Fayette council 1.28

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette now has a third generation village council member with the appointment of Julia Ruger.julia.ruger.jpg

Four residents expressed interest in filling the council seat made vacant when Craig Rower was chosen to serve as council president pro tempore. In that capacity, Rower serves as acting mayor until the November election.

Ruger, Rodney Kessler and Mat Johnson each spoke to council Thursday about filling the position. Victor Molina also expressed interest in the role, but told council that he would withdraw his name since there were already three good candidates to consider.

Council members voted 4-1 to put Ruger into office until the November election.

She told council members that she is active with the Fayette PTO and the Fayette Athletic Boosters and has business experience.

Ruger’s father, Gary Rice, and grandfather, Otto Rice, both served as council members in the past.

SNOW REMOVAL—Police chief Jason Simon warned residents earlier in the month that he would write citations to property owners who failed to clear sidewalks of snow.

That warning resulted in a large amount of paperwork.

Chief Simon told council that he drove around the village Jan. 20 and found 93 residences and businesses in violation.

As of Thursday, he had delivered more than 50 violation notices and planned to have the remainder delivered by Friday. Three notices were sent via registered mail to absentee property owners.

From the first batch of warning letters, only one property owner refused to comply, Simon said.

Simon said the village office received several calls about the snow removal ordinance that became law in 1990.

He said the ordinance isn’t specific about the amount of snow or ice accumulation before a warning letter is sent. In general, he said that residents should be able to walk on a sidewalk without getting snow in their shoes. It’s not necessary to clear snow down to a bare sidewalk.

Simon said he gave residents some extra time to clear walks due to the recent cold temperatures.

TREES—Volunteers are still needed to serve on the village tree commission. Anyone interested should contact village hall.

Members are considering an Arbor Day observance and Eugene Rosinsky intends to present a class in trimming.

ZONING—At the Jan. 20 Zoning Board meeting, village administrator Amy Metz gave members Dan Markley and Jim Bacon an update on the damaged building next to the village hall. A portion of the back wall collapsed.

Metz explained that since it’s a commercial building, the problem is not within the jurisdiction of the village. Instead, state inspectors are involved.

Property owner Don Stiriz has shown Metz blueprints and spoke about plans to repair the building.

The village solicitor and insurer advised Metz to obtain proof of insurance from Stiriz since the building is connected to the village hall.

In addition, a letter was sent to Stiriz calling for a more substantial barrier in the back of the building. Stiriz has until Jan. 30 to comply. Caution tape was stretched across the back when the building started bowing outward several months ago. The barrier request was made by a Fulton County Health Center physician.

CREDIT—Due to an increase in credit card charges from Bank of America, council’s finance committee advised fiscal officer Lisa Zuver to obtain a card from a different bank.

Zuver said she inquired at Huntington, but was required to report her income and Social Security number. She chose Farmers & Merchants instead.

SKATE PARK—Finance committee members discussed liability and insurance rates for a skateboard park.

AUDIENCE—About 25 people were in the audience Thursday, but no one signed up to speak at the meeting.

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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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