Fayette village council members voted last week to make the next police vehicle a pickup truck.
Councilors Linda Short and Rodney Kessler opposed the motion, but affirmative votes were delivered by Scott Wagner, David Wheeler, David Borer and Mat Johnson.
Police chief Jason Simon explained in a June 11 Observer article that a pickup was the most affordable police service vehicle available and that milage was not much different than other options.
Simon said the vehicle was no different than an SUV from the rear door forward and has the added advantage of a small bed for hauling items.
He thinks that pickups will become more and more popular with police agencies. He recommended a Dodge Ram unit.
Short said she had heard some criticism about the suggestion, although no one was willing to speak about the issue at a meeting.
Wagner said he was opposed to the purchase, also, until he compared prices and milage.
“We’ve already budgeted for it,” he said. “Let’s do it while we have the money.”
OFFICER—Chief Simon reported that former part-time officer Adam Pintiniot is back in the area and available to re-join Fayette’s department.
SEPTIC—Council listened to a complaint from a Maple Street resident who had a problem following the installation of the new sewer line in front of his house.
Village administrator Steve Blue said that village workers discovered the presence of a septic tank in the yard. A new line will be installed as part of the sewer project, but Blue did not agree that Gleason, the sewer project contractor, should pay to have the tank pumped.
Blue noted that there was an ordinance calling for the abandonment of all septic tanks prior to the start of the project.
COMPUTER—Village fiscal officer Karin Sauerlender told council that the village’s municipal software company recommended the purchase of a new computer due to the current equipment locking up when working on the budget.
Council voted to spend up to $1,596 to replace the computer.
PARK—Council approved an agreement with the school to pay $3,500 for use of the village parks for athletic events. The amount was the same as the previous year.
DH—Council approved an agreement with D.H. Holdings, the company responsible for the clean-up of the former Fayette Tubular Products site. The agreement allows the village to use the grassy area at the former school property in exchange for mowing.
Wagner voted against the agreement, noting that it’s costly to maintain the property.
CONCRETE—Council approved payment to M&R Ready-Mix for 57 yards of concrete for a new basketball court surface at the Grove. The cost was $5,847.50.
METERS—Council learned that one village resident will not allow workers on his property to install a new water meter. A letter will be sent to the property owner with a date for compliance. If that is not met, the water will be shut off.
Blue said that several of the new water meters purchased through a grant had to be returned since they were defective.
VIOLATIONS—Mayor Ruth Marlatt said that she drove around the southwest area of the village with Chief Simon, looking for ordinance violations. The other areas of town will follow.
GRINDINGS—Marlatt said the rumor about citizens being allowed to take pavement grindings that are piled near the park is not true. The grindings will be used as berm in the street paving project.