Fayette council 8.20

Written by David Green.


Fayette village council approved a set of sidewalk specifications Thursday—a step needed in order to apply for grants to aid sidewalk construction.

The ordinance describes policy for the construction, reconstruction, repair and maintenance of sidewalks.

Walks are to be inspected annually by the village administrator or someone appointed for the job. If a complaint is received about a sidewalk, an inspection must be made within 48 hours.

Hazards include misaligned slabs greater than one inch, gaps between slabs greater than an inch, the excessive slope of slab, excessive cracks and pits, and obstructions such as shrubbery and trees that prohibit the use of a sidewalk.

Repair or installation requires a $20 zoning permit that will be refunded if the work passes inspection.

Sidewalks shall be four feet wide and four inches thick. Control joints shall not exceed five feet. Other details are available by reading the ordinance at the village office.

Once a sidewalk is inspected, a property owner will have 60 days to repair a non-compliant walk, either by hiring a contractor on their own or using a third party arranged by the village. If the work is not done within 60 days, the village will have the work done and bill the property owner.

The property owner has the option of paying the cost in a lump sum, requesting payments via water and sewer billing or having the cost placed on the property assessment.

The ordinance also includes an enhancement fee—set by council at $2.50 a quarter for all property—that will be assessed only if funding is received through the Healthy Ohio or Safe Routes to School programs. The fee would contribute to the village’s matching share with the grant programs.

The ordinance also guarantees replacement by the village if a sidewalk is damaged due to maintenance or repair of water or sewer lines or other infrastructure work.

SUPPORT—Letters of support from individuals and organizations are needed for the village’s effort to obtain the Healthy Ohio Community Obesity Prevention Grant. Letters should address how new sidewalks will benefit the village. Information sheets are available at the village office and the library.

WEBSITE—Council voted to have the village website moved to A Mark Above hosting service from Archbold. The annual fee is less than the current service and there’s a possibility of local businesses and organizations adding a web page to the site for a nominal fee.

SEWER/WATER—Councilors gave village administrator Amy Metz permission to apply for funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission for work on West Industrial Parkway. Grants or low-interest loans would total $83,000 and the village would contribute $28,000.

The project includes a new lift station and sewer line to connect to the existing system, plus a parallel water line to better serve the northwest section of the village. The new lines would prepare the area for future development.

FIRE TRUCK—Council approved the sale of the 1974 Ford “tele-squirt” fire truck to Gorham Township at a cost of $7,000.

SPRING CREEK—After consulting with Fulton County Engineer Frank Onweller, council learned that cleaning and dredging of Spring Creek through the village would have to be done at the village’s expense.

PHYSICIAN SEARCH—Three physicians have expressed an interest in serving as family practitioners in Fayette.

LAWN CARE—An amendment to the lawn maintenance ordinance was approved. A sign will be placed in the yard of property owners who are not complying with the maintenance ordinance. The sign must be returned to the village office in good condition or a $500 fine will be assessed.

EAGLE STREET—Metz reported that the final cost of the washout repair on Eagle Street was about $8,500 which is more than $3,000 under the estimated cost.

THANKS—Thanks were expressed to the Bull Thistle Committee members and others involved in helping with a successful festival.

Paul Shaffer noted that Tom Franks spends several hours overseeing the fireworks set-up on festival day before setting up sound equipment for music.

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