WELLSVILLE - Council approved a motion for the creation of legislation that would change the zoning of five lots on Nevada Street from residential to I2 industrial. The change was motivated by a request from Marathon Oil, which is seeking to expand its Wellsville operations to include a gas storage and transfer facility in the pondage area adjacent to Wellsville Intermodal Park. Wellsville Mayor Susan Haugh said the property will most likely be used for additional parking to facilitate Marathon's future expansion.
Haugh asked council for approval on completing the transaction on four-tenths of an acre behind Wellsville Terminals. In 2011, council approved to the sale of the parcel to the Port Authority. "We had agreed on accepting the amount that was offered for this, and I would like to move forward," she said. Councilman Tony Cataldo objected, stating that he wished to have the property appraised first. Haugh reminded Cataldo that council had already voted to accept the terms of sale last year. She explained that the delay was due to an easement regarding the nearby sewer line and felt that they had waited long enough for the transaction to commence. "I'm asking council to support me in moving forward," she said. "I would like to turn this property over to the Port Authority." Council decided to review the previous legislation before taking action.
Haugh also requested a motion expressing the village's willingness to participate in negotiations regarding future development of parcels of land in the pondage area by the Columbiana County Port Authority. "This will help move along economic development down at that end if they know that we are willing to discuss this," she said. Councilwoman Rosie Goss presented the motion, which was unanimously accepted.
Wellsville Mayor Susan Haugh (right) presents an official proclamation to Colleen Waggle of the Southwick Griscom Kinney Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution declaring the week of Sept. 17 Constitution Week in the village. The declaration was made in honor of the 225th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution on Sept. 17. (Photo by Richard Sberna)
Wellsville Fire Chief Bill Smith interjected that an incident had occurred the previous night involving an abandoned structure that had been demolished, with the debris pile catching fire during a subsequent open burn. He said that with such specifications in place, the fire may have been prevented, and emphasized the safety of surrounding structures and residents. "It's not against anybody that has any property to tear down," Smith said. "It's to make sure they do it right." Council unanimously approved the motion.
Councilman John Morrow, chairman of the Claims, Rules and Ordinances Committee, moved to order legislation to create specifications for structure demolition. On a question from Cataldo, Morrow said the specifications are identical to those used by the county during its last round of dilapidated structure demolition. Haugh presented Colleen Waggle of the Southwick-Griscom-Kinney Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution with an official proclamation declaring the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week in the Village of Wellsville. The proclamation states that Sept. 17 will mark the 225th anniversary of the drafting of the document by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and asks that Wellsville residents "reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787."
In other business:
Councilwoman Tonda Ross, chairwoman of the Streets, Lights and Parking Committee of council, reminded the public and her colleagues that the committee will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 in the village administration building.
Council approved a motion to change the time of the annual Dash for Mat's Bash charity run, with its attendant street closure, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 to 2 to 5 p.m. on the same day.