WELLSVILLE — Wellsville council Tuesday approved nearly $10,000 more for the gazebo project.
Following much discussion over the cost and work done, council approved a payment of $9,580 to contractor Jim Coppa so the gazebo which has been undergoing renovations could be finished. Coppa told council that amount is the cost of materials and labor and is in addition to the 13,924.20 he invoiced them for.
Council voted on a motion to pay the amount needed to finish the project. Council members Ryan Burgess and Karen Dash abstained from the vote which left council unable to pass the motion until Mayor Bob Boley voted in favor of the motion to break the tie and get the project finished.
Council member Keith Thorn was not in attendance to vote.
Coppa said the gazebo which was to have been done before Memorial Day and then before Labor Day would be finished in about four days.
Police Lt. Marsha Eisenhart told council that for a year-to-date total, Wellsville officers have written 192 tickets with the majority of them being for speeding.
“When they get them for speeding it’s usually 10 miles or more over,” Eisenhart said. “I think the highest one is for 102 on Route 7 and I think the highest one in town was for 55 in a 25.”
The department has had 30 other charges.
Eisenhart commented on the previous discussion on vandalism and juveniles suspected of it. She had a police report for Aug. 27 for vandalism. An 18-year-old broke the window out of the old movie theater, so curfew wouldn’t have applied to him. She said she believes some of the other acts of vandalism around the village have been committed by adults as well.
The police department took possession of the cruisers they purchased and will be having light bars and radios installed soon.
Council voted to approve the hiring of part-time officer Shawn Livingston.
Fire Chief Barry Podwel asked council to approve Jill Miller as a civilian dispatcher. Council voted in favor on the motion.
Podwel also told council the warning siren is not on the fire department because it is being worked on. He said he is hoping it is just the motor needing repair in the siren that is approximately 50 years old.
Boley said if it isn’t the motor, the cost to replace a siren will be about $10,000 to $15,000.
The zoning department reported bringing in about $3,000 in licensing fees this year and noted that things were still a little bit slow.
Fiscal Officer Hoi Wah reported that Podwel provided her a $20,000 quote for a decontamination machine that the fire fighters can use for their clothes, masks, etc., when returning from a call. She sent in the quote to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation along with an application for a grant bureau offer. The most the department would get is $15,000. She is waiting to hear back on the application.
Wah said she has also been looking into the ARC Rise program, which is a program that could possibly help with the dredging of the marina, and will be applying for a grant through them.
Council approved the payment of bills in the amount of $2,332.43.
Council member Bill Taft requested an executive session to discuss personnel matters. Council reconvened the regular session with no action taken.
Boley said he had a meeting last week with officials from Columbus regarding the marina and that it was a positive meeting. Boley said he believes the village is getting much closer to making the marina dredging project happen. They will be meeting again Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. in the council chambers.
An ordinance modifying fees at Spring Hill Cemetery was placed on second reading.
The Wellsville Village Council meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in council chambers at village hall, 1200 Main Street. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 19.
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