The Wellsville Village Council held a regular meeting Tuesday evening, July 3. All Council members were present. Also in attendance were Village Administrator Thom Edgell, Legal Advisor Andy Beech and Fire Chief Bill Smith.
Just before the meeting began Mayor Susan Haugh offered her apologies saying something just came up requiring her attention. President Pro-tem Rosie Goss presided over the meeting.
Main Street businessman William Cataldo got approval, pending the paperwork being approved, to block Main Street from 8th to 9th Street between the hours of 12:30 to 3:30 PM on Sunday, August 12 for the annual Fallen Police Officer’s Poker Run. The Crystal Lounge is one of the stops on the run.
Twelfth Street resident Dave Butcher asked Council consider making the corner of 9th & Main a no parking zone. Butcher indicated he considers it’s a safety hazard for drivers when vehicles are parked near the corner.
In his report Village Administrator Thom Edgell advised that eight catch basins are being installed on Commerce near 12th St. The basins are being installed by Larry Martin Contracting at a price a little over $12,000 for labor only. The Village bought the catch basins themselves at a cost savings. The cost for the eight basins was a little under $3,000.
After getting bids from three different contractors Wellsville resident Scott Heiny was awarded a contract for work to be done in Hammonds Park. The now closed restroom will be remodeled and reopened for public use. A metal commode, sink and mirror will be installed with a new door. Part of the building will be partitioned off to create a storage space for maintenance equipment. The roofs on that building and the two shelters will be replaced with metal roofs that will be guaranteed for 75 years according to Edgell. The total amount for the contract is $12,000.
Closing out his report Edgell expressed his sincere gratitude, as did several Council members, to Wellsville’s First Christian Church for all the kind deeds and work they accomplished with their Mission Wellsville last week.
Fire Chief Bill Smith reported that his only full time fireman will be retiring at the end of the month and that he, himself is scheduled for surgery at the same time. He expected he will be off for four to six weeks and there will be no one to run the Fire Station. Council went into a nearly 20 minute Executive Session to discuss hiring personnel. Later in the meeting Personnel Chairman Tony Cataldo announced they will be accepting applications for a certified, full-time fireman until August 1. Fireman Doug Elliott’s letter of resignation was accepted with regrets and thanks. Elliott had 33 years with the Village that included 25 years as a full-time fireman.
Councilman Don Brown issued a warning for residents that have garbage piling up in their yards. Brown said that if not cleaned up residents will be cited into Magistrate Court.
Finance Committee Chairwoman got approval to pay bills totaling $49,646.
Street Committee Chairwoman Tonda Ross got an application approved to block 11th Street off, from Main to Riverside, for a “Family Reunion” for members of the former Immaculate Conception Parish. The reunion is being planned by the Committee to Save Immaculate Conception Parish on Sunday, August 19. The event will be from 4 to 7 PM.
Property Committee Chairwoman Rosie Goss got a motion passed authorizing the solicitor to petition CC Common Pleas Court for property at 1033 Commerce St.
Claims, Rules & Ordinance Chairman John Morrow announced there will be a Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 10 at 3:30 at Village Hall. The purpose for the meeting was not made known.
Approval was also given to have the Village grant writer to apply for two FEMA grants depending on the grant writer’s fee. One grant is for firefighting equipment and the second is for wages to add an additional fireman. The deadline to file for the equipment grant is Friday.
Renewals for the 0.5 mill Floodwall levy and the 1.4 mill Fire levy were approved to be put on the ballot. Both levies expire at the end of the year. Being renewals there will not be any taxes raised if they are voted on favorably. An ordinance establishing new rates for burial lots and other fees at Springhill Cemetery was placed on second reading by a 4 to 2 vote. Council members Brown and Ross both voted no to raising rates.
The last order of business had Council voting not to require a public hearing for transferring a D5 liquor license from the Platinum Bar to “My Bar” owned by Roy A. Larkins. The bar is located at 358 Main Street in the Square.
The meeting adjourned at 6:51 PM. The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17 at 6 PM. The meeting will be held at Village Hall at 1200 Main St.