Fayette village council.2 2011.10.05

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

At least two Fayette residents are looking for slower speeds on Main Street rather than an increase.

A proposal to change the speed limit was discussed at the Sept. 14 committee of the whole meeting. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) used a formula to suggest increasing speed from 35 to 40 miles an hour on Main and S. Fayette streets.

However, the change would not be made without council’s approval.

Letters from Jason Ferguson and Don Stiriz both suggested lowering the speed on Main Street rather than raising it.

“When ODOT came in with their evaluation,” said chief of police Jason Simon, “we were trying to lower it in the first place.”

He urged residents to write to ODOT if they hope to have the limit lowered.

“The more that complain to ODOT, the more likely it’s going to be lowered,” he said. 

Letters should be sent to Mike Stormer, 317 E. Poe Rd., Bowling Green OH 43402.

If council doesn’t approve ODOT’s suggestion, the speed limits will remain the same. To have them lowered, residents will have to write and express their concern.

DOG PROBLEM—Property owner Bob Becker made a return visit to a council meeting to talk about a continuing problem with dog feces in his yard.

Becker said he never had a problem until his neighbor moved in a few years ago.

“I know whose dog it is,” Becker said about the mess in his yard.

Chief Simon said his department is aware of the problem and has seen the dogs running free in the yard where they live, which is legal, but the dogs have not been observed off their property. He’s spoken to the owner in the past about Becker’s complaints.

“Unless we catch them in the act and we know definitely whose dog it is, I don’t really have much to write a citation on,” Simon said.

He said the department received 15 loose dog reports during the past month.

BRUSH—Curbside brush removal throughout the village got underway Monday and will continue through Oct. 21. Leaf pickup will begin Oct. 31.

RETIREMENT—Council voted to accept the resignation of village worker Tom Rupp, effective Jan. 30, 2012.

SEWER WORK—Council approved additional spending of $37,000 for sewer line cleaning. CamTech, the company handling the project, requested additional money because the lines were filled with much more sediment and debris than expected.

POLICE—Council voted to allow police officers to function as part-time Class A village employees to handle snow plowing. The pay rate is $10 an hour.

An officer would be allowed to plow snow overnight when needed, for example, to avoid calling in a regular employee for overtime work.

GAMBLE ROAD—The projected start of the Gamble Road widening work is now in mid-October, pending additional weather delays. Village workers will move one catch basin before the work begins now that a 22-foot width was approved by council.

HALLOWEEN—Trick or Treat hours were established from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
  • 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.
  • Front.rover
    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.
  • Front.geese
    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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