Fayette village council 05.26.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

A complaint by a property owner prompted Fayette village council members to add a clean-up amendment to the ordinance governing animals in town.

Bob Becker, owner of the vacant Gamber estate on N. Fayette Street, told council that a neighbor’s dog comes onto his property and “makes messes” and sometimes chases him around.

“What’s the policy on dogs running at large?” Becker asked. “I’m tired of it. I want something done about it.”

Village administrator Amy Metz said the police have spoken with the dog’s owner before, but she noted there is no ordinance requiring pet owners to clean up after their pets.

Mayor Ruth Marlatt said a committee will discuss amending the ordinance to address the issue.

“I have no problem with an occasional stray,” Becker said, “but when this thing goes on on a daily basis, day in and day out, week in and week out, month in and month out, and it’s not once a day.”

SIDEWALKS—Becker also said that he wouldn’t be able to complete sidewalk repair work within 60 days due to the need for tree removal.

Metz said that bids were to be opened soon for tree removal. Becker’s 60-day period would begin after the stumps are ground down, she said.

Some of his sandstone slab sidewalk might be ground down to remove the uneven edges, said council Mike Maginn.

Council’s goal, Maginn said, is to make sidewalks safe so citizens can walk without tripping.

Metz will seek bids for a contractor to handle sidewalk repair at properties where the owner did not take action. The cost of the work would be added to property taxes.

Metz said Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce meeting that she’s heard some complaints about the sidewalk inspection program, by she’s also received many comments from people who are pleased to have walks repaired.

Many property owners have already taken action on fixing sidewalks, Metz noted.

WATER BILLS—A proposed change in water bill payments would have people pay in advance for usage rather than for the past three months. One month would cover water actually used and the two other months would be estimated.

TRANSFER—Council voted 5-0, with Julia Ruger absent, to approve the transfer of $20,505 to cover shortfalls in various funds. This is money that was already appropriated, explained village financial officer Lisa Zuver.

Council also approved transfers for new spending totaling $26,600.

“This is additional money that has not been appropriated,” Zuver said. “We ran into some costs that were not foreseen. The general fund is a very, very tight fund.”

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