When Fayette village administrator Amy Metz asked council members for a ranking of village priorities, the consensus was nearly unanimous for the number one concern: sewage treatment.
Faced with the Ohio EPA’s orders to upgrade the treatment system and limits on growth due to capacity issues, council members agree that sewage treatment remains a vital concern.
Metz reviewed at the May 8 council meeting the lists submitted by five of six council members plus the mayor.
Economic development placed second in the rankings, with the goals of bringing more businesses and jobs to the community.
Following that was street repairs, seeking alternative energy (wind power, in particular), communication (between village personnel and with school and township officials), repairing the brush chipper and repairing sidewalks.
WATER LEAK—Chris Keifer talked to council about a continuing water problem in the basement of his video rental store on Main Street.
“You have a leak somewhere,” he said. “It’s been four months and something has to be done.”
Aqua-Line could not find a leak in the village water system, however, Keifer pointed out that the water has tested positive for chlorine.
John Becker told council the leak seems to be identical to a problem in the building three and a half years ago. He suspects the previous patch in the waterline broke loose last summer when S. Fayette Street was rebuilt. He told council the likely location of the leak and village workers will investigate.
DRIVEWAY CUTS—In the S. Fayette St. curbing project, two driveway cuts were missed on the east side of the road, Jerry Gonzales said in his public works committee report. He said the committee recommended having the work done and sending the bill to Arcadis, the village engineering firm.
Councilor Ruth Marlatt disagreed with that suggestion.
“Those people were contacted repeatedly,” she said about the property owners who no longer live in the community. “They were asked for placement [of a drive] and didn’t answer. It shouldn’t be charged to Arcadis.”
The property owner didn’t respond about the grassed over drives and no work was done.
Gonzales said that contact should have been made through a certified letter. Metz said she would check on documentation of communication with the owners...