Mayor Marlatt gives State of Villlage report 02.02.2011

Written by David Green.

“The citizens of the Village of Fayette would probably agree that 2010 was the year of the sidewalks, trees and the arrival of the Dollar General Store and the wind turbine. These were issues that made the most impact.”

That was the beginning the annual State of the Village report from Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt.

Marlatt spoke about the beginning of the sidewalk repair program that will be completed in the spring.

“This left a major impression on our citizens and visitors to the community,” she said, and it came as “no small financial burden on the citizens of the village. However, it was accepted and acted upon with dramatic results that show we do have pride in our Village.”

Marlatt also spoke of the importance of tree replacement following the cutting program. A committee will discuss planting efforts.

Marlatt anticipates additional funding through the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) to improve existing housing.

Marlatt reminded council that the Gamble Road widening project leading to the school will begin June 1. Grants totaling $170,000 will help pay for the project and the remaining $75,000 will be filled by a zero-interest loan.

The West Industrial Parkway Project is expected to begin April 1. A grant of $53,390 will be used along with a $56,610 zero-interest loan.

The Long Term Control Plan for eliminating the combined sanitary sewers was approved by the Ohio EPA. This includes a change from installing storm sewers to sanitary sewers, based on the engineering firm’s recommendation. This change would completely eliminate the threat of sewage overflows. Grants and loans are sought from various funding sources.

Marlatt praised its role in making decisions on behalf of the village and for answering the concerns of citizens.

“Responding to them is not always easy,” she said. “Thought, discussion and weighing all the information is vital to a good decision. You have all made many decisions this year that will affect the Village for years to come.”

Marlatt closed by stating that many challenges remain in the future.

“Perseverance and tenacity are the watchwords of our future,” she said. “Working together toward the common goal of a Fayette better set on a path of accomplishment and stability is the plan.”

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