Fayette village council 2012.12.26

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette is still in need of a backup water system operator or else a new primary operator.

Tom Rupp, who retired from the village work crew earlier this year, serves as the water system operator on a contractual basis.

Rupp addressed the village council at the Dec. 19 meeting, stating that he would like to do some traveling in his retirement and he's disappointed that no one was hired to serve in a back-up capacity. In addition to his own predicament—being tied to a job in his retirement—Rupp said the EPA requires a back-up operator and could levy a large fine.

Rupp also stated that the rate he charges the village will increase 25 percent in January.

Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt said that Jeff Merillat recently completed the final class he needed to obtain his water license and a contract can now be established with him.

Rupp said he wouldn't mind if Merillat served as the chief operator and Rupp could become the back-up.

Marlatt said she appreciates Rupp's willingness to help the village.

BACKHOE—Council members followed the advice of village administrator Steve Blue and decided to pay for new backhoe out of current street funds rather than borrow money.

BANKING—Council voted to change from Huntington to First Federal Bank due to changes in fees from Huntington. At a meeting with representatives from Huntington, village chief financial officer Lisa Zuver learned that no exceptions to the new fees could be made.

ROAD WORK—Council approved a contract with Bowsher-Morner for preliminary work on a road widening project near the TRW plant. The cost for soil drilling is $5,270 and the cost for materials testing will run about $22,000.

TRANSFER—Council waived a hearing for the transfer of the Super Valu liquor license from Kaiser's to Amireh Fayette LLC.

STAFF—Council voted to pay tax administrator Dee Lawrence for 30 days upon her retirement, the maximum allowed in the employee handbook.

The resignation of part-time police officer Troy Stewart was accepted after he found full-time employment elsewhere.

Josh Smith was hired as a part-time maintenance worker.

WATER—Mayor Marlatt reported briefly on a meeting with representatives from other county officials about a proposed county water plan. She noted that Delta and Swanton were not included in the county study, but Napoleon was.

She's wondering about the cost of the next phase of the study and also why Fayette would be included in a county-wide system when it already has an ample water supply. Additional details about the commissioners' goal are needed, she said.

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