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Wellsville prepares for demo of collapsed downtown eyesore

During Wellsville council’s meeting Tuesday, members unanimously approved $43,900 to demolish this former jewelry store in the village’s downtown when they get the green light to proceed from the state. This building began collapsing in May 2019, resulting in traffic in this area being cordoned off for the past 15 months because it is a safety hazard. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi)

WELLSVILLE — Village officials are getting all their ducks in a row for when they get the opportunity to demolish a downtown building that is not only an eyesore but a safety hazard.

The second floor wall of the former Shingler’s Jewelry store building, which is located in the 400 block of Main Street, began collapsing in May 2019. It had since returned to the ownership of the state, after the owner defaulted.

During the Tuesday regular meeting, council unanimously approved $46,957 for invoices, which included $43,900 for the demolition of the building by X-treme Demolition.

More than a year after the building began to collapse, Main Street between Fourth and Fifth street has remained closed and cordoned off to traffic.

Bills also included $2,739 for the purchase of a camera system for the marina from AB Security Services, as there has been several occurances of vandalism there.

In other action, council approved several pieces of legislation in regards to the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department, including a request from Fire Chief Barry Podwell to block Lisbon Street from Wells Avenue and state Route 45 to First Street for annual floodgate training from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

Members also approved a $10 per hour wage for Wellsville extra (paid time) and called paid firefighters and repealed all prior ordinances; agreed to hire Georgiana Janko as a part-time firefighter; and agreed to allow the WVFD to pay $20,000 a year until they reimbursed the village for the advance made to the department for payroll in 2016.

Councilman Keith Thorn was excused from the meeting due to work obligations.

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