Fayette village council 10.17.2009

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette village council members voted Thursday to repeal the ordinance requiring fences around swimming pools, but the approved an ordinance amendment to tighten limitations on off-road vehicles on private property.

Only Ruth Marlatt and Mike Maginn voted against the repeal of the fence requirement. Julia Ruger, Jerry Gonzales, Ken Delphous and Paul Shaffer voted for the repeal.

Shaffer explained his voted by saying that even though the ordinance requires a fence five feet in height, a fence could actually be open at the bottom or in poor condition below the required height.

Only Gonzales vote against an amendment to add all-terrain vehicles to an existing ordinance that prohibits the operation of snowmobiles on private and public property without the permission of the property owner.

“We have a problem?” he asked village administrator Amy Metz.

Metz confirmed that there have been complaints of operation on private property, and she added that the police chief recommends the amendment.

It was mentioned that golf carts are legal in the village providing they have lights and turn signals. However, they can’t be operated on private property without permission.

STIMULUS FUNDS—Council voted unanimously to accept a $136,000 subsidy from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help pay for Phase I of the combined sewer overflow project (Long Term Control Plan). The project covered repairs to the lift station and improvements at the sewage lagoons and is now completed.

A $60,728 low-interest loan was included in the deal.

Stimulus funds will be used to address 267 water pollution control projects and 65 drinking water projects in Ohio.

SIDEWALKS—Council approved an application to the Safe Routes to School program that would provide funding for sidewalk repair and installation. The project is estimated to cost $227,600. The village would be required to pay all costs not covered by a grant.

TREES—The decision of which village trees to cut is being made based on an inventory list provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Metz said.

She’s heard questions asked about why certain trees were cut and others were not, and she welcomes citizens to visit village hall to view the DNR list.

LEAF COLLECTION—The Harbor Career Connection has young people available for community service work at no cost to the village. Metz had suggested to the Public Works committee that three youths could work collecting leaves while one village employee drives the truck.

On the first day, only one youngster showed up to work, so Metz decided they shouldn’t be used for leaf pickup since a dependable service can’t be offered.

When Harbor youths do show up to work, she said, they can focus on village property. Gonzales suggested that they could also be used to clear leaves and debris from gutters.

HYDRANTS—Fire department members will color-code hydrants to indicate pressure and flow characteristics.

CRUISER—Mechanical problems continue to grow with the 1999 Crown Victoria police cruiser. Police chief Jason Simon would like to replace the vehicle before repair expenses become high.

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