Village to seek grant for sewage plant repairs

WELLSVILLE — The village’s sewage plant might get some additional help as village officials look to pursue a second half-million dollar grant.

During Tuesday’s village council meeting, Mayor Nancy Murray announced the village will be applying for a $500,000 small government grant to help with much-needed repairs and restoration to the village’s sewage plant on 16th Street, following mandates received by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In May, the village was awarded a small government grant for about the same amount, which also went toward the plant’s restoration. In previous meetings, Murray has said the plant’s restorations have been needed as it has caused a bad stench throughout the area.

“If we get this grant, we will have $1 million to spend on the sewage plant,” Murray said. “So we’ll hear soon on the next step on this grant.”

Grant funding can only be used for restorations on the plant. Murray said repair work is expected to begin March 2018.

Meanwhile, in financial matters, council approved the meeting’s list of invoices totaling $4,572.67.

Read by Fiscal Officer Hoi Black, the breakdown included invoices for 84 Lumber for concrete for foundation at $424.48; Brian’s Lawn Mower for chainsaws sharpened and new chains ($23); Carquest for oil, oil filters and fuses for Springhill Cemetery ($100); Dallis Dawson and Associates for engineering services for the village reservoir ($877.80); Family Dollar for light bulbs ($8.04); Home Depot for globes for light posts at the Broadwalk ($100); Custom Auto for repairs for traffic accident in parking lot ($730); LexisNexis for a copy of the 2017 criminal law book ($155.13); and three invoices for Milligan Hardware, for keys to the police department, outlet covers and S-hooks for Hammond Park ($30.36 total).

Others included Performance Truck for fuel injection module for the street department’s Ford F-550 truck ($940.09); Quality Printing for business cards for the village administrator ($41); Sherwin-Williams for a gallon of paint ($21.17); Stevenson’s for repair of a tank ($500); T and T Towing for repair of street department vehicle ($40); NAPA for hydraulic lines on village backhoe ($243.38); and Warren Fire Equipment for fire extinguishers and testing for all departments ($338.32).

In relation to the Dallis Dawson payment, Murray said the village was required to come up with a new Emergency Action Plan (EAP) because the EAP that had been on file was done incorrectly. The current administration had to pay for another one and submit the plan by Oct. 29 or would face a fine. When Councilman John Morrow asked who had filed the initial plan, Murray declined to comment.