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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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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