Pumpkin fest in the works in Wellsville

WELLSVILLE — Council heard plans for the second Wellsville Pumpkin Festival during Tuesday evening’s meeting. The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 5.

Sheryl Gibson, Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce president, attended the meeting to notify council of her plans and to submit her road closure paperwork.. Gibson is asking to close a portion of Main Street, and plans to have vendors as well as a petting zoo with horseback riding at the festival.

“Thank you Sheryl for all that you do for all that you guys do for the village,” said Mayor Nancy Murray.

Jennifer Harris, owner of Eve Music Studio, spoke to council about her plans for a 5K Color Run before the Pumpkin Festival. Harris does not have the 3.1 mile course set for the race currently, but will be following council’s advice to ask First Christian Church for their 5K course map from the race they held back in June. She is thinking about starting at Nicholson Stadium. Harris hopes to have her plans submitted to council by the next meeting for approval.

“We want to do this very early in the morning, so that it’s all done, so everyone can party at the Pumpkin Festival afterwards,” said Harris. “I know it would bring a lot of people to see our town.”

Only two of the six council members were present at the meeting, therefore the council did not have a quorum and was unable to vote or conduct business.

Fiscal Officer Hoi Wah Black read the village’s financial statements. One of the ordinances council passed at the last meeting, requires the fiscal officer to present bank reconciliation, appropriation status, revenue status and funds status once a month. Black reported the adjusted bank balances as of July 31 for all 44 funds adds to $1,167,159, she also notified those present that the village has not had a deficit fund since September 2018.

Council will be voting on meeting minutes as well as the issues brought before the board Tuesday night at the next meeting.

John Dyce, a Meals On Wheels volunteer from Guilford Lake attended the meeting to tell the council that the street department is doing well in caring for the roads. Dyce delivers meals to Wellsville residents and has noticed an improvement to the roads.

“I just want to commend the street department. I know a lot of people might think there’s no improvements being done, but as someone who drives a lot of the streets, I know the street department is out there working hard, and I just want to make sure they got the recognition they deserve.”

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 3.