plant. Cataldo remarked that the new digesters are not operational yet. There is still sludge awaiting test results at the plant. For that reason there is still an odor coming from there.
For Personnel Soldano advised that copies of the 2004 Personnel Policy have been made and reminded the Village Administrator that the employees are to read and sign off on.
Councilwoman Rosie Goss inquired about the status of the drug testing policy and whether the Village was going to use a Calcutta company. That is still under consideration.
Goss also offered her help with anything she can do with keeping the Immaculate Conception Church open.
For Legislation Council voted to suspend rules and adopted an ordinance to participate with ODOT in purchasing rock salt for the 2011-2012 Winter Season. That ordinance passed the first reading at the last Council meeting.
For New Business Allmon noted that as Acting Mayor he has received a couple of anonymous letters that were actually pretty good. However since the sender was anonymous they were discarded. Allmon reminded anyone that sends letters must have a valid signature to be considered.
The meeting adjourned at 6:29 PM. The next scheduled regular meeting is Tuesday, June 7 at 6 PM at Village Hall.