Village dealing with potholes

The village of Wellsville, like many areas, has been dealing with potholes, including here at Aten Avenue, where large-sized holes are what’s in store for motorists to navigate through. Mayor Nancy Murray said the village will look to get hot patch material in early April, and has advised residents in the meantime to travel slowly in areas like these and near the Wellsville Intermodal Park. (Photo by Steve Rappach)

WELLSVILLE — Mayor Nancy Murray is advising motorists to take extra precautions while driving near Park Avenue.

During Tuesday’s Village Council meeting, Murray addressed the pothole situation on the west side of town near the Wellsville Intermodal Park, and stated once the village can obtain hot patch material, it will begin to fill the potholes.

The mayor said village crews are not going to use cold patch material, stating it will not hold with heavy traffic, which would serve as an extra and unneeded expense.

“Right now all we can get is cold patch, and as soon as those trucks hit that cold patch, it’s going to pop right back out and it’s going to be a waste of money,” Murray said. “So just be patient, go slow through the potholes down the street.”

Councilwoman Karen Dash said someone who drove near Aten Avenue actually outlined the pothole in white paint to indicate how large it was, but then added “I don’t know who did that.”

Murray said the village should be able to receive hot patch by the beginning of April.

Also related to the intermodal park area, the mayor said the village has an ordinance which calls for the collection of bulk transportation fees, passed last year.

Village solicitor Dominic Frank is working with companies in the park about paying those fees or coming up with an agreement to repair roadways in that area considered in bad shape.

“I’m hoping that it’s soon because that pavement has deteriorated so much that we may have to lower the load limits until we can get that fixed because that concrete has crumbled,” Murray said. “It’s really bad, and that’s not local traffic that’s caused all that damaged down there.”

Meanwhile, in other safety matters, Fire Chief Barry Podwel presented the fire department’s statistics for the month of February.

The department responded to five calls including an overheated furnace motor, one structure fire, one smoke alarm malfunction, one bomb scare, and a rekindle from a structure on 10th Street at the end of January.

This brings the total of calls for the department this year to 17, an increase from 11 from the same time a year ago. February 2018’s count also was slightly higher that February 2017 count, which stood at three calls.

Podwel also thanked those who helped the last two weekends as officials monitored water levels during the recent flood advisory.

“Last week we didn’t have to do anything, we didn’t get the rain that we had expected,” Podwel said.

In her Property, Equipment, Cemetery Committee report, Dash reported letters have been sent to owners of six properties in the village which have been considered nuisance properties, and have also become a danger to surrounding homes.

She said several properties need attention, and that the owners will need to comply.