Fayette council 2012.02.22

Written by David Green.

Fayette might be better served by purchasing its own water leak detector rather than pay a company to do the work.

Maintenance supervisor/interim administrator Tom Clemensen suggested that council consider buying its own leak detector as an alternative to hiring Aqua-Line to track down water line leaks.

At the committee of the whole meeting Feb. 8, councilor Rodney Kessler explained the issue in Clemensen’s absence, stating that any visit from Aqua-Line costs a minimum of $518. The village could buy its own unit for $1,274 and possibly reimburse some of the cost by contracting its use to other communities.

The recent leak on Main Street produced no water on the surface and instead leaked directly into a sewer line. Clemensen suspects that another large leak exists.

The device operates by “listening” for the sound of water flowing.

Other items in Clemensen’s report included his efforts to create an updated standard operating procedure for the wastewater system; purchasing safety equipment for the village crew; and an update on a street collapse issue at Main and Lawrence that might become a recurring problem.

Clemensen also mentioned a problem at the sewage lift station near the south end of the trailer park. Pumps are not operating at their full capacity. However, he said, it’s not an issue that would lead to an overflow.

Clemensen explored the possibility of using calcium chloride additive to road salt, but learned it’s not cost effective for the limited amount that Fayette would use. As of Feb. 8, snow removal and salt application was needed only two times this season.

A new box for the one-ton dump truck was ordered and the Public Works committee will review a bid for a new chipper that would cost $18,250 plus $2,000 freight from California.

Clemensen gave an update Feb. 20 at the Public Works committee meeting. He’s recommending a box from Dan’s Truck Repair   of Perrysburg at a cost of $4,995 which is $5 under budget. Most other units cost at least $7,000, he said. Dan’s will install the new box if the old one is first removed.

Clemensen said the brush chipper is a 2004 model that was used by a municipality. The four-cylinder engine enables the unit to handle limbs up to nine inches in circumference—the maximum allowed for placement at the curb by village ordinance.

Clemensen said it’s the best deal he’s found for the low number of hours used. In addition, the unit has a well-known American motor that will be good for servicing needs.

GEOTHERMAL—TRW is seeking a zoning variance to install 10 wells for a geothermal heating system. The wells would be located on the north side of the building and would not be visible once they are installed.

AFFAIRS BOARD—Marlatt told council members she has information for them to read about the operation of a board of public affairs. She suggested that council consider forming a board instead of hiring an administrator.

She made the suggestion because of the village’s financial situation.

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