Fayette council 2013.05.30

Written by David Green.

The Ohio EPA’s Surface Water Division conducted its annual inspection of Fayette’s water treatment lagoons and found only a few minor problems.

“Overall it was a pretty good inspection,” village administrator Steve Blue told council members last week. “They said the lagoon area was in good shape.”

Blue said the agency reviewed records and found some violations related particular days, such as an excess of total suspended solids one day in July and an excess of oil and grease during a four-day stretch in March.

The village will be required to explain the anomalies and tell how to prevent them in the future.

Blue gave an update on the village sewer separation project, stating that contractor Gleason is not currently requesting over-night work. Instead, the company hopes to convince the Ohio Department of Transportation to close U.S. 20 completely. The company will seek closure for about five days when the work progresses west to an area near the funeral home.

Blue said the park board is talking with private individuals for the operation of the park concession stand after negotiations with the sophomore class came to an end.

BILLING—Council’s Public Works committee will meet again to continue discussing changes to the policy governing bill collections. New wording might be ready for council to consider at its June 26 meeting.

PLANNER—The new Regional Planning Commission director David Wright introduced himself to council. He worked as a planner in Lima and Ft. Wayne prior to taking the Fulton County position.

He hopes to address what he sees as some possible outreach shortfalls in the rural portions of the county.

SEAT BELTS—Police chief Jason Simon said a recent Click-it-or-Ticket effort at the high school showed that drivers in 42 vehicles were wearing seat belts and drivers in two vehicles were not.

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