Fayette village council 2012.05.30

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The Ohio Department of Transportation  (ODOT) is willing to erect directional signs to Fayette’s school, but the money needed to buy the signs will have to come from another source.

Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt told village council members last week that letters were sent to ODOT by the county commissioners, the school and the village urging for signs to be erected, but ODOT responded that it’s not the agency’s responsibility. The letter-writers are seeking signs along US-20 and SR 66—both maintained by ODOT.

Marlatt said the effort was partially instigated by an accident that occurred last winter after visitors to a basketball game missed the turn to take them to the school.

She said it’s difficult to get a sign erected by ODOT, noting that it took at least three years to have a “Fayette” sign put up along U.S.-127.

ODOT needs to approve the area where the sign will appear and the sign must also fit ODOT’s specifications.

The village’s own signs for the school and the cemetery, as well as the handicapped parking signs, cannot be used because they don’t fit ODOT’s specifications, said interim village administrator Tom Clemensen.

Once a sign is approved and in place, ODOT will handle the maintenance, he said. The problem is getting it up in the first place.

Discussion will continue about the cost of signs and how to pay for them.

SURVEY—Additional income surveys are still needed in an effort to prevent a large increase in water bills.

At the committee-of-the-whole meeting May 9, council learned that an income survey collected a couple of years ago could be added to new surveys returned recently.

That changed when Roberta Acosta of the Rural Community Assistance Program discovered that several of the old surveys were completed incorrectly. 

If village income is found to be below a certain level, water rates will increase by $10 a month rather than $30 a month, Mayor Marlatt reported. A rate increase is needed in order to receive certain grants and loans for sewer work.

Only 95 of the confidential surveys were returned during a recent effort and 247 are needed. Marlatt asked council members to divide up the names provided by Acosta and go door-to-door.

Participation in the survey process could save residents money on future water bills, Marlatt said.

“It needs to be done,” she said. “We’ve got to do the best job we can.”

ZONING—Lucy Molitierno was appointed to fill a vacancy on the village zoning board.

TURNPIKE—Council voted to send a letter of opposition to the governor regarding his plan to lease the Ohio Turnpike to a private company.

The letter expresses concerns about the possibility of higher tolls, reduced maintenance and an increase of traffic on parallel roads such as U.S.-20 passing through Fayette. In addition, several local jobs could be lost through the transaction.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.rover
    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
  • Front.geese
    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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