Fayette village council 2012.02.29

By DAVID GREEN

The thought of Ohio’s 241-mile long turnpike being run by a foreign corporation doesn’t sit well with Fayette village council members.

The governor’s lease proposal doesn’t appear to be popular with other northwest Ohio government units, either, said Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt, after attending a meeting on the issue Feb. 17.

Marlatt met with other area government leaders in Wauseon to learn about Gov. Kasich’s proposal and described the session as interesting and disturbing.

Ed Kinston of Pioneer, a former turnpike commission member, spoke of the importance of the turnpike to the region and noted that few of state’s legislators live near the turnpike. Their interest in a decision to lease the highway would likely focus on the revenue earned rather than the affect of the move to communities along the road.

Marlatt said concern was expressed that the issue, as seen by northern Ohio communities, will not be give the consideration is deserves.

Council members spoke of the poor condition of the Indiana Turnpike that have developed since the highway was leased in 2006 to a consortium from Spain and Australia.

CAR WASH—Eric Johnson, a co-owner of Eagle Car Wash in Fayette, told council that he’s seeking a variance that would allow a private water well on the property rather than paying the village for water. Johnson described the proposal as vital to the survival of the business.

Johnson said he spoke with a representative from the water division of the Ohio EPA in Columbus, but Marlatt said she would also speak with the regional representative in Bowling Green who serves Fayette. The village zoning board would also have to consider the plan.

In informal discussion later, concern was expressed about treating the water through the village sewer system without the ability to meter usage.

SALES—Council approved an ordinance to establish a $100 fee for door-to-door sales in the village. A permit will be issued to allow sales from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a maximum of two days. Organizations would be excluded from the permit fee.

INSURANCE—After a 50-minute closed session, councilors approved an insurance change requested by police chief Jason Simon.

Simon asked to change his insurance plan from family to single employee because his wife’s insurance also covers the family. This would reduce costs more than $9,000 annually, he said.

Simon had requested that half of the savings would go to him and the other half would be used to give pay increases to his officers, but council made no decision about a pay increase.

EQUIPMENT—Council approved the purchase of a new box for the one-ton dump truck at a cost of $4,995 from Dan’s Truck Repair of Perrysburg.

The purchase of a water line leak detector was approved at a cost of $1,212 from Pipe Tools, Inc.

Approval for the purchase of a used brush chipper was tabled pending warranty information. The chipper is for sale by a California company and the $18,250 price includes $2,000 in freight cost. The unit was previously owned by a municipality.

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