Fayette 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.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
  • Front.F.school
    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.
  • Front.rover
    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.
  • Front.geese
    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.
  • Front.poles
    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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