Fayette village council 6.18

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

There’s not a lot of grant money out there for municipal projects, said Fulton County regional planning director Steve Brown.

“Funding sources are tight,” Brown told Fayette village council members Thursday, but he did bring some good news to the meeting.

The county commissioners approved Fayette’s request to delay work on the next phase of the long-term sewer project, thereby promising to deliver a $40,000 grant in 2009.

The commissioners initially approved the grant for this year, but accepting it would have required completion of the project before the end of 2008. The delay will give the village all of next year to finish the work.

The total cost of the project is $173,000.

Brown told council the funding cycle for state Issue II grants is changing to twice a year. He expects the county might receive a dozen or more rather than the seven obtained last year.

Grants and loans through Issue 2 can be very helpful to a community—up to $325,000 at zero interest for 20 years—but many communities are getting smart, he said, by increasing the local share of a project in hopes of being chosen for funding. Many applications offer a 50/50 or 40/60 share of the cost.

Funding in the Local Transportation Improvement Program (LTIP) is growing, Brown said, but this money is generally given for road projects.

Brown said he isn’t sure what’s ahead for the Block Grant program and it might even be eliminated.

Brown said the village’s funding request for the West Industrial Parkway sewer project was rejected. He suggested seeking Issue 2 money.

CURB CUT—Council voted 3-2 in favor of paying for a curb cut for property on S. Fayette Street that didn’t get taken care of when the new curb was poured.

Craig Rower and Mike Maginn were opposed and Ruth Marlatt was absent. Council approved paying no more than $500 for the project.

Councilor Jerry Gonzales said the letter sent to property owners indicated that all existing drives would be opened in the new curbing.

Councilor Mike Maginn noted that no driveway is visible. If the property owners are that concerned about the curb cut, he said, they should put a driveway in.

Council members Rower and Paul Shaffer put the blame on the engineering firm, but Gonzales said there was a chain of events leading to the problem. A photo of the property was not taken before the project began—the only property missed—the homeowner didn’t specify the drive and the engineer didn’t notice it.

SIDEWALKS—Village administrator Amy Metz will compile a list of sidewalks that need repairing due to water line work. The village will cover the cost of repairs.

TREES—Gonzales noted that sufficient funding won’t be available to cover all the trees in need of cutting. He suggested that the village tree committee could create a priority list, with those trees threatening to damage homes placed at the top of the list.

Care for trees growing in the park is the responsibility of the park board.

CONCRETE—Additional concrete without re-rod is needed for riprap at the sewage lagoons.

MOWER—A used Great Dane mower purchased last year from Verl’s is broken and repair parts are no longer made. A new unit would cost $5,000 and the Finance committee determined that funding is not available.

TRASH—The village is keeping track of diesel fuel prices. If A.R.S., the trash hauler, requests a price increase due to fuel costs, a record of fuel costs will be on hand.

PARKING—The fine for parking violations is still set at $5. The Governmental Affairs committee suggests reviewing the existing ordinance.

CHAMBERS—Balmer Construction, the firm hired to do work on the council chambers, offered to provide free labor to install metal door trim if the village bought the materials at a cost of $289. Council accepted the offer.

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