Talks continue on road repair issue

WELLSVILLE — With the village continuing to look into funding to repair a Wellsville roadway used as a tuck route, Councilman John Cianni took time Tuesday to update the public on the village’s proposed tipping fee.

The issue of the tipping fee was brought up by Cannons Mills Road resident T.J. Echols, who had asked council for an update on the tipping fee situation during the regular Village Council meeting.

Cianni reported a meeting was held Nov. 9 at the Columbiana County Port Authority’s offices, which included Port Authority director Penny Traina, Mayor Nancy Murray, councilmen Cianni and Tony Cataldo, and representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), OMEGA, and other businesses located at the Wellsville Intermodal Facility, including Marathon and the Wellsville Terminal.

“I think there was a miscommunication about where we were standing,” Cianni said. “The mayor had approached some of the businesses to try to get the truck route for the two businesses whose trucks travel through town, and it sort of sounded like it was at a stalemate once the cost estimate was turned in.”

Cianni said the village may be able to come up with four sources of funding for paving of the roads, those being through ODOT, the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, the Ohio Public Works Commission and via the Community Development Block Grant.

Cianni said the goal, in terms of paving, is the entire length of Nevada Street to the railroad tracks, Main Street from 18th to 17th streets, the entire length of 17th to Clark Avenue and over to Aten Avenue, and a stretch from Aten to the highway. A secondary route also is being considered, which would include the intersection of Aten and Clark to the Intermodal exchange, which Cianni said had once served as the truck route.

Council had approved an ordinance Sept. 27 to place a fee on all bulk materials that was transported, transferred or shipped from the village into a bulk materials transport fund. The ordinance would also include establishing a fee amount to which bulk materials are shipped to the village, and also establish penalties for failure to comply.

During that session, council–which considered the tipping fee ordinance a last resort–believed that due to the truck traffic from the companies, the roads in the village had fallen into disrepair. Murray had asked the companies to form a group to fund repaving the truck route, to which no decision was reached.

The tipping fee ordinance was tabled a week later after meeting with the Port officials, and since that time, the Port has been working with the village and businesses to resolve the issue.