Not everyone on Wellsville council in favor of roof repairs

WELLSVILLE – Estimates ranging from $75,000 to $700,000 have been given for repairing the roof of a building recently purchased by the village, and one council member said he is not willing to put money into the structure.

Village Administrator Thom Edgell reported at the recent Village Council meeting the building on Main Street had been leaking for years and the timbers rolled, causing the roof to crash down.

Edgell said he has spoken with 10 contractors who have given the wide range of estimates.

Councilman Randy Allmon said he was “very, very worried” about spending money on the roof, saying, “Putting even $75,000 on that building is ludicrous. We need to put it up for bid and wash our hands of it.”

Councilman Tony Cataldo said only the back third of the roof is damaged and said, “Guys come down from the big city and tell us $500,000 (for repairs) and we just laugh; it’s not going to cost that much.”

Cataldo said he has someone interested in the building, but Allmon reiterated he is not interested in spending large amounts of money on the building.

No action was taken.

Council voted unanimously on ordinances related to a rezoning request by Marathon Petroleum Co. to change from residential to heavy industrial, allowing the company to construct a 3,000-square-foot office building on its property along Nevada Street. About 2,000 feet will be used for office space, and the rest will be used for trucks, according to officials.

Also approved was adoption of the 2015 estimated budget totaling $3,070,019, with a general fund of $1,406,026.

Council agreed to allow firefighter Tim Long to pursue looking for surplus government fire equipment for purchase.

Police Lt. Ed Wilson offered a six-month report from the department that showed officers had made the following arrests: 264 traffic citations; 46 parking citations; 13 assaults; eight public intoxications; nine disorderlies; five thefts; 10 open containers; one underage drinking; two unauthorized uses; one falsification; one menacing; six OVI/physical control; one resisting arrest; one loaded firearm/ motor vehicle; two discharging weapon in village; six domestics; one littering; five obstructing; two criminal trespass; six criminal damaging; one armed robbery; seven drug abuse; three drug possessions; 15 drug paraphernalia; two juvenile arsons; and four juvenile drug possessions.

In addition, Wilson said in that span, the department has investigated nine child abuse cases, one homicide and eight overdoses.

During his report, Edgell told council thought must be given soon to purchasing a dump truck and also said the summer youth workers have accomplished a lot this summer, as has the street crew.

“Don’t be afraid to stop a guy working on the street once in awhile and tell him he’s doing a good job,” Edgell encouraged.

Council also approved the following street closing requests: Aug. 10, 1-3:30 p.m., 8th Street to 9th Street for the Forever on Patrol Memorial Run sponsored by the Youngstown FOP Lodge #28; Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Main Street between 8th and 9th streets for Backpack Bash, Wellsville Christian Church.