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Wellsville council selects Maia Amato

Wellsville Mayor Randy Allmon administers the oath of office to Maia Amato, who will fill his vacant council seat for the remainder of his 2021 term of office. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi).

WELLSVILLE — A 20-year-old Wellsville woman took her seat at the council table Tuesday night for her initial meeting.

Village council unanimously selected Maia Amato for the seat formerly held by Randy Allmon, who’s assuming the mayor’s job after the unexpected death of Nancy Murray. Allmon had been serving as council president pro-temp whenever Murray was unavailable.

Amato works as a legal secretary and as a paraprofessional for Garfield Elementary School. She has an associate degree from Kent State University and currently is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business administration also at KSU. Earlier this month, the Wellsville Republicans chose her to be their candidate for Allmon’s council seat in the November general election.

She wasn’t the lone applicant for the position. Bob Boley, who had served as a councilmember when Wellsville still had city status, also had applied and was in attendance.

Minutes after starting the meeting with the empty seat, council members entered executive session for personnel to discuss both candidates with Mayor Allmon, Fiscal Officer Hoi Wah and Solicitor John Gamble, exiting five minutes later to appoint Amato to the seat.

Christi Thirtyacre was elected as the new president pro-temp by her fellow councilmembers before taking her seat next to Allmon at the table.

Allmon swore Amato into her new council seat, before the council re-entered executive session, where they met around 20 minutes to discuss personnel again.

In other action, council approved the final reading of ordinances, consenting to grant access to Ohio Department of Transportation for the maintenance of village state roads and increasing village appropriations. Members also paid $580 to Pytash for pulleys and spindles for a Kubota Zero Turn.

No action was taken on an ordinance that would have issued payments to village employees out of Wellsville’s American Rescue Plan Act moneys. Wah explained that the measure, which would have given each full time employee a $3,000 bonus and part-time employee a $1,500 bonus out of the village’s $173,153.50 disbursement was received Tuesday, will be sent for consideration at the committee level.

Council will next meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3 in council chambers.

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