DH Holdings to buy old school property in Fayette 03.17.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

When Fayette school accepted a $3.4 million settlement from DH Holdings three years ago this month, the cash came with some stipulations.

All of the buildings on the property were to be demolished, the property would have to remain as an undeveloped green space, and DH would have the first choice of buying the property.

The final condition came with a time limit: DH had one year from the end of demolition to make the purchase. The year ends April 21 and DH made its request to the board of education Monday night.

Board members voted to accept the offer of $1,000 for the property, which includes the parking areas and the strip of land that runs along Normal Grove Park where the preschool building stood.

Camille Ajaka of Philip Services, who serves as the Fayette site coordinator for DH Holdings, explained in a phone interview Tuesday there are no changes planned for the property.

DH Holdings chose to gain control of the property to provide access should the firm decide to take further action in the future. Ownership by the school or village would not give the company the same easy ingress.

Ajaka said his company will continue monitoring the plume of contaminated groundwater to see if there are changes in flow or concentration of pollutants. Changes would determine future action, in conjunction with any decisions made by the Ohio EPA.

Ajaka said the contaminants are still not affecting any residents in the area and there is no health risk.

Around-the-clock filtering of groundwater continues in an operation set up inside the former Fayette Tubular  Products building.

TURBINE—The board voted to award the wind turbine contract to Henning USU of Toledo. Look for additional details on the $1.1 million project in next week’s Observer.

COACHES—The board rescinded the contract with Bruce Miller as baseball coach, then approved a contract for co-coaching with Miller and Nick Ramos.

PERSONNEL—Paternity leave was approved for Cameron Thompson from April 26 to May 28. He will use 25 days of accumulated sick days.

FMLA leaves were approved for Andrea Jacobs from Feb. 2 to March 15, 2010, and for Ruby Leininger from May 15 to June 1, 2010.

FFA—The FFA was given approval to attend the state convention in Columbus April 29-30; to attend a leadership conference in Washington, D.C., June 8-30; and to attend Camp Muskingum June 26-30.

NEGOTIATIONS—The board met in closed session to discuss the teachers’ contract that expires this year.

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
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    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).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    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.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    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.

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