Monday – July 11: Mayor Joe Surace calls it his “last hurrah” as Wellsville's top administrator. That “last hurrah” is a community wide clean-up effort that Surace challenged everyone in the Village to get involved with a couple of weeks ago. This past Monday the Mayor held an organizational meeting for the scheduled clean up days which will be this coming Friday & Saturday, July 15 & 16.
The Mayor noted that there really isn't any equipment owned by the Village to do the cleaning-up mechanically. With no summer help from the County this year to supplement the number of workers the Village is strapped keeping up with the grass mowing and the pot holes repairs. There are only three Street Department workers and one Cemetery Caretaker. One of the Street crew is usually kept busy keeping our cruisers on the road and the mowers going. Monday he was trying to get the Village owned back hoe back up and running. Meanwhile the weeds, dirt and debris keep piling up.
That's where the Mayor's challenge comes in. It was decided the grass and weeds growing on the sidewalks and along the curbs is probably the most unsightly right now. The Mayor calls it the Help Us – Help You Clean-up.
The Mayor issued his challenge to all clubs, organizations, churches and residents to get involved to help the Village help you in cleaning up the place. The Mayor said if each resident cleans up the side walk and sweeps it in a pile into the street they will take care of the rest.
The answer to the challenge was very encouraging. The members of the First Christian Church already contributed a couple of weeks ago and sent word that they would be back. Wellsville's Nazarene Church promised their help. The Lion's Club and the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce was represented and promised their help. The Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department was there saying that the whole department will be out Saturday. Members of the Labor Union 809 pledged their support. The Wellsville Board of Education was represented with word the Touch Down Club, Football and Basketball Team members will be assisting. Ron Dailey, owner of Dailey Refuse, will donate a roll-off dumpster for the volunteers to use and will haul off what is collected. Sells Auction owner Bob Sell offered any help he could render.
The clean-up will start at 8 AM both Friday & Saturday. If anyone or any group is not already pre-assigned they are asked to report in at the rear of Village Hall. Village Administrator Jim Saracco and Village Zoning Administrator Rick Williams are the event co-ordinators. If there are any questions or other information needed you can call 330-532-2524 – Extension 10 during regular business hours. Quitting time will be 4 PM on both days.
On Saturday there will be a Family Fun Night in co-ordination with the Clean-up. It will include music by the band Abbey Road, the Beatle imitators, hots dogs, chips, refreshments and gifts for the kids. It is sponsored by the Family & Community Resource Center. The band starts at 5 PM with dinner to be ready at 6 PM in the High School parking lot. The Family & Community Resource Center will be handing out free discount cards and bracelets for the kids. With grants from AEP & Walmart they have also started a Summer Lunch Program at the Jim Kenney Center every Tuesday & Wednesday. For more information about the Center check their web site at www.fcrconline.org or call 330-420-0044.