Ordinances, resolution approved

WELLSVILLE — It was a busy night of legislation for Wellsville Village Council with the adoption of six ordinances and one resolution.

Two of the ordinances that were passed Wednesday were for sales of equipment and property now formerly owned by the village, to which bids had been accepted during two meetings, one with Mayor Nancy Murray and Village Administrator Jerry Medley, and another also including fiscal officer Hoi Black.

The largest of the sales was for the former village dump located on Oak Ridge Road, which had been previously appraised at $100,000. Council approved the sale to Jed Coldwell for a total of $72,880, which turned out to be the highest of five bids presented to the village.

The other four bids were from Anthony and Jessica Fosselman, who offered the second highest at $50,000, followed by Joseph Pappas ($36,000), John Wright ($35,000) and Daniel Galeoti ($20,000). Each of the bidders also put down $100 in earnest money.

The other sale was for the 2008 Ford F-450 dump truck, to which Ed Wilson of Wellsville was the winning bidder with a cashier’s check for $2,000. The other bid came from Al Gavoino, who offered $1,054, but did not include $100 earnest money in his bid.

Also approved by council was the hiring of Dallis Dawson and Associates of East Liverpool to handle professional engineering services for the first phase of improvements on the village’s waste water treatment plant on 16th Street. The improvements are scheduled to begin March 2018, and are being done following mandates received by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In May, the village received a $500,000 small governments grant to go toward the restoration of the plant. Officials also are currently in the process of applying for another grant for the same amount.

Another ordinance passed approved the cancellation of the village’s contract with CTS, which had been regarding management of the reservoir and the bank building next to Village Hall on Main Street.

Murray said that while reviewing the contract, she noticed a flaw, and after consulting with solicitor Lynsey Lyle-Opalenik, the mayor was able to have the contract canceled.

Councilman John Morrow said the CTS contract came about through former mayor Susan Haugh and former councilman Tony Cataldo, whom reportedly negotiated with the owner for the sale of the wells behind Village Hall on Main Street, which council reportedly was unaware the reservoir was also included in the agreement without it going up for bids.

“That CTS contract came about after Mr. Cataldo and Mrs. Haugh negotiated with this man for about a year in private, and he was the only bidder on the ranning wells back here behind village hall,” Morrow said. “Then in the final contract, the reservoir was in there, and when the motion was made … Tony made the motion to accept the bid and enter into contract, and that pretty much gave them the greenlight to do whatever they wanted with that contract.

“I was told that we had to motion to go into contract in order to start the negotiation by Mr. Cataldo, which wasn’t true I guess. So it went through, and the reservoir was put in that contract too. It was never put up for bid. Never discussed with council.”

Murray said one potential buyer has expressed interest in the bank building next door, with preliminary plans to turn it into an ambulance business.

The other two ordinances approved were the final draft of the solid waste management plan of the Tri-County Solid Waste Management District, and one that established the wages and other conditions of employment for regular full-time classified firefighters in the village.

The resolution that was approved by council was a petition to the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court for permission to transfer money from the Capital Improvements Fund to the General Fund.

All seven pieces of legislature were approved 5-0 vote with councilwoman Rosie Gibson absent due to work commitments.