Fayette council discusses filling in pool 5.20.09

Written by David Green.

BY DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s community swimming pool won’t be open this summer due to maintenance problems, but it’s not going to be filled in and buried yet.

The Park Board presented village council with a proposal to fill in the pool to alleviate concerns about safety issues. Board members expressed worries that water will collect in the empty pool and could pose a hazard to children who might climb the fence.

“I don’t want to see them fill it in,” said council member Paul Shaffer. “Once it’s filed in, we’ll never get it back.”

Ruth Marlatt agreed, noting that some funds are already in place for repairing the structure.

Depending on how the pool were filled in, hazards might not be addressed, Ken Delphous said. It rocks were used along with sand or fill dirt, the situation could be more dangerous yet.

Interim mayor Craig Rower said that council agreed to a three-year period during which funding sources would be sought for repair or replacement. This summer marks the start of the second year.

Council voted unanimously, with Mike Maginn absent, to delay filling it in until three years had passed.

Councilor Jerry Gonzales added a dose of reality to the hopes for repair.

“That thing’s not going to be fixed,” he said. “Having sat on the park board, I know it’s going to require a new pool.”

ROAD—Village administrator Amy Metz filed an application for CDBG funding to widen Gamble Road from S. Fayette Street to the new school.

BRUSH—After examining labor costs from the previous three years, council’s Finance Committee recommends halting curbside brush pickup. Leaf collection will be evaluated in the fall.

DUMP TRUCK—Council voted to buy a 1997 Navistar dump truck from Gorham Township at a cost of $23,000. The village’s dump truck is requiring many expensive repairs, Gonzales said.

BAD CHECKS—Council heard the first reading of an ordinance that would establish writing checks with insufficient funds as a minor misdemeanor, with a fine not to exceed $150.

Police chief Jason Simon said, to his understanding, an existing ordinance did not get codified in a recent update. The proposed ordinance would adopt state law as a local law.

FLOOD PLAIN—Fulton County Regional Planning Commission director Steve Brown told council that new federal flood plain designations will be released in June.

The new maps can be placed over aerial maps to see where changes are occurring.

SEWER WORK—Bids for the next step in Fayette’s sewer work came in $3,000 below budget, Brown said. Marine Building Corp. of Maumee was the winning bidder.

GROWTH AREA—Brown suggested that council might want to expand its Urban Growth Area on the north side of the village to take advantage of electricity from Midwest Energy Cooperative. In turn, an area on the southwest side might want to be removed.

Any changes would be at council’s discretion, he said.

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