Fayette village council 6.4

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The Keifer’s Korner Video water problem is now back in the owners’ court after an additional inspection showed no problem with the village sewer line in the area.

The owners of the store at the corner of Main and S. Fayette streets reported several months ago a problem with water in their basement. The Keifers and the village have both tried to determine the cause of the problem.

At a meeting last month, a previous owner of the building suspected the problem lay underneath Fayette Street. A similar situation was found to be caused by a waterline leak. Council was told that road construction last summer might have broken the patch made in the past.

Village maintenance worker Tom Rupp gave council members a chronological account of the steps the village has taken to resolve the issue.

Speaking at the May 22 council meeting, Rupp said the latest effort involved an inspection by Randy Layman who owns a septic and drain cleaning business. He found good flow and no blockage in the sewer line.

Layman said he could run a camera through the lines in the Keifer property, but he would have to cut through cast iron pipe. He gave some recommendations to the Keifers, Rupp said, but he does not believe the problem is the responsibility of the village.

Rupp said that records showed the line suggested by the former owner was not patched. Instead, the T in the line was replaced and no leak was found in the area.

WORKERS–Six residents were hired for part-time work, as needed. Dean Myers, Rod Sommers and Tom Clemenson were hired as utility workers. Nathan Lucas, Mat Johnson and Ken Drohan were hired as parks and recreational workers.

DONATIONS—Verl and Pat Morningstar from Verl’s Saw Shop donated flowers for downtown landscaping. Rod and Suzie Sommers are mowing and doing other maintenance work at Hatcher Park. Edith Clemenson planted flowers at the park.

Jason Simon and Brenda Metz donated paint for the village council chamber project. A window needs to be installed before the work is completed. Mason, Liz and Gabe Maginn donated time to assist with the spring cleanup. Five Dumpsters were filled that day.

GRANTS—Village administrator Amy Metz attended “Grantsmanship 101” at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. She later met with the library’s grant specialist.

 

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