Fayette village council 2012.09.19

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette has a new part-time police officer on duty to help fill the depleted ranks.

Alanna Langenderfer of Wauseon was introduced by police chief Jason Simon and sworn into office at a special council meeting Sept. 12. 

Several part-time officers have obtained full-time jobs with other agencies recently and officer Chris Garcia will be off on medical leave. That situation will open up a lot of overtime hours, Chief Simon said, because two officers still have vacation time coming this year.

Councilor Dave Wheeler asked Simon about changing police coverage hours. Simon said he’s reviewed when most crimes occur and the department is already covering those times. He also noted that on-duty hours are purposely varied.

During the regular committee-of-the-whole meeting, village fiscal officer Lisa Zuver told council members that Nextel is urging the village to change its service to Sprint. Councilor Julia Ruger suggested comparing prices and service with Verizon before a decision is made.

Zuver said she would like to drop the village credit card with Huntington bank and switch to Sam’s Club for a cheaper rate.

MAINTENANCE—In his final maintenance foreman report before starting a new job with the county, Tom Clemensen said that a water plant inspection by the EPA went well. Operations overall were viewed as good.

The Public Works committee will recommend to council Sept. 26 to replace Clemensen with village worker Matt Moats.

Moats’ current position will not be replaced, although next year’s budget will include funding for the position in case additional help is needed. Moats agreed that this would be a good approach.

Other village workers include Dean Myers, a part-time employee; Jeff Merillat, a contract employee; and Tom Rupp, a contract employee and water plant superintendent.

BRUSH—Brush collection in October—beginning the first and fourth Mondays of the month—will be the final ones for the year. Residents can haul brush on their own anytime to the collection site near the water tower.

Leaf collection is scheduled Nov. 5-23.

CSO—Bid specifications are expected to be released Sept. 24 for the combined sewer overflow project and opened on Oct. 23. Three contracts will be needed for the project.

Village administrator Steve Blue said several easements from property owners are still needed for work on the project. He’s heard reports of confusion on the matter, such as a fear that people are being asked to give up the rights to their property.

Actually, he said, the easement only grants the right for construction and maintenance specific to the sewer project, like the easement the village has in front of houses from the street to the sidewalk.

HALLOWEEN—Trick-or-treat hours are scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.

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