By DAVID GREEN
Fayette council approved a change in the truck routes ordinance last Wednesday and heard the first reading of a change in the downtown parking ordinance.
The first ordinance prohibits vehicles weighing more than five tons from driving and parking on village streets other than State-owned routes. An exception is for loading or unloading merchandise if access cannot be reached from a State route. Vehicles owned or operated by the Village, the school district, the County, the State, or federal vehicles are not subject to the prohibition.
Violators will be guilty of a minor misdemeanor on the first offense; a fourth degree misdemeanor on the second offense within a year after the first; and a third degree misdemeanor on subsequent offenses.
Violators will be fined a minimum of $50 per vehicle or $100 for each commercial vehicle for each two-hour period, or fraction thereof.
Violators have the option of paying 50 percent of the fine at the village hall within 10 days or paying the entire amount through the Fulton County Municipal Court.
The parking ordinance is similar to legislation passed earlier by council, but now North Fayette Street is excluded from the restrictions.
The Downtown Business Area is now defined as U.S. 20 on East and West Main Street in the business section of Fayette between Cherry Street and Ohio Street, and also along South Fayette Street (Route 66) between Main and Fulton streets.
The ordinance restricts parking to two hours between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. every day except Sunday. No parking is allowed from 3 to 7 a.m. to allow for street maintenance.
For snow clearance, vehicles must be at least two feet off the pavement of any village street from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. during a snow event that produces at least one inch of snow.
The village government follows Fulton County Snow Emergency bulletins. Any snow emergency will remain in effect in the village until modified or lifted by county authorities.
STREET—Councilors voted to vacate a 224-foot portion of Fulton Street east from North Fayette Street. The property was originally listed as a street, said village administrator Steve Blue, but is grassed over. Council's action cleared up a title defect on the land where TRW may expand in the future.
It's a confusing situation, Blue said, since there are two Fulton Streets in the village.
Blue was told that the TRW project has still not been approved, but a decision could be announced this week.
GAS—Council renewed a franchise agreement with Ohio Gas Company to operate and maintain gas lines on property in the village.
CRUISER—Council voted 5-1 to sell the 2007 Trailblazer police cruiser, with a minimum bid of $5,000. Mat Johnson opposed the sale.
DOOR—The expenditure of $3,350 was approved for replacement of a salt door at the water plant.
EMPLOYEE—Council plans to hire a new village worker. Advertisements will be placed when a job description is completed.
POLICE—Police officer Kevin Howard has resigned but will be available for some part-time work. Mitch Martin will become a full-time officer beginning Sept. 29.
BUILDING CODE—A representative from Wood County will speak to council members about the possibility of Wood County officials handling code permitting and enforcement duties. This would make the process cheaper and faster compared to going through the state office.
Wood County and the City of Wauseon are both certified to enforce residential building code, Blue said, and more information about that will be given at a future meeting.
BERMS—The Bergman paving company asked for an extension to the stated date of completion for berm repair. Blue informed the company that its contract end date is Oct. 1.
HALLOWEEN—Trick-or-Treat hours were established from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.