Wells Township trustees discuss pool, roads

RILLIANT — The Board of Trustees of Wells Township met in regular session Jan. 22 and agreed on several matters.

A discussion was held concerning opening the pool, and trustees noted that a manager must be found to oversee the opening, maintaining and backwashing the filters, operating the computer for chemicals, monitoring the pumps, hiring and supervising staff and lifeguards, and overseeing the general operation of the pool.

A reduced staff in the road and bridge crew will prevent those staff members from spending time at the pool. Trustees noted that if a qualified manager is not found, the pool cannot open.

Trustee Allison Yanssens reiterated the fact that it is important to find a qualified pool manager to allow the pool to open.

Trustee Ron Lazear moved to advertise for a pool manager with the ad running for a week. The motion passed 3-0.

The upper portion of Salt Run Road was also discussed. The rock base of that portion of the road makes ice removal nearly impossible, trustees noted. Lazear moved to have the road crew post the upper portion of Salt Run Road as closed if icing conditions prevent safe travel, on an as-needed basis. The motion passed 3-0.

In other business, the Board of Trustees of Wells Township:

¯ Heard from Lazear who announced that the JB Green sponsored cleanup for Wells Township will be held on April 11-12.

¯ Approved all bills on the table totaling $52,875.54.

¯ Heard from Trustee Rodney Roe who reported that a garage is falling down and unsafe on Third Street. Roe said he will contact the property owner.

¯ Heard from Dan Hutchison who noted that the house at 1304 Hukill St. was heavily damaged by fire. Funding for demolition is needed. Bruce Clark, solicitor, noted that he will check on the procedure.

¯ Learned that a decision on fireworks is needed. If the show is to be held this year the cost will be $7,300 if a contract is signed by Feb. 15. Fiscal Officer Joseph Matthews said a decision should be made by the Feb. 12 meeting.

¯ Heard from Elizabeth Cook about the Easter program. Matthews said that due to the low cost, the budget will support the program.

¯ Heard from police Chief John Ingram who reported that due to budget reductions, three officers will be put on layoff at the end of the month.

¯ Heard from Clark who recommended a written policy be adopted for the township handbook concerning benefits for injured or sick employees. Research will be done to see what other subdivisions have in place.