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.