By DAVID GREEN
Fayette village council members met in a special session Sept. 14 to hire a pair of village workers.
Tom Clemenson was hired to serve as the village maintenance coordinator at a pay rate of $14.45 an hour. Matt Moats was hired as a maintenance employee at a rate of $13.45.
Clemenson replaces Scott Wagner who is now working for the City of Defiance, however, Clemenson will fill a new position that covers both village utilities and roads. In the past the utility director was a separate job.
Moats was hired to fill an impending retirement.
Council will consider hiring another part-time worker since the list of available people has dwindled.
SIDEWALKS—The Sidewalk Review Board proposes an assessment to fund sidewalk repair, tree removal and curb replacement.
The committee is made up of representatives from council’s public works committee, the zoning board and citizens who have already repaired walks or live in the area targeted for repairs. The board has walked through town to look at the condition of sidewalks and discussed future needs. The assessment proposal is the first recommendation from the group.
Ten dollars would be assessed on each tax bill ($20 a year) for a sidewalk replacement fund and $5 on each bill for tree removal. Mayor Ruth Marlatt, reporting for the review board, said that an estimate should be made to determine how much money would be generated.
Money saved over a two-year period would be used for the next phase of sidewalk repair, scheduled in 2013. The following phase of repair would come two years later.
“How can you assess people who have already put their sidewalks in?” asked councilor Mat Johnson.
That’s an issue that was discussed, Marlatt said. One suggestion was to wait until the first round of repair is complete before starting the assessment. Village fiscal officer Lisa Zuver suggested not assessing those who have done sidewalk work.
An on-going assessment would make sure there are always funds available for sidewalks, trees and curbs.
“I think it’s a shame that those people with nice yards are going to get slapped for it,” councilor Julia Ruger said.
A village ordinance already requires sidewalk repair, she said.
“Just start fining these people and they’ll finally get the hint.”
The proposal will be reviewed by council’s finance committee.
GAMBLE—The resurfacing and widening of Gamble Street to the school is still on hold, but work might get underway the second week of October.
Village administrator Amy Metz told council at the Sept. 14 committee of the whole meeting that the contract did not list a start date. She added Gerken Paving has overextended itself with jobs in the county. The Fayette project was originally eyed for completion before the start of school.
Metz said the village was fortunate to get a bid on the small job. The work should be completed within two weeks, barring weather delays.
At the Sept. 28 meeting, council will decide if the village should pay an additional $4,200 to have the road widened to 22 feet, one foot more than the current plan. Twenty-two feet is the recommended width from ODOT.
During construction, traffic flow will be limited to a west to east direction. Vehicles leaving the school will travel east to County Road 23.
Metz the school is insisting that buses be allowed to travel in both directions along the one lane of traffic that will be left open.
DOLLAR GENERAL—Metz said she would contact the owner of the Dollar General property about the lack of lawn maintenance. She said a property owner leases the land to the store owners.
SPEED—Metz told councilors they must make a decision about two suggested speed limit changes from ODOT.
The first would increase the speed on W. Main Street from 35 miles an hour to 40, starting at Cherry Street.
The speed on South Fayette Street, from Mill to the trailer park, would also increase from 35 miles an hour to 40. At the southern end of that stretch, the current speed limit is 50, increasing to 55.
Councilor Mike Maginn suggested that if the speed increases to 40, then many drivers will travel at 45 miles an hour.
Police chief Jason Simon said that he doesn’t expect the change to be an issue on Main Street, but the increase on Fayette Street might not be welcomed.
Councilor Diane Brubaker noted that many children are walking along South Fayette with the new school location.
“ODOT won’t make the change unless council wants it,” Metz said.
HALLOWEEN—Council decided to schedule trick-or-treat hours from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.