Murray seeks re-election for Wellsville mayor

WELLSVILLE — Saying it has been a pleasure and honor serving the village the last three years, Mayor Nancy Murray this week announced her plans to seek a second term, saying she looks forward to the next four years.

“The road was tough. After the first eight months, we were notified by the state auditor’s office that we are in fiscal emergency. We were told our deficit was $300,000,” Murray said of her first term in office.

After formation of a fiscal commission by the governor’s office, Murray said, “We have worked hard to bring all of our funds out of the deficit within two years, and we came up with a fiscal plan that worked, along with a five-year forecast.”

Murray noted that, in 2016 prior to her taking office, deficits were shown in numerous village funds including the general (-$202,292.97); fire levy (-$58,486.39); cemetery (-$20,000); fire 03 (-$6,206.72); police salary (-$5,655.02); and street maintenance (-$5,030.18).

In 2018, she related, each of those funds was in the black, showing carryover balances: General fund, $34,809; fire levy, $74,128.86; cemetery, $6,813.13; fire 03, $14,583.96; police salary, $1,880; and street maintenance, $29,986.65.

The bank balance at the end of 2016 was $460,974.50, compared to $1,012,108.84 in 2018, according to Murray.

“I feel I have hired the right people to manage and administrate the village. I have made a few changes through the last three years, and I feel these have been best for our village,” Murray said.

She continued, “Our fiscal officer is excellent; the magistrate clerk and the sewage clerks do a wonderful job. Our new administrator is doing an excellent job as well.”

Murray said, “We have been fiscally responsible and transparent throughout my term.”

When she took office, Murray pointed out, sewage bills were $60,000 in arrears, whereas that amount it now down to $4,000.

Upgrades to the sewage plant and replacement of concrete intersections and road upgrades on the truck route through the village are expected to get underway in the spring, with Murray saying there is $900,000 in grants for the sewage project and about the same available for the road project.

Murray noted several new police officers have been hired as well as one new fireman, and she hopes to hire another fireman, saying, “We work together to keep your community safe.”

She reported the Lifeteam Ambulance Service will be opening its new station next to Village Hall in the near future and said the Southfield project engineering team has moved to an office on Main Street, with the Slacks Antiques store also now open in the former Perpetual Bank building.

“I hope in the next four years to improve our infrastructure by securing many more grants. I would continue cleaning up blight by working with the Land Bank, working toward making the community more attractive. I will be working to being more new businesses to the village,” she said.

“We still have a lot of work ahead of us, and I will work to make our community one of the best in the county. I look forward to serving the residents of this great village of Wellsville,” Murray concluded.