Fayette OKd for road, sewer grants 05.26.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette got part of what it was after from the Ohio Public Works Commission, but the search for funds continues for a pair of infrastructure projects.

The Small Government fund of the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) approved full funding of the West Industrial Parkway sewer and water project through a grant and a loan. The project includes repaving the road following construction.

The work would replace a gravity sewer line with a lift station and replace a water main. The project would help prepare the area for future industrial development.

The village would receive $53,390 in a grant and $56,610 in a loan for the $110,000 project.

Village administrator Amy Metz said the funding remains in place for two years, but she hopes to succeed in obtaining additional money to allow the project to get underway this year.

The village also has two years to come up with half the cost of widening Gamble Road from S. Fayette Street east to the end of the new school property.

The road measures only 18 feet in width. A project costing $245,000 would increase the width to 21 feet, relocate utility poles and install street lighting.

A grant would furnish $120,041 and a loan would cover the remaining $125,000.

Metz is seeking CDBG funding through the Fulton County Regional Planning office, but she noted that an income survey needs to accompany the request.

Metz thanked Steve Brown from the county regional planning office and Yvonne Beck from Small Government for their assistance.

TRASH—In Metz’s report to council last Tuesday, she noted that nearly 30 households participated in the spring cleanup effort in which a fee was charged for curbside pickup.

BRUSH—Brush collection for chipping continues through Friday. Residents are invited to transport their own brush to the village barn west of Eagle Street at any time.

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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.
  • Accident
    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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