Fayette supervisor details maintenance needs 2011.11.09

Written by David Green.


Fayette’s new maintenance supervisor has a large list of chores to attend to in the coming months and he laid out his goals for the village Oct. 12 at the last committee-of-the-whole meeting.

Tom Clemensen first reviewed projects recently completed, then went on to those already underway. He closed by laying out long-term goals that need to be addressed.


POOL—The pool is now filled in and needs to settle over the winter before applying a layer of gravel in the spring for parking. The kiddie pool will be filled with gravel and the patio concrete will be left in place.

A set of bleachers could be placed on the patio, said village administrator Amy Metz, for performances.

Clemensen said some areas of concrete where the pool building stood are in need of mortar and a few electrical lines need to be removed.

Guard rails are needed along the top edge of the hill looking over the ball fields.

INVENTORIES—Clemensen said the old village maintenance barn was cleaned and re-arranged and he intends to complete an inventory of the structure on a rain day.

An inventory of the old concession stand and scoring tower behind the ball diamond shows an array of sports equipment. The list of items was given to the park board.

In progress

KEYS—Clemensen is updating the key system on village property. He said he was given a large ring of keys when he started working for the village and it’s unknown where some of the keys are to be used.

He intends to use Kwikset’s SmartKey system. When the new lock is installed, a tool allows the user to configure the lock to match the Kwikset key. This will reduce the number of keys needed, Clemensen said, and take away the necessity to change locks in the future.

CHIPPER—A new brush chipper similar to the size of the old one would cost more than $23,000. Instead, Clemensen will look for a good used chipper.

“I can’t see a reason to have a new chipper unless we were chipping brush every day all day, but we chip brush maybe once a month.”

A used model would cost between $12,000 and $14,000. Metz cautioned Clemensen to make sure the motor can be serviced locally.

Councilor Mike Maginn suggested checking with local tree-trimming firms for advice about a good make.

BOX—A new steel box for the dump truck is expected to cost between $4,000 and $5,000.

PLOWING—Clemensen reviewed last year’s snow plowing procedures. After discussing them with police chief Jason Simon, he will make any changes if needed.

Long term goals

WATER SYSTEM— Clemensen said his department needs to determine which water lines are leaking. Some portions of the system are quite old and have been repaired many times.

He also plans to determine which water meters need to be replaced. Clemensen said when a meter goes bad, it’s never in favor of the village.

He also wants to determine all unmetered taps, such as at the village office.

SAFETY—Clemensen wants to implement a safety program to benefit village employees. He’s noticed some areas where improvement is needed, including proper safety clothing and equipment, preparation of a job site to keep on-lookers back, and training staff in the proper use of equipment.

“I’m a big believer in safety,” Clemensen said.

MAINTENANCE—He intends to create documentation of maintenance for equipment, water valves, hydrants, CSO units and lift stations.

Clemensen will make documentation on his computer and have it available to the village administrator.

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