During the Wellston City Council meeting of Thursday, September 19, Mayor Connie Pelletier reported the city will be cracking down on residents who have not put readable house numbers on their homes. She said the city has an ordinance requiring the numbers.
Pelletier said the police, fire, and EMS need the numbers so they can go to the proper address in the event of an emergency.
"We will go to the homes of those we know may need help at some point, those who are high risk, and then we will go street to street," Pelletier reported.
She said those not complying with the law requiring the numbers will be fined in accordance with the ordinance.
Pelletier also reported the north water plant had been broken into about two weeks ago and some computers and other small items had been stolen. She said the city had called Homeland Security, but continuous testing indicated there was no contamination of the water.
At one time fencing the facility had been discussed, but money was the issue in putting a stop to that plan, at least for now. As it is now, the plant may not have a person in it 24 hours a day.
City Engineer Tim Wojdacz said the city needs more people with Class 3 licenses. There is one with that classification working at the plant and the city uses the services of two retired persons who have the proper certification.
Even with the computers stolen, Wojdacz said the plant was able to continue safe operation.
Several derelict homes in the city will be demolished in the near future in a Jackson County project. Pelletier said the county had determined the homes to be demolished.
Safety/Service Director Fred Snider said city crews should be able to finish the handicap curb cut project in a week or so. Wojdacz said there are some pot holes that need repaired as part of a future street paving project and Snider said that would be taken care of.
Acting Police Chief Tim Ackley reported the city's second new cruiser had arrived and thanked council for allowing the purchase to take place.
Resident George Jacubec said council needs to address the issue of attendance at council meetings. There were only four councilmen in attendance which was enough to pass two pieces of legislation (ordinances) on third reading and introduce another (a resolution) with a first reading. Absent were Councilmen Keith Woolum, Brian Mantell, and Shawn Huston.