Fayette village council 2011.08.11

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette village council received some good news about its sewer system at the July 27 meeting. An inspection of the main interceptor line that collects sewage from smaller lines around the village shows the line are in very good shape.

Several sewer lines have been cleaned and inspected recently. Work on the interceptor continues, and progress is slow due to debris in the line.

 CamTech, the company handling the project, said the concrete interceptor is about half full of debris. Typically, the company can clean from 2,000 to 2,500 feet of line in a day. Only about 200 feet a day can be cleaned in Fayette.

“The good news is that it’s in really good shape,” Metz said. “It’s a very good line.”

LIFT STATION—The NW Fulton Street Lift Station project is expected to begin this month. Letters to residents living in the area were sent last week.

The project will add a lift station to an existing gravity sewer line in an area near TRW. A grant will cover 48 percent of the $111,000 project. The remaining $56,610 will be borrowed and paid over a 20-year period.

LTCP—Metz will seek federal funding again this year for the long term control plan (LTCP)—the large $7.4 million project to complete replacement of the sewer lines in town that combine storm water with septic sewage.

Preliminary construction drawings will be produced this month, but construction is contingent on funding.

The price tag includes tying the Camp Palmer sewer line into the village system, but village residents will not pay for that portion of the project.

NYCE DRIVE—Council heard the first reading of a revised resolution regarding the dedication of land from Fayette Industrial Properties for 3.8 acres of property to extend a municipal road between Railroad and Park streets, and to be named Nyce Drive.

A previous resolution included an incorrect property description.

GOLF CARTS—Council accepted the final reading of an ordinance regulating the operation of golf carts on village streets. Carts are not allowed on state roads, however, they are allowed to cross over state roads.

Councilor Brubaker voted against the ordinance.

Village solicitor Tom Thompson explained that golf carts must conform to state motor vehicle laws if operated on streets. It’s better for the village to have an ordinance in place, he said, rather than ignore the issue.

SIDEWALKS—Metz said that 63 percent of the sidewalks targeted for replacement or repair have been completed. That does not include property owners who were given additional time to complete work. Fayette Street work should be completed by the end of August.

A $50,000 grant from First Energy was placed in the sidewalk repair fund.

HIRE—Council hired Eric Makula as a part-time, on-call employee.

MOWER—Council approved the purchase of a Husqvarna MZ6128ZT lawn mower from the Saw Shop, at a cost of $4,000.

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