Fayette council 3.19

Written by David Green.

A company specializing in tracking down water line leaks will help Fayette track down problems with the water distribution system.

Council members voted unanimously Thursday to hire Aqua-Line of Findlay to look for leaks in the system. The cost is $1,776.

Ken Delphous of council’s finance committee explained the action by stating there’s a lot of water usage that can’t be accounted for.

Aqua-Line uses a portable microprocessing system to listen for leaks in valves and fire hydrants and also to pinpoint leak locations.

The company says that an average leak in a municipal system leads to a loss of 5,000 gallons of water a day.

CHIEF—Councilors voted 6-0 to hire police officer Jason Simon as the new chief to replace Rick Kline. Simon has served as acting chief since Kline’s resignation in October.

Council voted earlier in the month to offer the job to Simon and then made it official last week.

Troy Stewart was hired to fill Simon’s position of full-time police officer, pending the results of a physical examination. Stewart will be paid $11 an hour for the first six months and then $11.50 an hour.

Council approved paying Simon and part-time officer Rodriguez $500 each for the extra duties they covered since Kline’s departure.

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