Parking issues addressed by council

WELLSVILLE — Three areas of the village where no parking is allowed were addressed during Tuesday’s Village Council meeting, along with a request to get those areas repainted.

Speaking on behalf of the Streets, Lights and Parking Committee, councilman/committee chairman Keith Thorn addressed the situation on the west side of 15th Street, to which no parking is allowed.

Thorn made a request to village administrator Jarrod Grimm to either re-apply yellow paint or place signs in that area advising residents that parking is not permitted in that area.

He said that with people parking in that area to see recent plays, it has become a problem.

“The Potters players are coming down there to put on their plays, and a lot of people don’t know that they’re not permitted to park,” Thorn said. “It’s causing a hazard down there, so we need to do something with that.”

Thorn also addressed the parking situation on Commerce Street between Ninth and 15th streets on the north side and also asked Grimm for the street department to repaint or place signs, once again “because no one knows that you’re not supposed to be parking in there.”

Thorn also requested no parking signs be replaced on the other side of Commerce Street –from First to Ninth–to which he said those signs have gone missing.

He added that residents have also complained about others parking in those areas.

“I know we’re kind of handicapped with what we can do, but if we get a little bit out there, it’s going to help,” Thorn said.

In other business, fire chief Barry Podwel provided the fire department’s monthly statistics for October, totaling nine for the month.

The breakdown consisted of two life assists, one call of wires down, one bomb scare, one report of smoke in building, one brush fire, one smoke alarm due to bad batteries, one gasoline spill and one gas odor.

According to Podwel, the October 2018 count was higher than that of October 27, which reported seven calls that month. To date, fire crews have responded to 87 calls in 2018, whereas crews responded to 74 calls at the same time last year.

In addition, council approved the meeting’s list of invoices, totaling $1,336.51.

Read by Fiscal Officer Hoi Black, the breakdown of the bills were for Buckeye Mechanical for repairs to Village Hall’s heating system amounting to $1,079; Carquest for oil and oil filters and injector cleaner to two trucks ($131.68); Custom Hydraulics for materials to one truck ($30.29); Electric Wholesale for lights for Christmas decorations ($81); Hill International for brackets and screws for one truck ($89.71); Milligan Hardware for a salt spreader ($149.99); Smith’s Farm Supply for rock salt for sidewalks ($150); Protech for repair of heating system at village garage ($253.66); Pipelines Inc. for repairs to storm sewers at Eighth Street and Riverside Avenue ($292.86); and XL Sand and Gravel for gravel to fill a sinkhole at Eighth Street and Riverside Avenue ($490).

The next meeting will be 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at Village Hall.