WELLSVILLE - Council approved village administrator Thom Edgell's request for funds to purchase a used compaction roller during a brief meeting Tuesday evening. He said the equipment is precisely what the village needs to properly fill many of the larger potholes that currently dot Wellsville roads.
Following an exhaustive Internet search, Edgell discovered a 2006 Multiquip 1.5-ton roller for sale from a United Rentals agency in South Carolina. Following negotiations, Edgell said he and the agency representative settled on a price of $6,100 plus one-half the shipping costs, for a total of $6,525.
At the previous meeting on Feb. 19, council approved $5,000 toward the purchase of such a roller, a sum that Edgell admitted, in retrospect, was too low. "I found one a year ago, which sold before we got to it, for $5,000," he said. "So I was asked if I could find another one [at that price], and like a dummy, I said yeah."
In her report to council, Mayor Susan Haugh announced that an emergency action plan submitted to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for village flood control has been approved. Haugh said the state approval was the result of countless hours of work by village Fire Chief Bill Smith, Dennis Tomcik of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and herself.
"This approval was imperative in order to move forward in our attempts to be accepted into the SWIF [Surface Water Improvement Fund] program," she said. A pair of public meetings on Thursday, March 7, at 1 and 7 p.m., have been scheduled at village hall to go over the details.
Haugh also announced that March 23 will be recognized as Organ Donation Awareness Day in Honor of Chelsea Lingenfelter not only in Wellsville, but also in Salem, Salineville, East Palestine and Chester. "I offer a heartfelt thank-you to the communities that are helping to make Chelsea's wish a reality," she said.
The light agenda also included approval of a measure to hire Attorney Kelly Linger to serve as prosecutor for the village Magistrate Court during trial proceedings. Councilman Tony Cataldo explained that many individuals appearing before village Magistrate Tim McNichol bring an attorney. During such hearings, the village has no prosecuting representation, role that Linger will fill.
In other business:
* Haugh also announced her appointment as a member/representative to OMEGA, the Ohio Mid-Eastern Government Association, for 2013. The appointment came from the Columbiana County Board of Commissioners. "OMEGA is a collaborative body of member governments that serves as a facilitator between state and federal government agencies and local entities to provide opportunities in economic and community development through networking, education, planning, research, and allocation of resources," according to the group's website.
* Council approved a motion to close Main Street between Third and Fourth streets, from noon July 31 through noon Aug. 4, for the Wellsville Italian Festival presented by the Sons of Italy Lodge 657.