Fayette village council 7.15.09

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s ordinance regarding fences around swimming pools must be repealed, said a village council member, and he’ll introduce a motion at the next meeting.

Jerry Gonzales said no tickets have been written for violations because the ordinance is not enforceable as written. He said his motion will seek to repeal only the portion of the fence ordinance that pertains to pools.

Since a law is in place that’s not enforced, Gonzales said the village could be found liable in a lawsuit. He said the issue of fencing in a pool should be between a homeowner and the insurance company.

“People will still get into your pool with or without a fence and you’ll still be responsible,” said councilor Julia Ruger.

Village administrator Amy Metz said the issue would first have to go to the zoning board before council voted to repeal.

Village financial officer Lisa Zuver said that fencing around pools may already be a state law.

“If the state has it in place, great,” Gonzales said. “Get it off our backs.”

List the law as being in accord with Ohio Revised Code, he said.

Metz said the intent this year was to notify people of the existing law.

“If it’s our ordinance—and it is because we looked at it years ago—then get rid of it,” Gonzales said.

It leads to selective enforcement, he said.

“The zoning board meets next week. We’ll vote at the next meeting,” he said, “either for something that works or to repeal it.”

COORDINATOR—Gonzales reminded council that the position of maintenance coordinator has been vacant for more than a year and should be filled by the end of this year.

The person chosen will serve as coordinator for the other full-time village maintenance worker.

Gonzales said the position needs to be handled by someone who is part of the  maintenance crew. He said the village administrator can’t fill the role since she isn’t present watching the crew work.

HABITAT—Kristine Clark gave council members an update on the Habitat for Humanity house planned for Fayette, as reported in last week’s Observer.

Clark said construction on the ranch-style home is scheduled to begin Sept. 12 at the corner of S. Gorham and Gamble streets.

Clark said there’s often a perception that a Habitat home is a give-away, but that’s not at all the case. The new home-owners are given a zero percent interest 25-year loan and make monthly payments.

“We had 124 volunteers on our last build,” she said. “We’ll bring a lot of people into the community.”

Certified local contractors are hired for some parts of the construction process, such as heating and plumbing.

LAGOONS—Rip-rap has been spread around the banks of the sewage treatment lagoons and new valves are on order for lagoon number two. The transfer line between the two lagoons needs to be replaced.

LIGHTING—Metz told council she is pursuing a $95,000 grant of federal “stimulus” funds for replacement of lights at the ball fields. Energy efficient lighting would also be installed in the track area and at the tennis courts.

Gonzales voted against the application. He stated his opposition to receiving stimulus funding at a previous meeting.

STOPLIGHT—Police chief Jason Simon told council members that the stoplight is getting expensive to repair. He also said the light is very expensive to operate and that Metz is investigating the availability of more cost-efficient models.

Gonzales stated his opposition to the “silly regulations” of the state highway department. He suggested buying a used stoplight on eBay and installing it overnight.

“Let’s use common sense on this,” he said.

CRUISER—Chief Simon said the 1999 Crown Victoria police cruiser has several failing components and repair costs are adding up. Council should consider replacing the vehicle, he said.

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