Fayette village council 2009.09.30

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Higher water and sewer rates could be on the horizon for Fayette residents as concern continues about paying for the services provided.

The issue was discussed in June, but a vote by acting mayor Craig Rower broke a tie and killed a motion to increase rates.

The village utility fund went into the red in 2008 and money from the enhancement fund—designated for maintenance and replacement costs—has been used to pay for operation of the water and sewer system.

Councilors heard the first reading Thursday of another proposal to bump up the rates. The issue is expected to be discussed at the Oct. 8 meeting and voted on at the Oct. 22 meeting.

Village administrator Amy Metz will be available next week to hear questions and concerns about the increase. Because of her other duties, she asks citizens to make an appointment by calling 237-2116.

The rate recommended by council’s Finance Committee calls for a monthly increase, for example, of $2.89 for a residence using 7,000 gallons of water and $3.94 for 10,000 gallons.

The rate increase would allow the water and sewer services to operate on a break-even status and not accumulate funds for future needs.

If accepted by council, the new rates would take effect Jan. 1, 2010.

Comments about the rates will be collected and given to council members to review for the Oct. 8 meeting.

HALLOWEEN—Trick-or-treating is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. An extra hour was added due to requests from some residents.

POOL FENCE—Metz read a letter from Fayette resident Jacob Barnes who is employed as the zoning enforcement administrator for Springfield Township.

Barnes said that drowning is the second leading cause of death for children and he was surprised to read that council is considering removing the ordinance calling for fences around swimming pools.

Why have fencing around an electrical substation, he asked? Why not just post a sign that says “Keep out”?

Barnes said he doesn’t see the fence ordinance as an infringement of personal rights, but rather for the protection of village residents.

DONATION—Council acknowledged the receipt of a donation of $5,000 for capital projects from Frank and Nancy Roach.

LEAVES—Metz reminded residents that  village workers will not collect loose leaves this fall. The crew will pick up leaf bags—available for sale at the village office—every other Monday. Residents can transport leaves themselves to an area near the village barn.

The decision to curtail leaf collection was made due to village financial problems.

SUPPORT—Rep. Robert Latta wrote letters of support to the USDA Rural Development agency regarding Fayette’s efforts to obtain grants for sewer system upgrades.

He also wrote to the Ohio EPA asking for completion of the combined sewer overflow project in 2017 rather than 2013.

He noted the high rate of unemployment (15 percent), the high rate of home vacancy (11 percent) and incidence of rental units in the village (40 percent).

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.rover
    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
  • Front.geese
    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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