Fayette park board meeting 5.7

Written by David Green.

The Fayette Park Board is still spending time discussing the community swimming pool, even after its decision last month to keep the facility closed this summer.

Village council member Ruth Marlatt told the board at its May 1 meeting that several residents had contacted her regarding the decision to close the pool.

She was told that people weren’t aware of the public meeting to discuss the issue. If the meeting had been better publicized, more donations might come in to support pool operation.

Last summer, revenue from admissions fell short of operating costs by $18,000.

Board members decided to collect additional information about pool needs and costs and create an information sheet that could be given to residents at the May 17 community clean-up day and distributed to homes. The sheet could announce another public meeting.

Past park board president Kirk Keiser said that $18,000 was spent in 2001 for pool repairs. The work came with a 10-year guarantee, he said, but the company went out of business before the job was completed.

Contractors have been contacted about obtaining estimates for pool repairs, but the companies are now charging a fee for estimates. Village administrator Amy Metz will assist Scott Wagner in obtaining bids.

Keiser stated that the board attempted to locate possible grants to support pool work in 2001. Mention was made of the extra money the park program might be receiving if village council had agreed to seek a replacement of the park levy instead of a renewal. Replacement would have updated property values to current figures.

Concern was expressed about the flow of contaminants in ground water from the former Fayette Tubular Products site. There is an understanding among the board members that groundwater flows southeast toward the creek. A suggestion was made to check with the Ohio EPA about the matter.

COURTS—Quotes will be sought for paving the basketball courts. Metz suggested adding the job to the village paving projects in hopes of obtaining a better price.

BALL FIELDS—Rob Brubaker donated posts for foul lines at diamond two.

SKATEBOARDING—Chris Lantz spoke to several parents who offered to donate time to construct a skateboard area. The board was advised to look into possible liability issues.

FUND-RAISERS—Board members expressed willingness to work at Michigan International Speedway to earn money for the parks, but additional volunteers might be needed.

Forms will be distributed May 19 for the pizza sales fund-raiser. Twelve sponsors were signed up for support of the summer program. Shirts will be ordered.

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