Wellsville, companies reach road agreement

WELLSVILLE — Following nearly two years of discussions on how to fund the paving of village roads, Wellsville officials have reached an agreement with several businesses at the intermodal facility.

On Tuesday, council approved a memorandum of understanding with the six businesses known as the Wellsville Business Coalition. Those businesses will pay the village an annual contribution, with the money divided between the village’s street paving fund and general fund.

The six companies making up the coalition are MPLX Terminals LLC (also doing business as Marathon), Cimbar Performance Minerals, Anchor Drilling Fluids LLC, Pier 48 Stevedoring LLC, Hilcorp Energy Co., and Quality Liquid Feeds Inc.

The agreement is good for five years, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018. The coalition’s first installment, which will cover the 2018 and 2019 calendar years, will consist of $85,714, with $38,714 going to the street paving fund.

That will allow paving of the truck route including Clark Avenue commencing at Quality Liquid Feeds and Pier 48 to 17th Street, and from 17th to Main Street, then to Nevada Street, and then to the Marathon terminal.

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, each of the six businesses will be required to pay $7,143 each year, with the money equally divided between the street paving and general funds. A 3 percent late fee will be assessed in the event a business fails to make a payment by their due date.

The passage of the ordinance follows lengthy discussions between the village and the coalition members.

At one time, village council passed an ordinance that required businesses pay a fee for all bulk materials shipped to and from the village. Council, however, has not enforced the tipping fee due to fear of litigation after the companies threatened to sue.

Tuesday’s measure was approved 5-0 with Rosie Gibson absent due to illness.

Three other ordinances were approved Tuesday:

— An ordinance approving the sale of property at 1033 Commerce St., to Bill Martin of Salineville, who provided the winning bid of $2,500, the highest of two bids. The other bid, submitted by J.C. Coulter of Riverside Avenue, was $300.

— An ordinance which established the wages and other conditions for regular full-time non-safety employees, and repealed three previous ordinances in the process.

— A resolution which allowed the administrator to grant a one-time variance from the application fee and security deposit for work by Columbia Gas.