Fayette village council 10.1

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Although the final approval is yet to come for the Riviera Mobile Court sewer project, Fayette village council members are moving forward with their support.

Council heard the first reading Thursday of a service agreement listed as an addendum to the existing sewage contract with Camp Palmer.

Fulton County Engineer Ziad Musallam expects the project to get underway this fall.

“The funding would not be finalized until the Ohio EPA permit to install is issued,” he said. “We should have the permit within a month and the construction could start anytime afterward.”

A pump house and 2,000-foot forced main will be built to comply with an Ohio EPA directive to either upgrade the system at the court or connect with the village system. The line will serve 15 units at the court and sewage output is not to exceed an average of 15,000 gallons a day.

The court is owned by Clemenson Investments, but the sewer line will be owned by the county because federal CDBG funds can only be used for public projects.

DEMOLITION—Anyone intending to demolish a building in Fayette will now have to first obtain a permit. The ordinance was passed by a 4-0 vote, with council members Craig Rower and Mike Maginn absent.

Permit fees are $30 for an accessory building, $150 for a house and $3 per 100 square feet for a commercial building.

Permit fees will go into the village general fund and help offset costs incurred when village employees are needed to disconnect water and sewer lines and clean a street of demolition debris.

HOUSE—Council members sent a letter to the Fulton County Health Center, owner of the former Nyce residence on Gorham Street, to express their opposition to the proposed demolition of the house for expanded parking at the Fayette Medical Center.

METALS—In light of the nationwide economic crisis, Gonzales suggested buying precious metals and storing them in safety deposit boxes.

“It’s very non-traditional,” he said, “but banks are almost as risky as the stock market.”

He suggested that a council committee should investigate the option.

LEAVES—Leaf pickups are scheduled to begin Oct. 13 and continue every Monday through the first Monday in December, weather permitting.

Scheduled brush collection has stopped for the year, but one additional run might take place in December if weather permits.

Residents are encouraged to take brush to the designated area at the village barn.

LICENSE—No action was taken on a request to send village worker Tom Rupp for training to obtain a water system license. Classes would have cost $570 plus lodging and fuel. With the license, Rupp could have served as a backup operator to Bob Seigneur. Approval was needed quickly in order to register for the course.

“I don’t see the need,” councilor Jerry Gonzales said. “I think it’s a waste of money.”

Gonzales said Rupp already has a license to serve as a sewage treatment system operator. He gets extra pay since he has the license, Gonzales said, but the village gets nothing in return.

If the village were flush with cash, councilor Ruth Marlatt said, it would be good to have a backup. Rather than make rushed decision,  she said, finances should first be checked.

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