Fayette council meeting 9.4

Written by David Green.

Fayette has had a ordinance in the book requiring fences around swimming pools, but the ordinance lacked a good definition of what constitutes a pool.

Council members voted 4-2 Aug. 28 to require fences around any pool capable of holding water of a depth of 18 inches or more. Enclosing fences must be no less than five feet in height.

At the Governmental Affairs committee meeting, councilors talked about giving warnings to allow property owners sufficient time to install a fence before a fine would be levied.

Jerry Gonzales and Craig Rower voted against the measure.

“I have trouble telling anyone what to do with their pool other than to keep it off someone else’s property,” Gonzales said.

Village administrator Amy Metz asked the value of a child’s life if one should happen to drown in a neighborhood pool.

“We need to look out for the community,” she said.

Gonzales said that a property owner will be liable whether or not a fence is in place. Common sense should be used, he said, rather than dictating property use.

Rower said the existing ordinance requiring a fence couldn’t be enforced for a corner lot since a fence that tall wouldn’t be allowed.

Gonzales joined Rower in opposing the ordinance revision and said the ordinance should be repealed.

TAX FUNDS—Fayette will receive $64,000 through the Local Government Revenue Assistance fund—money distributed to counties and further divided among various government units.

Gonzales voted against accepting the funds as he questioned how the money is apportioned. Metz has a list of what each community is receiving and the percentage of funds given to each, but she said there is no indication of how the determination is made.

Councilor Ruth Marlatt took Gonzales’s lead and suggested that Metz seek information on how funding decisions are made.

TURBINES—Council voted unanimously to adopt zoning regulations for the placement of wind turbines. The regulations were written by the Fulton County Regional Planning Commission.

Council put the regulations in place because Fayette Local School District is pursuing funding for a wind turbine.

TIME WARNER—Council approved a release agreement for property owned by Time Warner inside a fenced-in area.

The agreement calls for the village to take control of the property and for Time Warner to relinquish items on the property. The village will remove the items at no cost.

In addition, Time Warner will remove the antenna from the water tower since it is no longer used.

CODE BOOK—Council approved a new code book that was revised and reorganized. The ordinances will be copied onto CDs, Metz said, and she hopes they will become available on the village website.

FLAGS—A letter was read from village resident Dorothy Delphous urging residents and business owners to fly a flag on Sept. 11.

DONATION—Council accepted a $2,000 donation from the Royal Bullthistle Festival committee for placement in the swimming pool fund.

The committee approved $1,200 and the remaining $800 came from proceeds from the festival car show organized by Jerry Schmidt.

PARKING—The Government Affairs committee discussed increasing parking fines for automobiles to $25 and to $50 for semi-trailers.

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