Fayette village council 2.18

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Excessive water pumping has Fayette village workers attempting to track down a leak once again.

Water usage in the village increased unexpectedly over the Feb. 7-8 weekend, with a steady increase of about 30,000 gallons a day.

Increases in the past have been smaller, Metz said, and leaks have been tracked down. All but one of the leaks discovered so far occurred on private property.

Village workers continue to monitor the situation and Aqua-Line leak detective service from Findlay was to be contacted if leaks were not tracked down.

PERSONNEL—Following a closed session, Chris Garcia was hired as a full-time police officer, a move that will save the village $5,664.

A full-time officer is able to dedicate more time to police work, chief Jason Simon noted in a comparison of part-time vs. full-time. The village will receive better coverage, he said, costs for training and ammunition will decrease.

Simon noted that 206.5 hours of overtime was accrued in 2008.

Council approved spending between $3,000 and $5,000 for a park director and between $1,000 and $2,000 for a concessions worker.

The park board will recommend people to fill the two positions.

SOFTENER—Budget cuts approved in December called for a reduction in the amount of water softener salt used. A study of the softening system was ordered, but was later put on hold until a part arrived for the system.

Once it is installed, the study will get underway.

SEWAGE—Metz will meet next week to review the Ohio Public Works Commission loan program for phase one of the long term control plan for sewer system upgrades, as ordered by the Ohio EPA.

Metz also met with Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) to begin the application process for USDA funding for later phases of the sewer project. That process could take up to six months, she said.

To take part in federal economic stimulus projects, Metz said, “shovel-ready” proposals are needed. Fayette is not at that stage, she said, but if money becomes available for design work, the village will be ready to go.

Metz intends to have the village listed on as many nominating forms as possible.

TREES—The village tree commission met Feb. 10 with Stephanie Miller, regional urban forester with the Ohio DNR. Miller will assist the commission May 22 in creating a hazard inventory to create a priority list for trimming and cutting trees.

A fifth member of the commission is needed to join Metz, Jason Simon, Eugene Rosinski and Dennis Canfield.

SALT—About 62 tons of road salt have been used this season so far and 44 more tons have yet to be delivered.

CONTRACTS—Contracts for solicitor and engineering work expire this year. Metz said council will examine its options for new contracts.

STREETS—Metz is in the process of reviewing needs for street repairs and she’s also looking at funding possibilities. The major concern for 2009 is Maple Street.

RATES—A review of area water and sewer rates showed that Pioneer charges rates similar to Fayette, while Lyons and Delta charge higher rates.

Council has discussed in the past that the current rates charged do not cover the cost of operating the system.

PARK—Council approved an agreement with the school district for the use of athletic facilities. The school will continue to pay the village $3,000 annually. No outdoor athletic facilities are available at the new school.

CEMETERY—Payment was received from the Juvenile Division of the Ohio Justice Department for vandalism at the cemetery.

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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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