Fayette village council 2012.-2.15

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette village council members moved a little closer last week in their effort to hire a village administrator.

Maintenance supervisor Tom Clemensen has served as interim administrator since the resignation of Amy Metz in October.

At the special council meeting Feb. 8, mayor Ruth Marlatt read a few proposed changes to the job description, such as the addition of the phrase “hands-on administrator.” This suggests that the administrator would be expected to help with brush chipping, repairing water line breaks, snowplowing, etc., when needed.

Village fiscal officer Lisa Zuver said that approach probably wouldn’t leave time for grant writing and someone else would have to be hired to do that.

Marlatt pointed out that Roberta Acosta of the Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program helps with water and sewer grants, however, Zuver said, someone will have to gather the information that Acosta needs for applications.

Marlatt also suggested inclusion of obtaining water and wastewater licensing within a three year period. With extra duties, it might take longer than three years, Zuver said.

Marlatt will present an updated job description to council members for a vote at the Feb. 22 meeting. By then, council’s Finance Committee members will have time to meet with Zuver and establish a salary range for the position. 

Council intended to advertise the position by the end of the month, but councilor Diane Brubaker said that because Clemensen is doing a good job as interim, filling the post isn’t urgent.

PARKS—Council hired Nick Ramos as park director at a wage of $5,000 a year, plus benefits of $1,350.

Ramos said the old bleachers were removed through a Boy Scout’s Eagle project. The metal supports were sold for recycling and the wooden planks will be stored for future use.

Old playground equipment should be removed soon and Armstrong Excavating will install new equipment.

RESIGNATION—The resignation of utilities supervisor Bob Seigneur was accepted by council. Tom Rupp, operating as TPR LLC, was hired to handle water testing, as needed. He will be paid an hourly rate.

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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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