Nutrition site may close due to fuel costs

DILLONVALE – The senior citizens’ nutrition site in the village might close during January, February and March to save on fuel costs.

Officials during a recent Village Council session decided to ask the Prime Time agency, which handles the meals program, to close the site for those three months.

The meal site has been closed in the past for three months in order to save on fuel costs.

In other matters, council, after a brief discussion, approved an ordinance to employ Robert Dillon as a part-time recreation director on a six-month probationary basis. Two persons applied for the post, and they were interviewed by Mayor Michele Dulesky and Councilwoman Mary Ulczynski.

Ulczynski has obtained four flags for the village. Appreciation was expressed to the American Legion in Dillonvale and Mount Pleasant Building Products for donating the flags.

The building committee reported the gym floor was wet, and the roof might be leaking. Plans were to have the issue checked out with a report due back to council.

Some ideas were discussed on ways to raise money for the roof if it needs to be replaced. One suggestion is to put a one-time levy on the ballot for the cost of the roof. Also, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be contacted for its input and to see about submitting an application for a dump truck.

In other matters, it was recommended by council that when an employee quits or resigns that an exit interview take place, and the supervisor sign off on whether to rehire or to not rehire.

Council took action to authorize the mayor to send a memo to the police chief to review the existing pursuit policy and have current police officers sign off on it.

Dulesky reported the cemetery received $1,000 from the village. While still reporting for the cemetery committee, she said the board will have attorney Lawrence Boothe do the paperwork for the oil and gas lease for 19.6 acres at $7,000 an acres.

It was noted Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Marsili have applied for a state grant to help in paying for a handicap ramp to their restaurant. They requested council’s approval since the project would take part of the sidewalk. After a brief discussion, council asked the clerk-treasurer to send a letter asking for a drawing of the area in question. Officials are concerned whether the sidewalk would be wide enough for people to walk there.

A Hill Street resident asked about taking out some of the bank on that street to make the turn wider, and the resident informed officials he would be willing to do the work himself.

Hill Street is 40 feet wide, and it was noted property lines would have to be located for two properties before anything could be done. It was decided a surveyor would have to be retained, the homeowners’ permission would have to be granted and drawings would have to be prepared and submitted to the engineer to address the water and retention problems in that area before any action can be taken.

The Hill Street resident is being notified about these requirements.

The mayor’s court clerk was asked to send a letter to a Smithfield Street property owner about the need to clean up a pile of debris in the yard.

Council’s next regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the municipal building.