Land bank hit list goes up by seven

WELLSVILLE — Village Council did not have a majority of its member present to officially conduct business at this past week’s meeting, but those in attendance did learn another seven homes are scheduled to be torn down as part of the Columbiana County land bank’s demolition program.

Program director Robert Ritchey reported demolition of the following dilapidated and abandoned homes is expected to begin soon: 344 Lisbon, 713 Washington, 903 Center, 1023 Commerce, 1220 Commerce, 1717 Clark and 1725 Clark.

This will bring to 49 the number of homes razed to date under the program being funded with $3.2 million in federal funding awarded the land bank to demolish homes in Wellsville, East Liverpool and Salem. A combined 170 homes have been demolished to date, including 42 in Wellsville.

Ritchey said the cost of the Wellsville demolitions, including the seven to come, will be $460,000.

The program funding has to be spent by Dec. 18, so more homes in the target areas are expected to be demolished before then.

He reported 28 empty lots in Wellsville left after the homes sitting on them were razed are being acquired by the adjacent property owners under the mow-to-owe program where they agree to mow and maintain the property for three years before taking ownership. Ten dollars per month is then deducted from the purchase price.

Council was unable to act on any legislation or pay bills because only three of the six members were in attendance Karen Dash, Bill Taft and John Morrow.

In other news, Mayor Nancy Murray announced the spring community cleanup event will be held in the parking lot behind village hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 24-25.

Accepted items are large household items, furniture, mattresses, washers, dryers, stoves, microwaves and tires without rims. Items that will be turned away include refrigerators, air conditioner units, dehumidifiers, TVs, computers and monitors.

The event is open to Wellsville residents only, and a police officer will be at the scene to check IDs and monitor what is being dropped off.

Murray said this is the first time they have used police but they had no choice because last year non-residents showed up and others disposed of prohibited items.

The roll-off container for the event is being provided by Solid Waste Committee for Columbiana, Carroll and Harrison counties.

Council’s next meeting was moved from May 6 to 6 p.m. May 8 because of the May 7 primary election. Village hall is used as a polling place.

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