By DAVID GREEN
Fayette is losing two of its full-time police officers while gaining one new officer.
Village council accepted last week the impending resignations of veteran officer Chris Garcia and recent hire David Richmond. Richmond joined the force as a full-time officer in late March, but recently found a job with another department.
Council voted 5-0, with Diane Brubaker absent, to hire Napoleon resident Robert Bartz. Bartz has worked for other departments in the past and most recently had a job with railroad security.
LINERS—Advanced Rehabilitation Technologies completed most of its work of lining manholes, but left a few undone due to wet conditions.
Layne Inliner—the company that installed a liner inside some sewer lines—is seeking extra pay due to the heavy amount of cleaning required. Renting an extra pump cost $12,000.
Fayette village administrator Steve Blue said that so far the engineering firm Arcadis has not approved the payment, noting that nothing in the contract supports the extra charge.
CLEANING—The Ohio EPA approved adding force main cleaning to the sewer project and the cost of the work should soon be known.
RATES—Council’s Public Works committee has begun discussing increases to sewer and water rates to support payment of the sewer project loans and for maintenance of the system.
The committee is investigating whether the cost of the water rate study could be paid by sewer project funds.
Committee members have met twice to discuss billing policies for village utilities. After the next meeting, a proposal should be ready for council to consider.
RECYCLING—Dave Lichtenwald is retiring from overseeing the recycling center. Prison labor can be used to keep things orderly at the center, Blue said, but someone is needed to be in charge of the center.
BIDS—Bid specifications are ready for the village-wide street resurfacing project to address streets not torn up by the sewer work, and also for the road widening project at TRW. Bids will be opened July 23.
WATER—Fayette’s annual drinking water consumer confidence report shows detections of four organic contaminants related to the chlorination process and one residual disinfectant, but all were within acceptable levels.