Fayette village council 2012.04.18

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s baseball diamond might be in line for some rehabilitation on the infield.

Parks director Nick Ramos told village council members April 11 that the park board is investigating a contract to have DuraEdge material placed on the diamond. An estimate was put at $6,700, Ramos said, noting that the school would be paying $3,500 for its annual maintenance agreement.

Ramos said the upper layer of the existing field would be removed before a layer of DuraEdge mix is applied and compacted. 

The material improves drainage and requires only a broom drag for maintenance.

Former park director Scott Wagner was also at the meeting and said the summer league is losing teams and he thinks the field conditions are a factor. The infield is often muddy in wet weather and extremely hard and dusty in wet weather.

Wagner told council that additional maintenance is needed at the park, including more mowing.

“You’ve got to make it look nice down there,” he said. 

Ramos said the park board is investigating mesh advertising signs for the park fence. The light-weight material would be easier to erect.

BRUSH—Brush piles from recent tree trimming should be disappearing this week with the arrival of the brush chipper.

LAGOONS—The maintenance report furnished by interim village administrator Tom Clemensen mentioned violations related to the sewage treatment system. A discharge permit will not be issued by the Ohio EPA until the problems are corrected.

Violations include the need to permanently plug combined sewer outlets, creation and use of a maintenance log, and submission of progress reports.

POTHOLES—The filling of potholes is underway, Clemensen said, and additional supplies need to be bought, including Dura-Patch for the larger holes.

SIGNS—Police chief Jason Simon told council that many of the village street signs need attention to make them compatible with state law. Some are lacking reflective material and some aren’t far enough off the ground.

BLEACHERS—Boy Scout and Eagle Scout candidate Joe Stough told council this his bleacher replacement project was scaled back to include only one set of bleachers. He’s now only $300 short of funding the project and expects completion by the end of may.

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