By DAVID GREEN
Fayette village council members met in a brief special session Wednesday to accept a bid from Henry W. Bergman, Inc., to handle the street-widening project near the TRW plant and to pave most village streets that were not paved during the sewer project.
Bergman's bid for the project was $392,937 which is about $15,000 less than the village engineering firm's estimate.
The TRW project will cost $141,796 and the village streets will cost $322,765. The widening will be paid through an $80,000 grant from the Ohio Development Services Agency and $42,000 from the village’s Auto Permissive Fund with the county, leaving $19,000 that will be requested from the county revolving loan fund. The streets project is half paid by a state grant. The remainder will be borrowed and paid through the replacement levy approved by voters last year.
The park board could seek bids on paving the basketball courts and the work could be done while the paving crew is in town, suggested village administrator Steve Blue.
Council members also voted to hire two part-time public works employees to be used as on-call workers when needed for snow plowing, water line break repair, and general help when the regular crew is falling behind on projects. The employees might help with water meter installation, also.
Mark Merillat and Shane Myers will both be paid $11.50 an hour.
SEWER PROJECT—A second resident spoke to council about possible damage to a structure due to the vibrations from a soil compactor during the summer sewer project.
Marvin Thorpe stated that it wasn't wise to operate a compactor that close to a 140-year-old house with masonry. He showed council members photographs of damage including cracked bricks and stone fallen out of the foundation.
Blue asked whether the damage could have been in place before the project. Thorpe admitted that he has no proof of when the damage occurred, but he wanted to file a report with council in case additional damage follows.
Thorpe said he wants to support Gary Ragsdale who spoke to council last month about damage from the vibrator and he hopes Ragsdale will support him.
A village walk-through with representatives from Gleason Construction, the contractor for the sewer project, was scheduled last week to look for problems that still need to be addressed. Ragsdale's and Thorpe's properties were to be part of the tour.
POLICE—Police chief Jason Simon told council that he interviewed two candidates to work as part-time officers and he expects to speak with others following the next academy graduation.
Simon told council about the Lexipol service that updates police policy to keep local ordinances and practices in accordance with state law. The service costs $1,400 the first year and the cost will increase in the following two years, he said, but he expects the service to save the village in attorney costs.
At the next Safety Committee meeting, members were to review village ordinances regarding junk vehicles, yard clean-up and blighted structures.
MOWER—A new dealer will have to be located if the village wants to replace a mower through the state purchase plans. A mower was purchased in the past from the Saw Shop, but the owner is no longer involved with the state plan.
The mower was worth $6,300 new and is now valued at $2,500. The unit is a low-end commercial unit, said councilor Scott Wagner, and a lot more would have to be paid for a better model. Council discussed whether the mower would lose much more value if it’s used another year.
Village foreman Jeff Merillat said that council needs to develop a clear plan for replacement of equipment.
METERS—Of the 246 water meters that were acquired through a grant, only 17 have been installed so far. The village has a June 30 deadline to have them installed. Village worker Cole Landon said it takes 45 to 60 minutes at each location; sometimes shorter and sometimes longer.
Blue said the village could apply for an extension, but that would not look good when an application is filed for a second meter grant request. His plan is to have all the meters in place before the deadline.
SHUT-OFFS—The village policy for shutting off water service to overdue accounts is still not clear, said tax administrator Genna Biddix. Ten customers have not followed late payment arrangements, Blue said. He said service is not shut off on Fridays, but Wagner noted that the service fee to have water restored covers the cost of paying an employee to come in over the weekend, if necessary.