Fayette village needs ranked 05.05.2010

Written by David Green.

Fayette village council members, park  and zoning board members, the tree commission and village employees have all had the opportunity to think about the top needs of the community.

Village administrator Amy Metz said council committees will consider the rankings for the needs that pertain to their concerns.

Economic development was listed among the top-ranked needs—attracting new businesses—but no specific ideas were mentioned.

A suggestion dealing with finances calls for council members to remain up to date in understanding finances. Councilors should throughly understand where funds come from and how they’re spent in an effort to “follow the money.”

Several top concerns were related to village parks.

A decision must be made about the future of the swimming pool, said a park board member. Either funds must be generated for repair or the facility should be filled in. Another rater referred to the pool as a mosquito-infested eyesore.

Another park board member called for a mural to be created on the side of the Opera House.

One suggestion calls for additional fund-raisers in order to bring down the cost of Little League registration.

A tree commission member suggested a greater diversity of trees along village streets. A maple disease would wipe out most of the village’s urban forest. Another person suggested obtaining small trees to grow in a designated area for use as a nursery to replace trees when needed.

Another suggestion calls for the removal of the downtown trees. Smaller trees could be planted in concrete structures, with seating surrounding them.

Other top concerns include:

• replacing downtown street lights and poles;

• resurfacing the basketball courts and improving the lighting;

• starting summer art classes;

• fixing or replacing playground equipment;

• continuing efforts to complete the sewer separation project;

• scheduling town clean-up days where residents volunteer to pick up garbage.

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