Wellsville set to start treatment plant work

WELLSVILLE –City Council has agreed to hire Dallis Dawson and Associations of East Liverpool for the first phase of improvements to the waste water treatment plant scheduled to begin in March.

The improvements were mandated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

In May, the village received a $500,000 small governments grant to go toward the restoration of the plant. Officials are applying for another grant for the same amount.

In other business, council also approved the cancellation of the contract with CTS, which had to do with management of the reservoir and the bank building next to Village Hall.

Mayor Nancy Murray said that while reviewing the contract, she noticed a flaw, and after consulting with solicitor Lynsey Lyle-Opalenik, she was able to have the contract canceled.

Councilman John Morrow said the CTS contract came about through former Mayor Susan Haugh and former councilman Tony Cataldo, who reportedly negotiated with the owner for the sale of the wells behind Village Hall. Council reportedly was unaware the reservoir was also included in the agreement without it going up for bid.

“That CTS contract came about after Mr. Cataldo and Mrs. Haugh negotiated with this man for about a year in private, and he was the only bidder on the ranning wells back here behind village hall,” Morrow said. “Then in the final contract, the reservoir was in there, and when the motion was made … Tony made the motion to accept the bid and enter into contract, and that pretty much gave them the greenlight to do whatever they wanted with that contract.

“I was told that we had to motion to go into contract in order to start the negotiation by Mr. Cataldo, which wasn’t true I guess. So it went through, and the reservoir was put in that contract too. It was never put up for bid. Never discussed with council.”

Murray said one potential buyer has expressed interest in the bank building next door, with preliminary plans to turn it into an ambulance business.

Other legislation approved by council included the final draft of the solid waste management plan of the Tri-County Solid Waste Management District, establishing the wages and other conditions of employment for regular full-time classified firefighters in the village, and sale of equipment property now formerly owned by the village.