Having received only one bid on construction of a splash pad at North Park, the Wellman City Council moved to reject it at their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 2. The bid amount was at least …
Having received only one bid on construction of a splash pad at North Park, the Wellman City Council moved to reject it at their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 2. The bid amount was at least $100-$150,000 over the estimated cost of construction.
Before moving into a work session, City Administrator Kelly Litwiller noted that the city cleanup days went as expected, filling up six dumpsters, “basically the same as it has been in the past.”
Trunk-or-Treat has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 31 and will take place downtown.
Income surveys for the city’s water main/water source project were sent to 305 households, but only 25% have been returned. The city will soon have to start calling those who have not responded; 100% return is required for the city to be eligible for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the project.
Progress on construction at the library continues to lag; the expected completion date of Sept. 19 has already passed, and installation of windows and doors is now being pushed back to the end of November.
After the conclusion of the short business meeting, the council considered whether they would be willing to lease the city-owned skating rink during a nearly 30-minute work session.
After skating rink manager Brenda Reasor’s resignation last month, the city began advertising for the open position, seeking job applications from candidates. The advertisement also stated that those interested in a lease contract should inquire and submit proposals. The city has received applications, and also a serious inquiry regarding the lease contract.
The council discussed the issues involved with leasing the rink. They considered whether leasing the property would save the city money and time, and how much say the city would want to have over the rink’s hours and operation. The idea of selling the skating rink outright was brought up, although it is unclear whether that is an option; the city may have agreed not to sell it when they accepted the property in the past.
Two council members indicated they would rather hire a qualified manager than lease the rink; another indicated they would favor a specific lessor. Ultimately, the council agreed to wait until all applications and lease proposals are received on Oct. 16 to continue their discussion.