Fayette village council.2 2011.10.05

Written 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.

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