Village departments to add employees

WELLSVILLE — The village’s Street Department/Cemetery Department soon will see an increase in its staff — possibly by later this month.

During last week’s Village Council meeting, Mayor Nancy Murray announced that the village is in the process of conducting interviews for two full-time positions and two part-time positions in the department, which will handle duties for both the roads and Spring Hill Cemetery.

According to Murray, more than 20 people applied for the positions, which will see an increase in staffing to departments that have been reported to be largely understaffed the past couple years.

More recently, the village’s street department has been down to two employees, but now the department is down to a single employee following the recent resignation of Jay Williamson.

Murray said Village Administrator Marcus Dalrymple has already interviewed six people for the positions, and that those jobs should be filled within the next three weeks.

The village had previously relied on temporary help through the Summer Youth Employment Program, but that program was discontinued last year.

“It’s been tough,” Murray said.

Also in her report, the mayor announced the village’s portion of Wells Hollow Road has been reapired and is now in driveable condition. Murray said the money used to fix the road came from AEP Energy.

In other business:

— Council approved the road closure of Center Street from 13th to 14th streets and Fourth Street from Main to Clover streets, for the First Christian Church’s second annual End of Summer Cookoff held Saturday. The temporary closures were made at the request of church representative Frances Youngblood.

– Also approved, 5-0, were the list of invoices totaling $10,864.64. Read by Fiscal Officer Hoi Black, the four invoices were for Heaton’s for ignition, catalytic converter and other repairs for the K-9 vehicle in the amount of $1,467.36; Lash Paving for 26.12 tons of paving material ($1,802.28); Mike Pusateri Excavating for a sinkhole repair on Maple Alley ($7,565) and Wellsville Feed and Supply for straw and grass seed for the cemetery ($30).

– Covering the Property, Equipment and Cemetery Committee, chairperson Karen Dash provided an update on homeowners asked to clean their properties. She stated the village has received some responses since the last meeting, but still have not heard from property owners of 312 15th St., 1501 and 1522 Commerce streets, 1815 Clark Ave., 838 Aten Ave. and 500 13th St.

Additionally, the owner of a duplex at 417 10th St., reportedly living in Hong Kong, has been addressed about cleaning up the property.

Dash also thanked the O’Hara family for the removal of the mobile home located across the street from the police station.

Council will hold its next regular meeting 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Village Hall on Main Street.