Village of Wellsville board meets, hot topics off the table


Municipal parking lot talk held in executive session, village vagrancy not addressed at meeting

Michael T. Baldwin Reports

The issue of the Municipal parking lot off Madison Street was expected to be ‘front and center’ when the Wellsville Village Board met Monday evening, however discussions were held behind closed doors. Mayor Randy Shayler confirmed in public session the Village had a proposal from the owner of the Rockwell Building owner Tarek Otero, but he opted to review the matter in executive session with the village attorney – away from the wondering eyes of the public. No formal action was expected.

Also, not yet ripe for public discussion was the subject of vagrancy, which was also an expected topic but wasn’t on the agenda and was not discussed.

In matters that were addressed:

–          The Board approved a Halloween Block Party request from the Salvation Army. East Peal Street will be closed from 5-7 p.m. October 31st from North Main Street to Loder Street. The Village also approved ‘trick or treating’ hours that night from 6-8 p.m. and said if a house/porch light is on, trick or treaters are welcome…no light means keep moving.

–          Trustees approved an agreement with the school district for the police department to provide a School Resource Officer, to be paid for by the school.

–          The middle portion of Williams Avenue will be closed for 4-5 days beginning October 17th for a sluice pipe repair.

–          The Board approved two new members to the Dyke Street Engine Company – Bock Stonemetz and Andy Barrett

*Editors note: Today Mayor Shayler confirmed that the village board will address the “Municipal parking lot” issue after they gather more information and continue negotiations with the new owner on the future of that parking lot. Shayler also reported the lack of board discussion on vagrancy was not an indication of lack of action. We should expect to hear more from the Mayor on the subject in the near future.

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