Fayette village council 2011.08.24

Written by David Green.

A Fayette council committee will choose from among seven applicants to replace Scott Wagner who started a new job this week with the City of Defiance wastewater treatment plant.

Wagner served as head of Fayette’s streets, grounds and parks, but the new position will also include supervision of utilities. Currently the utility director is a separate position, but due to an impending retirement, the positions will be combined.

“We have a lot of good applicants,” village administrator Amy Metz said. “I’m impressed with the level of experience.”

She intends to have the new person in place by the middle of September.

GAMBLE ROAD—The start date of the Gamble Road project is still unknown, Metz said. Plans originally called for the road widening to be completed by the start of school this week.

Gerkin Paving is handling several road projects in the county this summer, Metz said. The company started in the southeast portion of the county and is working its way toward Fayette.

Metz wanted the work completed before the start of school for two reasons. The existing road is in bad shape and too narrow for heavy school traffic.

Also, construction will make school traffic difficult, although Gerkin intends to maintain traffic in one lane during the estimated two-week duration of the project and direct traffic with flagmen.

Village council members talked about creating a one-way traffic flow during construction to keep cars and buses moving rather than waiting for alternating flows of traffic.

The plan would require eastbound traffic to drive to County Road 23 and then head back into town on U.S. 20. It’s a longer distance, but it would prevent a bottleneck in front of the school, councilor Mike Maginn said.

Metz hasn’t yet received an answer from Gerkin on the one-way suggestion.

Metz told council Aug. 10 of a final decision to buy four new streetlights for Gamble Road to fill in some dark areas between the existing lights.

LTCP—Metz said engineer Tim Harmsen will present an update on the long term control plan prior to the next council meeting.

SIDEWALK—Council discussed a situation in which a resident installed a sidewalk without contacting the village office for an inspection.

FIRE—Metz said that spontaneous combustion was suspected at a recent fire in the composting area near the sewage lagoons. Assistance was called from three area departments.

NW FULTON—Water lines were pressure tested last week in the Northwest Fulton Street project.

PLAN—A review of the village comprehensive plan is underway.

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