Fayette's priority list 01.12.11

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s village council members, along with the help of village employees and others, set priorities for the community last year.

Several of those items are now marked with updates for action this year.

Parks

• Baseball diamond #1: The lava rock warning track will be removed and grass planted.

• Swimming pool: Final closing and demolition was delayed until this year due to time constraints in 2010.

• Resurfacing basketball courts: If funding is available, resurfacing will be completed this year.

• Playground: The “spider dome” will be removed this year and playground equipment from the former Zone School will be installed.

Public Works

• Long Term Control Plan (for sewage overflows): The project changed so that sanitary sewer lines will be replaced rather than storm water lines. Funding possibilities are being investigated.

Beautification

• Spring clean-up: The fall clean-up was called a success and another clean-up is scheduled in May.

• Improve downtown appearance: Revisions to the zoning code are planned in 2011, along with adoption of a building code.

Infrastructure

• Street repairs: No repairs are planned for 2011 due to a lack of funding.

• Sidewalk repair: With the first section of the village completed in 2010, the second section will be addressed this year.

• Repave Fulton Street: Currently planned for 2014.

Economic Development

• Existing efforts will continue. The Chamber of Commerce will be contacted to discuss efforts at attracting new businesses.

Personnel

• Internal communication: An Action Item List will again be used in 2011, updated at the weekly staff meeting.

• Part-time employees: No new employees are expected to be hired in 2011, but free labor through the county youth program will be investigated.

Trees

• The tree commission will work on a five-year replacement plan.

Alternative Energy

• Research will continue on learning and understanding possible alternatives that might benefit the village.

Financial

• Committee of the Whole meetings will be continued in 2011 to promote council’s awareness of village finances.

  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • 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).
  • Front.teacher Leading
    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.
  • Front.poles
    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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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