By DAVID GREEN
Fayette is in search of a new utility clerk following the resignation of Becky Thatcher. Thatcher took a new job as the village fiscal officer for West Unity.
Fayette village administrator Steve Blue told council at the Sept. 25 meeting that after informally discussing the situation with some council members, he placed advertisements in area newspapers.
Th ere was also talk about going back to the applicants who sought the job four months ago before Thatcher was hired, and also look at the possibility of a temp-to-hire process.
Councilor Julia Ruger called the advertisements a waste of money since there were applicants from before.
Thatcher was hired following the retirement of Dee Potter and an attempt to fill her role by existing employees. Blue said the new person would be hired on a part-time basis, but suggested turning it back into a full-time job since Thatcher said she couldn’t accomplish everything that needed to be done with her limited hours.
METERS—Blue learned that Fayette was approved to receive a $20,000 grant for the second phase of water meter replacement. Village workers will provide $5,000 worth of matching funds through installation of the new meters.
RATES—Council voted 4-1 to hire the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) to undertake a study of water and sewer rates. Rates must be increased to pay for the on-going sewer project.
Ruger opposed the motion and Scott Wagner was absent from the meeting.
Blue explained that RCAP would do a much more thorough job of studying the rate structure than village employees could do. In addition, the agency will conduct a public hearing to discuss its recommendations.
STREETS—Council heard the first reading of place 25 percent of revenue raised from a replacement levy into a fund for road maintenance. The measure would bring in between $7,000 and $10,000 to the fund.
UTILITY—Blue said he has heard complaints about representatives from DP&L Energy based in Dayton who are asking residents to consider switching from Toledo Edison and choosing DP&L as an electrical provider. Blue said he heard that some people’s accounts were changes without permission given and he urged people to use caution.
DP&L was established in 2001 after state deregulation gave customers a choice in utility providers.
HALLOWEEN—Council set trick-or-treat hours from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.