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Wellsville sees savings in insurance premiums

WELLSVILLE — While most municipalities are grumbling about soaring health insurance costs, Wellsville is not one of them.

Fiscal Officer Hoi Wah Yu explained to council last week the village would be saving $30,000 on its insurance premiums in 2021 and qualified for group rates through the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, which will save them an average $4,000 per year.

In other matters, council members Karen Dash, Christi Thirtyacre, Randy Allmon and citizen William Watson all were appointed on the Hammond Park Board.

During the public speaks portion of the meeting, Anthony Lombardozzi once again addressed council about the Alfred Bjelke donation.

After already receiving some money from his estate previously, Mayor Nancy Murray shared with council that the village received another $400,000 for Spring Hill Cemetery last month.

Murray told Lombardozzi that in addition to the brick memorial in honor of Bjelke, the money will also pave the main driveway of the cemetery and result in an installation of a new ceiling, lighting and carpet in the chapel.

On the subject of the village’s distribution from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which is still pending, Murray added that she plans to use part of the funds to demolish the Boley building, which is set to be on the county auditor’s sale in September. The structure is considered a public safety issue.

Fire Chief Barry Podwel provided a 2020 run report and updated council on the new ladder truck, which he hopes will be delivered by May.

Members also approved paying $107,002 worth of invoices and set a finance committee meeting at 6 p.m. April 28.

Council next meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at village hall.

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