By DAVID GREEN
Fayette is expected to soon have a new location for its recycling center as the village works with township officials to jointly offer the service to area residents.
The existing recycling center at the village barn is no longer large enough to handle the volume of material, said village administrator Amy Metz, and a partnership with Gorham Township is underway.
The township and village are working together to open a new center near the intersection of Ohio and Water streets near Fayette Feed Mill, but arrangements at that location are not yet final.
Saturday is the final day for the center to be open at the village barn. On the next recycling day, Feb. 13, a new location should be ready.
The center is open from 9 a.m. until noon on the second Saturday of each month, but the drop-off bin is available at all times for recyclable #1 and #2 plastics plus “tin” and aluminum cans.
PRESIDENT—At an organizational meeting Jan. 4, Julia Ruger was chosen council president to lead meetings when mayor Ruth Marlatt is absent.
TELEPHONE—Council voted at the Dec. 22 meeting to change its telephone provider from Verizon to Time Warner with an expected savings of 50 percent.
RECORDS—Council voted to allow the disposal of village records following a “records commission” process that determined which documents could be destroyed.
PAST DUE—Councilors reviewed a letter to be sent to property owners who are six months overdue on utility accounts. The letter gives 30 days to pay the outstanding balance before it is added to the property tax assessment.
RETIREMENT—A resolution was presented to establish an early retirement plan for village employees.
APPOINTMENTS—Keith Massie was appointed to the zoning board. Arlene Canfield and Lowell Beaverson were appointed to the tree commission.
ATTORNEY—Tom Thompson of the Bish, Butler, Thompson and Richards legal firm was hired as the village solicitor. The firm is located in Bryan.
REVIEW—Interim mayor Craig Rower presented a review of the past year, highlighting accomplishments and noting a two percent decrease in spending and reduction in the 2010 budget of nearly 16 percent.
PARK—A year-end report written by Scott Wagner was read in his absence. The summer ball program involved 103 children. In adult softball there were 10 co-ed teams and 13 men’s teams.
Wagner noted the lack of flag football in the fall due to a drop in participation, but he hopes interest will return in 2010.
Wagner said he will not seek the position of park director in 2010.
CHANGE—The next council meeting is scheduled Jan. 13. At that time, council will decide on a day and time for meetings in 2010.