Fayette council 08.25.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette residents will see a pair of infrastructure projects get underway next summer. The village solicitor approved contracts for the Northwest Fulton Street sewer project and the Gamble Road widening project leading to the school.

Village administrator Amy Metz told council members last week that engineering and design work is scheduled to begin in October for the sewer work. Bids will be sought in January and construction is expected to get underway in April.

Engineering work is scheduled next February for the road project and bids will be sought in April. Construction is scheduled for the summer of 2011 after school is over for the year.

Right-of-way acquisition isn’t yet scheduled for either project and council members remain undecided on an engineering firm to hire. The selection committee is deadlocked between which one of two firms to choose.

The committee will meet again Aug. 31, with hopes of presenting a recommendation to council at a committee-of-the-whole meeting Sept. 2.

Homenbrink Excavating will donate topsoil from the Dollar General site for use in the Gamble Road project.

SIDEWALKS—Police chief Jason Simon was scheduled to walk Main and Gorham streets this week to determine which sidewalks are still in need of repair or replacement. He will then compute an approximate cost, which the village will pay initially and then assess property owners on their tax bills.

Councilor Tom Molitierno asked if the village has the funds to pay for the work. Metz said carryover money from other departments will be used, such as the $90,000 available in the street fund.

Simon said a typical 66-foot walk will cost about $800 to replace, but Metz added that several walks are only in need of partial repair. In addition, she said, some residents want the village to purchase the concrete, but they will provide their own labor.

DISPOSAL—Nearly 80 boxes of old village records have been approved for disposal and will be run through the wood chipper, which the state accepts as a proper method of shredding. The village will take a quantity of school records for disposal at no charge.

HALLOWEEN—Councilors voted to observe Halloween from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

CAUTION—Councilor Mike Maginn urged residents to lock their vehicles and homes because “things are happening around town.”

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