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Council takes care of legislative business

October 3, 2012
Morning Journal News

WELLSVILLE - Wellsville Village Council mainly pursued a legislative agenda during a brief meeting held Tuesday evening, with council member John Morrow absent and excused.

Council unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by members Tonda Ross and Tony Cataldo authorizing village administrator Thom Edgell to apply for Issue I funding from the state towards future street paving projects. "We've been applying for Issue I money for the past three years," he said. Though some work has been carried out over those years, particularly on Commerce Street, Cataldo said that the funding was necessary to carry out any more paving projects.

Council also approved the third reading of and adopted an ordinance authorizing the installation of new lighting for the state Route 7 interchanges within Wellsville, including the on-ramps and off-ramps at Clark Avenue, Aten Avenue and state Route 45. The project will be paid for and completed by the Ohio Department of Transportation, but Wellsville would take ownership of the lighting following completion of the work. The village would also be responsible for any subsequent maintenance and repairs of the lamps from that point forward.

With little discussion, council also unanimously adopted a resolution formally requesting a share of the revenues received by county commissioners from the state-approved casinos opened earlier this year in Toledo and Cleveland.

In his report to council, Greg Stewart, manager of the United Water treatment plant on 16th Street, said that he has been in contact with personnel from Buckeye Water District to figure out a discrepancy between the volume of purified water that is being pumped into the village by BWD versus the volume of wastewater that is being treated at United's facility.

Though figures from September were not available, Stewart said that during the month of August, BWD pumped 13 million gallons of clean water into the village. During the same period, United treated and discharged 22 million gallons of wastewater, which he suggested could not be accounted for by the 2.84 inches of rain that fell during the month. "That's a difference of a little over nine million gallons treated that's ground water," Stewart said, a rate of nearly 300,000 gallons per day. When Mayor Susan Haugh expressed confidence that the problem would be discovered and fixed, Stewart agreed but said that it would be costly.

Edgell hailed the completion of a project undertaken by Allison Contracting of Wellsville to fix flooding problems that had plagued the garage/basement entry area at the rear of the village administration building following each heavy rain. A clogged catch basin at the base of the entry ramp was replaced, along with the surrounding broken pavement, resulting in a smooth cement slab and drainage grate. Allison also installed a sump pump and new drainage pipes that will route accumulating rainwater to a storm sewer at the corner of 12th Street and Riverside Avenue.

Edgell said that he witnessed the new setup in action following a recent rainstorm and found it to work quite well, with none of the garage flooding that had been a problem before. "It was money well spent," he said of the project.

In other business:

* Council members set the village's Halloween trick-or-treat times as 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The next meeting of Wellsville Village Council will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at council chambers in the village hall.



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