WELLSVILLE - Commendations and thanks were the primary business at the Tuesday evening meeting of Wellsville Village Council.
Mayor Susan Haugh awarded commendations to Wellsville Police Chief Joe Scarabino and officers Luke Skidmore and Jeff Weekly, and Liverpool PD Lt. Justin Wright. Weekly was unable to attend, as was Wright, though Liverpool Township Police Chief Charles Burgess was present to accept on his behalf.
The three officers and Chief Scarabino were honored for their actions during an armed standoff Oct. 4 at the Commerce Street home of Joel Possage. Despite allegedly being fired upon from inside the house during the incident, they were able to coax Possage out of the house and apprehend him safely, without returning fire.
Wellsville Mayor Susan Haugh (right) awards an official commendations to Wellsville Police Chief Joe Scarabino for his department’s efforts during an armed standoff outside a village residence on Oct. 4. Also awarded was Wellsville Officer Luke Skidmore (left) and Liverpool Township Police Chief Charles Burgess (second from left), accepting for Liverpool PD Lt. Justin Wright, who assisted during the incident and was unable to attend. (Photo by Richard Sberna)
"Our police officers and chief made me so proud that morning," Mayor Susan Haugh said. Listening to the police scanner in her home during incident, she admitted to being very afraid for their safety. "I realized right then that I love these officers," she said. Haugh took the opportunity to compliment the entire department for their commitment to the community.
Scarabino also paid tribute to the young officers with him that morning and their resolve to bring the very tense situation to a peaceful conclusion. "The job that they did was second to none," he said.
Haugh also presented certificates of appreciation to village resident Bonnie Taylor and her son, James Taylor, for their valuable volunteer work for the village. Work on the flood levy project required a count of all the houses in the village and the creation of a comprehensive map of the village flood plain, tasks that Haugh said she and village Fire Chief Bill Smith Would have trouble accomplishing in a timely manner.
As a project towards completion of her master's degree at University of Akron, Taylor and her son had made just such a map, which she passed on to Haugh. The map includes areas that are now being considered for future development, which the mayor said will be a valuble resource in future development. Taylor, in turn, presented a full-size copy of the map to Haugh, which she happily accepted. "They have moved us forward," Haugh said, calling their work, "a contribution towards Wellsville's future."
In other business, finance committee chairwoman urged fiscal caution to her colleagues on the board and the heads of other village departments. According to Dinch, the total funds combined balance was $1,420,555 as of Sept. 30. She hastened to add that, minus the general fund total of $1,180,439, including village investments, the balance of the other funds is a mere $240,116 with three months remaining in the year. "Let's just watch the spending, please," she said.
The next village council meeting will be held in council chambers at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 in lieu of Tuesday, Nov. 6, which is Election Day.