Fayette council to seek funding 9.2.09

Written by David Green.

Fayette will seek state funding for two road projects and some sewer work through the Ohio Public Works Commission Issue II program.

Loans for the three projects total about $375,000.

Village administrator Amy Metz is hoping for grant money, but zero-interest loans would be considered.

“With the limited funds the village has, aren’t we spreading ourselves too thin?” asked council member Jerry Gonzales.

He questioned whether road projects should be started when so much work remains to be done with the sewer system.

Sewer work would remain the top priority, said councilor Ruth Marlatt.

Metz explained that money won’t be distributed until mid-2010. If the village were to receive funding, she said, a decision could be made at that time about whether or not to accept it, based on financial conditions. She told council that she wants to appear on funding lists to get the word out that the village is seeking financial help.

Council unanimously approved authorization to seek grants or low-interest loans for miscellaneous paving projects ($137,400) and for sewage lift station work  on North Fulton Street ($111,000).

Council also approved an application for widening Gamble Road from State Route 66 east to the end of the school property, but that decision didn’t come without some discussion.

Councilor Mike Maginn said the village was told that no road work would be necessary with the new school. He wondered if the situation is bad enough to necessitate the work.

Village worker Tom Rupp said the road is in bad shape and getting worse. He said it’s noticeably better east of the school property where traffic is lighter.

Councilor Julia Ruger commented on the narrowness of the road and said that turning is very tight at the intersection with State Route 66.

“As a bus driver, I think it’s a very good proposal to widen that road,” said audience member Rodney Kessler.

Council member Paul Shaffer repeated the claim that the village was told no widening would be necessary and Metz wondered where that information came from.

A representative from the Ohio State Highway Patrol measured the road and said it was fine, said Marlatt.

“We shouldn’t be burdened,” Gonzales said. “I’m not for widening it unless you have other entities pay for it.”

Metz said she would want financial help from the township and the school district.

ATVs—Council heard the first reading of an amendment to add ATVs and other four-wheeled vehicles to an ordinance prohibiting the use of snowmobiles on public and private property without permission.

MEETING—The next regularly scheduled council will fall during Fulton Country Fair week. Councilors voted to forego that meeting and meet only once in September, on the 24th.

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