Wellsville plans new landscaping around former Municipal Building

WELLSVILLE – The village of Wellsville has provided the first small portion of its $ 480,000 federal COVID aid grant.

Monday evening the village council approved a project to refresh the landscaping around the former community building on the corner of Main and Jefferson. The proposal was presented to the board by resident Angela Glickstein.

“We’ve all walked past this building thinking more about what we’re going to do with it than what it looks like,” said Mayor Randy Shayler. “I think it’s money well spent, personally. We have the COVID relief money from the federal government, and this is a one-time agreement that doesn’t generate any payments that we, if you will, want to track. ”

The project will only account for a fraction of the village’s COVID aid funds. Glickstein received two estimates for various services from Weaver’s Landscaping, and both were under $ 1,630. The project is put out to tender by the municipality.

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Glickstein’s suggestion is that the work be done this fall, removing the current trees and shrubs in favor of smaller, more visually appealing plants. Glickstein was inspired after seeing the fruits of the labor of Weaver Landscaping across the street at the David A. Howe Public Library.

The status of the former community building has been pending since the village moved to Street 23 North Main. In January, Allegany County’s legislature Bill Dibble proposed that the Howe Library building be donated to be used as an “electronic library” for digital activities, equipped with computers and study stations. The village has also investigated opportunities for sale.

At the urging of local residents, the Wellsville Village plans to refresh the landscaping around the former Wellsville Municipal Building.

“Whatever its future, wouldn’t better landscaping make it more attractive, would this part of Main Street really almost match the one on the other side?” Asked Glickstein. “I think we all want Wellsville to be great. We know Wellsville is great, we just want to make it more attractive in every way. ”

At the suggestion of trustee Ed Fahs, the board decided that the project should also include the repair of the characteristic old-style clock in front of the former community building. Fahs noted that like the clock tower in the movie franchise, the clock reads “Back to the Future” only once.

“Even if we can’t fix this, we have to do something,” said Shayler, urging the village to save the clock tower.

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