By DAVID GREEN
Fayette added a pair of part-time police officers to the force last week to help fill a shortfall in available personnel.
Mitchell Martin and Adam Petiniot were hired during a short special meeting Aug. 14. David Borer and Julia Ruger were absent from the meeting.
Police chief Jason Simon said he was already familiar with the new officers because were part of a pool of candidates from a previous collection of résumés.
During the regular committee-of-the-whole meeting, Chief Simon said the village received a grant of $5,151 for an in-car computer. The grant requires only a 10 percent match from the village. Chief financial officer Lisa Zuver said she thinks the purchase was budgeted last year but the unit was not purchased.
Simon would like to take money from an overtime grant to buy a second computer for the other village police cruiser. The village will pay the entire $5,666. The money came out of the police fund originally, Simon said, but wasn't used and was moved to the general fund.
Simon wondered if the police department could be paid a small fee for delivering water shut-off notices to residents, similar to payment given for driving to court for department business. Mayor Ruth Marlatt said council committees would have to examine the request.
VALVES—Council discussed replacing leaking water line valves that would result in water service interruption to the TRW plant during replacement.
Maintenance foreman Jeff Merillat believes the water lines were stressed during the sewer project and wondered if valve replacement could be blended into the project.
Village administrator Steve Blue said he's still researching the proposal and collecting a parts list. If the parts were secured and the holes dug, the water cut-off should be reduced, and perhaps it could be done on a Saturday.
Councilor Dave Wheeler asked if some of the water line problems are identified as the village's responsibility and others as the responsibility of Gleason, the contractor.
"A tally is being kept," Blue said. He noted that Gleason has assisted the village in repairing some of its breaks.
The problem is a gray area, Merillat said. There are times when Gleason never struck a line, but the water line is laid bare, the trench is filled, and the soil settles. It stressed the line, he said.
Sewer project contingency funds now stand at about $52,795, Blue reported.
In further discussion about the sewer project, Blue said that at some residences, the eaves will need to be disconnected from the sewer line. Another round of smoke testing to determine infiltration into the sewer system is planned for next year.