3/6/2018 3:41:00 PM Wellston Community Garden a go
Pictured (from the left) are Dana Wiseman, Wellston Mayor Connie Pelletier and Cathy Tiffany. These women are shown standing in the area of Catherine Zeigler Kisor Park on West Second Street which is set to be the new home of the Wellston Community Garden.
Less than two months removed from when the initial plan was presented to Wellston City Council, it has been announced that the community garden project will soon be coming to fruition.
Wellston native and 1988 Wellston High School graduate Cathy Tiffany first pitched the idea to council during the Jan. 18 meeting. Despite having lived in Columbus for the past 27 years, Tiffany stated she still has a number of family members living in the Wellston area, she still thinks fondly of the city and would be more than willing to assist in implementing such a community-oriented project.
During the Thursday night, March 1 council meeting, Mayor Connie Pelletier stated Tiffany has been working with Dana Wiseman who will be spearheading the project locally. Pelletier stated plans are currently being drawn up to place the community garden within the existing Catherine Zeigler Kisor Park on West Second Street near the Wellston Fire Department's Station 2. Council unanimously approved that location during Thursday night's meeting.
Work at the site is currently set to begin Earth Day weekend (April 21-22). For more information about this endeavor, check out the Wellston Community Garden Facebook page.
In other business
Make Wellston Beautiful President Tami Phillips announced that group applied for and was recently awarded a $225,000 state appropriation for use in renovating the Depot. She explained these renovations will include roof repairs, tuck-pointing and some electrical work.
Mayor Pelletier stated applications are available at the City Building for those interested in receiving free paint for their business or storefront in the city. This is part of the 'Paint the Town' project for which the Wellston Main Street group was recently awarded a $5,000 grant through AEP Ohio.
City Engineer Tim Wojdacz told council that Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officials are still stating they plan to proceed with renovation work on the city's bike path. Further, he said he has been talking with the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) in an effort to secure grants for the expansion of the bike path "through Wellston and beyond."
Council adopted Ordinance 2018-05 in emergency fashion. This legislation approves additional appropriations in the amount of $17,054.40 for officer's wages in the general fund. Not much was said about this legislation with regard to specifics, as council did discuss the matter in executive session for the purpose of considering the employment of personnel. Councilman Roaby Browning cast the sole vote against the ordinance.
Councilman Nick Rupert II stated a meeting of the Budget and Finance Committee will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. Items to be discussed that night include the city's water/sewer ordinance, financing options for the Sensus FlexNet water infrastructure system, and banking options for the city.
Mayor Pelletier stated work is underway on updating the city's website. She said an application for employment with the city will also be added to the site.