Morenci city council 2013.02.27

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette village council members are now searching for not just one new village employee but two.

Maintenance coordinator Matt Moats put in a final day with the village on Friday before resigning to work full-time with a trucking business. Moats was working part time with the trucking company, said Fayette village administrator Steve Blue, and decided to concentrate on that job alone.

Moats was offered a salary increase in an effort to continue his employment with the village, but the offer was rejected. Moats was a valuable employee with good mechanical skills, Blue said.

Council members were already discussing the need for a second full-time village worker and now they will be advertising for two people.

At a committee-of-the-whole meeting last week, council discussed changing the job descriptions so that one worker would be in charge of water and sewer—with a license to operate the systems—while the other would focus on streets, grounds and equipment maintenance.

The village crew has put in a lot of overtime work since the sewer construction work got underway, Blue said. Gleason Construction, the sewer contractor, works until 5 p.m. and many of the water main breaks have occurred in the late afternoon.

When a sewer project-related break occurs, a determination must be made of who is responsible for the problem. In some cases a water line was marked and a break occurred; other times a line was not marked correctly.

Blue said that Gleason has now furnished a schedule outlining the company's proposed timeline for the project.

OHIO STREET—The cost of laying a new water line along Ohio Street—an area with frequent breaks—is estimated at $44,000. Blue will submit a proposal to the Ohio EPA in hopes of including that work in the sewer project.

TRW—Blue received preliminary drawings for a project to widen the road at the TRW factory. After a few remaining questions are answered by Arcadis, the village engineering firm, Blue intends to seek bids for that project and the village-wide paving project together. It's possible the work will be done in conjunction with paving for the sewer project, scheduled in late June.

POLICE—Council discussed police chief Jason Simon's request to hire a third full-time police officer to assist Simon and Chris Garcia. Simon has told council in the past that part-time officers are becoming more difficult to find. Some are finding full-time jobs in other communities and they often have other jobs that conflict with Fayette's needs.

Simon spoke with council about the use of prison labor to assist the village crew. In the past, Chief Simon provided transportation for the prisoners, but with the shortage of part-time officers, Simon believes he should remain in the village as much as possible.

WATER POLICY—Blue spoke to council about the need for a written policy relating to water payments and service shut-offs. 

"Dee [Lawrence] was here for a long time and operated on experience," Blue said.

With Lawrence's retirement, Blue and village fiscal officer Lisa Zuver are in charge of water payments and they would like a policy to follow. A policy exists for making late payments, Blue said, but it's not specific enough.

PARK—Council learned that the park board will explore the cost of completely closing in the walking track on Eagle Street to allow dogs to run free in the area. The track is mostly enclosed by a fence, but a few openings exist. If the park board doesn't want to pay for the work, council would have to decide if it's something it wants to address.

SLEDDING—Gleason Construction offered to create and seed a sledding hill with leftover soil from the sewer project. Blue suggested an area for Gleason to consider. A narrow north/south hill could be built just south of the T-ball diamond on the east side of Park Drive. Two small, unused village buildings would have to be demolished, Blue said.

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • 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).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    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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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. 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.

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