Fayette village council 04.28.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

One-hundred and fifteen Fayette property owners will soon be hearing from the village hall regarding their sidewalk. That’s how many non-conforming walks were found during a recent inspection.

Council’s Public Safety committee, along with the police chief, mayor and two citizens walked the length of Fayette and Main streets on April 5 to inspect walks.

Non-conforming problems could include features such as:

• the misalignment of slabs where one section is more than an inch higher than another;

• gaps between slabs of more than an inch;

• cracked slabs that are fragmented into four or more sections, with gaps greater than an inch;

• and pitted slabs that show a depth greater than an inch.

A copy of the complete sidewalk ordinance can be viewed at the village hall.

Property owners will have 60 days to repair walks after letters are mailed.

Council intends to focus on sidewalks in a different quadrant of the village in each of the next four years.

FEES—Council members heard the first reading of an ordinance to increase tap-in fees and meter costs.

The existing tap-in fee is $150 for joining the sewer and water systems. The proposed fee would increase to a minimum of $750 for a sewer tap-in and $250 for a water line tap-in.

LOAN—Council approved an ordinance to borrow $19,000 for the purchase of a new police vehicle.

AQUIFER—The U.S. EPA denied a request by the Fayette village administrator for a public hearing in Fulton County regarding the proposed sole source aquifer designation for the Michindoh Aquifer. A hearing took place in Bryan in January.

Village council submitted a letter to the EPA stating its opposition to the proposal.

LEAKS—Metz reported that an unusually high number of water line leaks were discovered on private property. If a resident suspects a leak, Metz suggests turning off water faucets in the house and watching the dial on the meter for movement.

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