Fayette village council 2012.05.02

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

In a meeting that lasted nearly two and a half hours, Fayette village council met in a pair of closed sessions for 100 minutes and in the open for 47 minutes.

Council first adjourned to a closed session with village solicitor Tom Thompson to discuss possible litigation regarding water resources.

After about six minutes in the open, council met in a much longer closed session for a personnel issue.

After returning to an open meeting, councilors approved a 30 cent pay raise for police officer Josh Rodriguez.

The council meeting started off with a complaint from resident Jerry Gonzales who said he received a violation letter for a non-violation. Gonzales was given a letter by police chief Jason Simon in regard to the appearance of his yard due to the presence of wooden pallets and a large tree trunk that are used for firewood in his outdoor furnace.

Gonzales said that in the past he has taken care of violations when he was made aware of them, but in this case there is no actual violation and he was the only person to receive a letter.

Gonzales directed his complaint to mayor Ruth Marlatt who asked Chief Simon to send a letter. Marlatt explained later that she was responding to a complaint made about the Gonzales property.

Gonzales said that he could sue the village for harassment if he continues to be singled out, and if that doesn’t work, he said, “I’ll handle it in other ways.”

ADMINISTRATOR—Fourteen applications were received for the village administrator job by the deadline Monday. Applications will be opened today (Wednesday) and reviewed by a committee made up of council members David Borer and Julia Ruger, plus Trevor Hibbard, Dennis Richardson and Mayor Marlatt.

POTHOLES—During the annual meeting with the township board regarding Pleasant View Union Cemetery on May 7, council will schedule a special meeting to discuss a mutual agreement with township officials for the repair of potholes on Gamble Road and Industrial Drive.

PROCLAMATION—Mayor Marlatt read two proclamations, one regarding teen drinking (Parents Who Host Lose the Most) and another regarding Motorcycle Awareness Month.

MISC.—Council waived the permit requirement for garage sales during the annual Memorial Day weekend sale event. Council also voted to hire summer help through the Fulton County Youth Works Program and to approve a park use contract with Fayette Local Schools.

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