WELLSVILLE - Wellsville Village Council held a brief final meeting for 2012 that was long on thanks but short on legislation due to a deficit of members in attendance.
Council members Tonda Ross and Don Brown were both absent from the meeting. Though both concerned health issues and were excused, the lack of personnel on hand meant that the legislative agenda planned for the evening had to be postponed.
According to fiscal officer Dale Davis, some of the proposed ordinances require yes votes from five members of the six-member body to be passed legally. He said that a special legislative meeting would be scheduled for the end of the week to address the ordinances by all members of council.
Councilwoman Diane Dinch forwarded a motion to change the existing disbursement of sewerage fee revenues amongst the village's Sewer Disposal Fund and the Sewer Update Fund. The previous formula applied 55 percent of revenues to the Disposal Fund and 45 percent to the Update Fund each month. The new system will apply a monthly fixed sum of $10,000 to the Update Fund and the remaining balance to the Disposal Fund. The measure was approved unanimously.
"If we would have kept that figure the same, sewage rates would have to go even higher," Dinch said. She stated the change was necessary to offset the lower number of clients being served.
Village administrator Thom Edgell reminded council of a mandate from AEP Ohio to adjust the streetlight wiring on utility poles in the village. He accepted Mayor Susan Haugh's offer of a meeting of the Streets, Lights and Parking Committee. Edgell stated that the only written bid received for the project so far is from Sayre Electric, whose previous work for the village he complimented. He did emphasize, however, that his office is still accepting bids for the project.
Edgell also identified the need for pothole patching on Broadway Avenue and said they would be fixed soon. When Mayor Haugh asked if the patches would be vulnerable to snowplows, Edgell replied yes and said that little that can be done to prevent it. "There's no way to keep them in," he said.
The impending retirement of Wellsville resident Dave Lloyd from the Buckeye Water District's Board of Trustees leaves a vacancy for Mayor Haugh to fill. The village has three seats on the board. From what she called a handful of great choices, Haugh appointed Mike Linn to fill the vacancy, with a term ending Dec. 31, 2018. It was approved unanimously.
Councilwoman Rosie Goss used her report to compliment the participants in this year's Christmas Parade, and to express her thanks for a donation of Christmas decorations made by Steve Cunningham of East Liverpool, including a pair of toy soldiers. A pair of gingerbread men decorations belonging to the village were stolen nearly four weeks ago from a display on Broadway Avenue.
Along those line, Dinch presented Goss with a flower arrangement for Goss' commitment to her role as head of the Christmas Beautification Committee. Dinch became emotional, praising Goss for her dedication to the residents of Broadway and the village as whole. Goss' activities included taking charge of Wellsville's Christmas decorating efforts, as well as fundraising to purchase the decorations on Broadway, including the pair that were stolen. "Your true spirit shows," Dinch said.
Goss called it a labor of love and relayed her hopes for mounting an even larger display next Christmas season. "My father, God bless his soul, always said, 'If you want something done, do it yourself,'" Goss said.
Haugh took time to thank council members and staff for their service to the village over the past year. "We have a great crew that works for Wellsville," she said. "I appreciate them very much." She also expressed gratitude for her position as mayor of the village. "I love this job; I look at it as a gift I've been given," she said.
In other news:
* Council approved moving the date of its next regular meeting to Jan. 8, as in two weeks' time, the next meeting would have fallen on New Year's Day. The following meeting is scheduled for Jan. 15.