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Council plans razing of Main Street building

Contractors were hard at work Wednesday morning demolishing the former Shingler’s Jewelry on Main Street, which had been crumbling for more than a year. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi)

WELLSVILLE — Money truly can buy happiness if you ask either village Mayor Nancy Murray or a village council member.

During Tuesday’s regular meeting, Murray told those in attendance that one month after allotting $43,900 aside to demolish the former Shingler’s Jewelry in the 400 block of Main Street, the work will begin this week.

Heavy machinery sat at the site of the building, which began collapsing in May 2019, after switching hands a few times. Work began Wednesday morning as barricades blocked vehicle traffic to Main Street.

Murray explained that the village was able to purchase the property for $5 at a recent sheriff sale. All the back taxes were forgiven.

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

Contractors were hard at work Wednesday morning demolishing the former Shingler’s Jewelry on Main Street, which had been crumbling for more than a year. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi)

All council members except Keith Thorn were present to hear the news, which included an arrival of another $119,000 in CARES Act money.

However, a chunk of that money might be already spent as council agreed to spend $63,575 on new portable radios, control stations and repeaters for the police and fire departments as well as 25 Scott AV3000ht masks.

They also are investigating whether they can submit their new salt truck at $64,000 for payment from CARES funds, citing the need for roads to be clear and passable when it snows due to the presence of Lifeteam ambulance in the village, Murray explained.

She also described that all work on Broadway, most recently the electric, should be completed. After trimming the trees, they put the lights, which were replaced with LED bulbs, on their own circuit separate from the fountains.

Fire Chief Barry Podwell also reported the fire department will be conducting their annual floodgate training until around 1 p.m. Saturday.

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