Council discusses FY2020 capital projects

WELLMAN — Few comments were made on a draft budget Monday as the Wellman City Council looked over capital improvement plans scheduled for Fiscal Year 2020 and determined what funding was available for the projects.

City Administrator Kelly Litwiller said Monday, Feb 4, the city has several capital projects that are scheduled to happen during the year. A new culvert will be added under the bridge at Third Avenue and First Street at a cost of about $50,000. A gas transmission line will be replaced at Smith Creek. The city is currently getting estimates for the replacement of the line. Litwiller believes the cost would be about $50,000. The council members also agreed to continue making up the difference in funding for the operation of the senior center.

“They (the senior center) do their own fundraising and that keeps them self-sufficient, but the city does pick up the shortfall on that,” Litwiller said. “The city wants to continue doing that.”

She commented the capital improvement plan was set up a few years ago and the city is following the plan.

Another project that will be included in the budget for the coming year will be work on the Starbuck-Miller building, an abandoned building now owned by the city.

Currently the city’s wter superintendent does not have a city vehicle and the possibility of purchasing a vehicle for the water department was discussed. The council is also considering giving a flat $1 per hour across-the-board raise to all Wellman employees in the coming fiscal year. The city also will continue to hire seasonal part-time employees to do the mowing of city property.