Fayette village council 03.24.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

A familiar face is back at the helm for Fayette’s parks program.

Scott Wagner was hired by council last Tuesday to serve as parks director. The park board will pay 25 percent of his salary, and Wagner is expected to devote about 25 percent of his time to park activities and the remainder to general village needs.

Wagner will document his park hours and it’s understood that certain times of the year will require more time with park business. In emergencies such as a water line break, Wagner would leave his park duties and join the village crew.

Earlier this year Wagner announced he didn’t want to return to the position, but the job was altered so his work would be completed during his regular daytime hours and avoid additional evening work. Wagner said that’s how the job was set up when he was first hired several years ago.

Colin Barnhiser was hired to work as an on-call mower, replacing a person who retired.

CONCESSION STAND—The Parents Support Group will operate the park concession stand and receive $2,000. The group annually raises funds for the sophomore class. Any profits beyond $2,000 will stay with the park board.

The park board initially recommended accepting an offer from Jo Wagner and Virginia White, but the two women rescinded their offer to run the stand once they learned the parent group was interested. The two women made their offer only to make sure the stand was staffed and in operation.

Councilor Julia Ruger stated that the director should be in place at the end of the season rather than wait until mid-March. Administrator Amy Metz apologized for the situation, acknowledging it’s her role to help administratively.

PARKING—Metz expressed her concern about parking near the ball diamonds now that DH Holdings bought the former school property. Metz thinks there’s only one row of parking that’s part of the village property.

She spoke with Camille Ajaka of Philips Services, the firm working on the cleanup of the contaminated factory site. He didn’t yet have an answer to her question about parking.

ALLEY—Council will consider making the alley behind Keifer’s Video store a one-way road. The traffic would flow east to prevent potential traffic and pedestrian hazards.

APPOINTMENTS—Council approved the appointment of Cinda Metcalf to the tree commission and Burt Blue to the zoning board.

POLICE—Council gave its approval to seek a $19,000 loan for the purchase a new Ford Explorer police cruiser to replace the Crown Victoria. There was already $5,500 set aside for a new vehicle and the village received a gift of $500 from the Fulton County United Veterans.

The Explorer is about $3,000 cheaper than a Crown Victoria, said chief Jason Simon, and is easier for loading prisoners. The vehicle also brings a higher resale value.

Council approved re-hiring Adam Berg as a part-time officer to cut down on Troy Stewart’s overtime while officer Chris Garcia is on leave.

BILLS—Metz reminded residents that utility bills may be paid in the village office using a credit or debit card. In addition, residents can fill out a form in the village office if they wish to have payment made automatically from their checking account.

CLOSED—Council met in a closed session for more than an hour to discuss a personnel issue.

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