By DAVID GREEN
Fayette village council passed revised ordinances governing the presence of minors on park property in the evening.
The curfew ordinance posts earlier hours for youths age 15 and under, prohibiting those youngsters from being out alone after 9 p.m. on any day of the week or before 5 a.m. The curfew would not apply to youths who are with their parent or legal guardian; with an adult specified by the parent or guardian; or if participating in or returning from lawful employment or an athletic, educational, entertainment, religious or social event.
A separate ordinance prohibits minors from park shelter houses unless accompanied by an adult. The original ordinance mentions only the south shelter house across from the library, but the new version includes all shelter houses.
The first violation would result in a verbal warning by police. Subsequent violations could be subject to the charge of trespassing and be handled by the Fulton County Juvenile Court.
Councilor Scott Wagner said signs should be posted at the shelter houses if the law is going to be enforced.
"Kids are there every day without supervision," he said.
TRUCKS—Jim Carothers told council that some communities make it easy for trucks to get into and out of, and some make it difficult. He said Fayette could make it easier by bringing back the left turn lane at the stoplight on Fayette Street to give trucks more turning room.
Police chief Jason Simon said that an ODOT engineer told him that in order to have a turn lane there, two parking spaces by the bank and one on the east side of the road would have to be eliminated.
Carothers wondered if the stop line could be moved back on U.S. 20 to give turning semis more space to maneuver. Even if that were done, Simon said, vehicles are allowed creep forward and make a right turn.
Mayor Ruth Marlatt suggested moving the issue to the public safety committee for consideration, and Carothers said he is willing to help review the situation.
In another trucking matter, audience member Jackie McAdams said she is opposed to a recent proposal that would allow a truck driver to park his or her truck at home. She thinks parking trucks on residential streets would not look good.
FIRE DISTRICT—Mayor Marlatt gave council members copies of an article from the Wauseon newspaper about a proposal to create a county-wide fire district. Delta village administrator Brad Peebles is seeking support for the measure due to the difficulty of maintaining volunteer crews in some communities. Peebles suggests modifying the current EMS model to include fire services.
Marlatt said that Fayette chief Bob Stillion is not in favor of the plan. Chief Simon said he's heard more disagreement than agreement.
CDs—Village fiscal officer Karin Sauerlender told council that $250,000 worth of CDs are coming due this year and she will spread them out over one- and two-year CDs to avoid the same situation. The best rates she found are from Metamora State Bank.
PROPERTY—Chief Simon said he has heard from some residents asking for additional time to comply with property maintenance issues.
CRUISER—Simon received a quote of $5,000 for a new engine for the Ford police cruiser that's damaged from overheating. It comes with a 36 month warranty and unlimited miles.
Simon told council about the need to install a repeater in the police station to improve radio traffic. If it doesn't work as expected, it will be placed in a police car and a second unit will be purchased for the other vehicle.
PERMITS—Council granted a permit for the Bull Thistle parade and a permit requested by the Methodist Church to close a portion of Lawrence Street for the ice cream social Friday night. Neighbors were contacted by church members.
Wagner noted that a lot of maintenance work needs to be done at the park before the festival Saturday.
MUTUAL AID—Council approved a mutual aid agreement for police coverage. The agreement releases the unit requesting help from liability. Each jurisdiction offering help would pay for any damage to its own equipment.
CONCERNS—In addition to truck parking, McAdams spoke with council about removal of a fence across Spring Creek where a satellite dish once stood. She also mentioned the possibly dangerous condition of a house at the corner of Water and Fayette streets. Village administrator Steve Blue said that property has been discussed several times and it's one of the reasons he would like the village to adopt an ordinance to address issues of this nature.
PUMP—Council authorized the expenditure of $15,000 to replace a pump at the lift station.
SEWER—Blue told council that Gleason Construction expected to complete all of its work in the village by July 31. Blue is working with the Ohio EPA to see if one last project can be added to the sewer separation work. This would be an extension of a storm sewer on N. Gorham Street.
WATER—Shut-off work orders were issued for several overdue water accounts July 9, Blue said, and several more on July 17. Several water users paid before the shut-off occurred, Blue said, which is the preferable outcome.
PARK—Blue said the Kunkle family assisted with excavation of the sand volleyball court at the park and Borderline trucking will haul sand and stone for the price of gasoline. Both companies are paying employees to do the work, Blue said, and helping to reduce the village's costs.
PROPERTY LINE—Resident Dan Baker spoke to council about a problem in determining his property line since the village documents are different than the county's. The village shows that area as an alley, although two neighbors have sheds on the line.
Village solicitor Tom Thompson advised Baker to have a title search done and to write a letter to council requesting abandonment of the alley.