Biacco: Pipe project payment dispute resolved

WELLSVILLE – The issue between Yellow Creek Township officials and a closed business over non-payment of a culvert pipe project has now been resolved.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Trustee Chairman Kenny Biacco provided an update on the situation with Wellsville Foundry, and informed the board that the township has received a check for $565 from foundry owner Chuck Gilmore, who reportedly resides in Florida.

The money was for materials and the township road crew’s work on the installation of an 80-foot culvert pipe and two catch basins on Fife Coal Road on Sept. 15 in order to resolve flooding issues that had taken place at both the foundry and Yellow Creek Casting.

Yellow Creek Casting, which owed around $1,300, paid its entire amount in full, but two weeks after the work was completed, Wellsville Foundry closed its doors and had not paid what it had owed.

Biacco stated that after the township was able to make contact with Gilmore last week, an invoice was mailed to Gilmore’s residence in Florida. Within a few days of mailing the invoice, according to Biacco, Fiscal Officer Debbie Lyle received the $565 payment, resulting in the foundry paying in full and considering the matter closed.

Prior to receiving the check, the township considered taking legal action against the business, but eventually did not proceed further.

In other business:

— Biacco reported that the township has received the first shipment of new signs, including 37 “Stop Ahead” signs and 10,000 pieces of hardware including nuts, bolts and washers total as part of the sign grant that was awarded to the township by the state. Biacco said that another shipment of the signs would be expected to arrive in February.

— Biacco reported that county engineer Bert Dawson sent the township a Road Use Maintenance Agreement (RUMA) in regard to roads that would be used by South Field Energy as it prepares construction of its new electric power plant in the near future. The trustees are currently reviewing the RUMA, to which the trustees can make changes if needed, and will return once the RUMA is accepted.

Also in relation to South Field Energy, Biacco reported that representatives with South Field will appear in the township this Friday with the Ohio Siting Board to review the location of where the plant will be constructed, which will be near Hibbetts Mill Road.

— Fiscal Officer Debbie Lyle reported that she would be attending a seminar in Lisbon regarding tax levies, including changes in paper work regarding placing levies on upcoming ballots. The meeting is scheduled to take place across from the county engineer’s office at 4 p.m. today. The township’s fire levy, coincidentally, will be up for renewal this November.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the David W. Boyd Meeting Room on Oak Ridge Road.