By DAVID GREEN
Concerns about last year’s sewer project were discussed last week at the Fayette village council meeting.
Gary Ragsdale, owner of the Buckboard Bar and Grill, told council that the alley near his building experienced heavy vibrations during the sewer project which resulted in the shaking of his building. The vibrations knocked mortar out of the cobblestone basement. Several boulders have dropped out of the wall, and during the last heavy rain, water poured in through the wall.
He was told that he would be contacted by the construction company insurance firm, but he said it was only a worker from the company that visited to take photos.
"This is something that I will not wait around six months or year to get done," Ragsdale said.
If it isn't repaired soon, he said he will sue because the building is going to start sinking on one side.
He believes the work was done incorrectly and should not have been handled with a vibrator.
Village solicitor Tom Thompson said the village's engineering firm has been forcing the issue with Gleason. Ragsdale said he's worried that Gleason will put the problem off and he will be forced to suction water out his basement throughout the spring.
"It will be treated like an insurance claim," Thompson said. "The more they neglect it and the higher your damages go, that's something they're going to be responsible for. They should be motivated to get it resolved quickly rather than have more to pay."
PARKING—Ragsdale also spoke about the village's downtown parking regulations that will soon be enforced after signs are hung. He's lived above his business for more than nine years and never had any problems, he said. He moves his car when the street needs clearing of snow.
Scott Wagner said the regulations limit on-street downtown parking to two hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and then unlimited from 5:30 until 3 a.m. No parking is allowed after 3 a.m.
Wagner acknowledged that parking problems have not come from the part of town where Ragsdale parks, and he stated that Ragsdale doesn't own enough property to park in back of his business.
"We were made aware of that after we made the decision to enforce the ordinance," Wagner said, "so that is now on our table to figure something out so you have a place to park. We know we have to take care of that."
CONSTRUCTION—Village administrator Steve Blue expressed some concern about the future of Gleason Construction because he heard that the company might dissolve and reorganize as the owner retires.
Blue said that about $200,000 remains unpaid to Gleason, plus a performance bond is in place. Thompson agreed that any issues with completion of the work should be covered by the bond.
Blue said he has filed for an extension of the sewer project contract due to winter weather. That might extend the first payment until January 2015.
SIGNS—Permission was received from ODOT to post parking regulation signs on utility poles.
BRIDGE—Council passed a resolution to enter into a bridge inspection program with ODOT.
STOPLIGHT—An electrical firm recommends replacement of a stoplight that was damaged over the winter. Blue is seeking grant money. Insurance from the truck that damaged a light might cover the cost to replace one light.
The problem isn’t quite that simple, police chief Jason Simon said, because the new design of light is taller and so taller poles will be needed to suspend the lights.
An ODOT survey determined that stoplights aren’t needed in Fayette, Simon said, but he thinks they’re important for the downtown.