By DAVID GREEN
Fayette is expected to be able to begin requesting funds for the sewer separation project this week pending final approval of the bid package by the Ohio EPA and the Ohio Water Development Authority.
Funds from grants the village has received will be used initially to pay the legal fees incurred in obtaining easements and to pay a fee to the Rural Community Assistance Program for its role in administering the sewer project.
Village administrator Steve Blue told council members last week that the first step in the project is a pre-construction meeting for the village engineering firm, Arcadis, to review bid specs with contractors.
Council members discussed last month the possibility of replacing old water lines on Ohio Street prior to the sewer construction. Antiquated lines in that area break frequently and digging for the sewer work could further damage the line. Blue said an attempt will be made to have the water line work part of the sewer project. Maintenance coordinator Matt Moats estimates between $20,000 and $30,000 worth of materials will be needed. If the job can't become part of the sewer project, council will have to decide if village workers should tackle the work. The ground is very sandy in that area, Blue said, and the work could be dangerous.
BACKHOE—Council voted unanimously to purchase a new backhoe through a state purchase plan and pay up to $6,000 for a down payment. Council will decide later whether to borrow money for the $58,000 purchase or to pay for the unit out of the street fund. Alternately, a portion could be paid and the remainder borrowed.
The money will come from a fund with limited uses. Village CFO Lisa Zuver said it can only be used for street-related projects and equipment.
"Any time you have money in special funds, use it," advised village solicitor Tom Thompson.
PAY—Council met in a closed session for nearly 90 minutes, calling in Zuver on three occasions, police chief Jason Simon once, and mayor Ruth Marlatt once. When they returned to the regular meeting, counselors voted to approve a pay increase for police officers effective Jan. 1. Details will be given at the Dec. 19 meeting.
Council also voted 6-0 in favor of a vote of confidence for Zuver.
TRUCK—Council voted to approve an increase in the zoning ordinance fee schedule and to sell the 1984 dump truck.
PLANNER—Fulton County regional planning director Steve Brown attended his final meeting last month before his resignation took effect. David Wright of Ayersville is expected to take his place.
MEETING—Fayette's next council meeting is scheduled Dec. 19. There will be no committee-of-the-whole meeting this month.