Fayette village council 2012.02.29

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The thought of Ohio’s 241-mile long turnpike being run by a foreign corporation doesn’t sit well with Fayette village council members.

The governor’s lease proposal doesn’t appear to be popular with other northwest Ohio government units, either, said Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt, after attending a meeting on the issue Feb. 17.

Marlatt met with other area government leaders in Wauseon to learn about Gov. Kasich’s proposal and described the session as interesting and disturbing.

Ed Kinston of Pioneer, a former turnpike commission member, spoke of the importance of the turnpike to the region and noted that few of state’s legislators live near the turnpike. Their interest in a decision to lease the highway would likely focus on the revenue earned rather than the affect of the move to communities along the road.

Marlatt said concern was expressed that the issue, as seen by northern Ohio communities, will not be give the consideration is deserves.

Council members spoke of the poor condition of the Indiana Turnpike that have developed since the highway was leased in 2006 to a consortium from Spain and Australia.

CAR WASH—Eric Johnson, a co-owner of Eagle Car Wash in Fayette, told council that he’s seeking a variance that would allow a private water well on the property rather than paying the village for water. Johnson described the proposal as vital to the survival of the business.

Johnson said he spoke with a representative from the water division of the Ohio EPA in Columbus, but Marlatt said she would also speak with the regional representative in Bowling Green who serves Fayette. The village zoning board would also have to consider the plan.

In informal discussion later, concern was expressed about treating the water through the village sewer system without the ability to meter usage.

SALES—Council approved an ordinance to establish a $100 fee for door-to-door sales in the village. A permit will be issued to allow sales from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a maximum of two days. Organizations would be excluded from the permit fee.

INSURANCE—After a 50-minute closed session, councilors approved an insurance change requested by police chief Jason Simon.

Simon asked to change his insurance plan from family to single employee because his wife’s insurance also covers the family. This would reduce costs more than $9,000 annually, he said.

Simon had requested that half of the savings would go to him and the other half would be used to give pay increases to his officers, but council made no decision about a pay increase.

EQUIPMENT—Council approved the purchase of a new box for the one-ton dump truck at a cost of $4,995 from Dan’s Truck Repair of Perrysburg.

The purchase of a water line leak detector was approved at a cost of $1,212 from Pipe Tools, Inc.

Approval for the purchase of a used brush chipper was tabled pending warranty information. The chipper is for sale by a California company and the $18,250 price includes $2,000 in freight cost. The unit was previously owned by a municipality.

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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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