Wellsville will seek buyers for reservoir

WELLSVILLE — Village council started the motions needed to sell the reservoir at Tuesday’s meeting.

Mayor Nancy Murray explained the village has no need for the property. It is outside of the village limits and is in need of improvements. Approximately 20 years ago the village sold the reservoir to Buckeye Water District, which gave the property back to the village. Wellsville gets its water from BWD.

“We have no use for it, and we could use the money for new equipment, capital improvements, or use it as rainy day money. We also have issues with trespassing and it’s a liability for the village, we can decrease our liability insurance by getting rid of it,” said Murray.

Council suspended rules and placed an ordinance on third reading allowing the village administrator to advertise for bids for the reservoir. The bid will be advertised for five weeks. The deadline has been set for Jan. 17, and the sealed bids will be opened on Jan. 22.

The village is selling all three parcels totaling 166 acres. The village will also be including the emergency action plan they had written by an engineer in 2017, to comply with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources requirements for the damn on the property.

“We’re just hoping a suitable buyer purchases it and puts it to good use. It’s a nice piece of property and it has the potential to be used in a way that really benefits the community,” said Fiscal Officer Hoi Wah Black.

Once the ad is posted anyone can pick up the bid packet with the village administrator, who will also be collecting the sealed bids.

In other action, council:

— Murray announced she had met with South Field Energy and Bechtel Energy Construction and Project Management representatives, and the first piece of heavy equipment for the new power plant will be transported on Dec. 18. The time has not been set.

— Agreed to pay bills totaling $5,444 consisting of $5,417 to Strouble Trucking for bulk salt and $27 to T&T Exhaust for an oil change for a police cruiser.

— Council member Karen Dash announced the land bank has taken down three more homes. A fourth home which is partially down is also on the list, but the property needs to go through two sheriff’s sales first.

— Dash also announced the collapsed building located at 431 Main St. has been placed on the sheriff’s sale list for Dec. 24 and Jan. 7. Once the property goes through both sheriff sales the village will be able to purchase the land without paying the $9,000 worth of back taxes on it. Dash reported once the property is in the village’s ownership they will tear it down because it is a safety hazard. She added the demo will have to be paid for by tax dollars.

— Passed an ordinance on third reading to make temporary appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures for 2020.

— Passed an ordinance on second reading for establishing the wages and other conditions of employment for the position of lieutenant in the police department and repealing the existing ordinance.

— Placed an ordinance on third and final reading authorizing and directing the village fiscal officer to advance the sum of $10,000 from the general fun to the fire levy fund.

— Passed an ordinance on first reading establishing the wages and other conditions of employment for the position of chief of police and repealing the existing ordinance.

— Placed an ordinance on third and final reading to increase appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures of the sewage disposal fund and the mayor’s court computer fund.

The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 17.