By DAVID GREEN
Among all issues facing the village, Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt said the one she’s hearing about the most lately is mosquitoes. She asked about the condition of the village sprayer at the July 26 council meeting.
Village administrator Steve Blue said it’s in bad shape and not certified for use.
“That’s unacceptable,” said councilor Rodney Kessler, “Very unacceptable.”
Blue also stated that village foreman Jeff Merillat may not be certified to operate the sprayer and his colleague, Cole Landon, was given five years to complete certification.
Fogging needs to be done several times, Blue said. The insecticide will kill mosquitoes in flight, but more will soon hatch.
Marlatt requested that Blue obtain costs for repairing the village sprayer and for buying new equipment.
Blue said that an outside person may be able to do the job cheaper than the village could do it itself.
“We’ll do better in the future,” Blue said.
Spraying wasn’t needed for the past two summers or more, he noted, due to drier weather.
WATER USE—Marlatt asked Blue for statistics on the amount of water pumped during June compared to April and May.
Blue said a lot of time has been spent trying to figure out water usage at the school, but he has no clear answer yet.
The school has the only two-headed meter in the village and Blue believes that an accurate reading can now be made. He suspects that usage is higher than previously thought.
Tracking down water usage is more than just lowering the loss, he said. All sources of consumption must be tracked down, and this includes replacing old meters and installing meters where none are present.
Blue said that he didn’t see a big drop in usage following repairs after Aqualine located two leaks. However, usage is typically greater in the summer.
CULVERT—Marlatt asked if the Army Corps of Engineers had been contacted in regard to the culvert that agency installed many years ago. Flooding at the location resulted in damage at the Dollar General store.
Blue said that would be part of the long-range project, but short-term work was expected to be done last week.
WELLS—Marlatt said she learned that expenses for the village wells have exceeded $36,000. The wells were installed in 2006.
“Have we addressed future maintenance issues so we will not have all of these expenditures again?” she asked.
“We have not,” Blue stated, but that will occur when all of the current problems have been attended to.
BULK WATER—Marlatt said she read a proposal from Sam Witt to install a bulk water supply unit on Industrial Parkway.
“I have expressed interest in this in the past and will update you when I know more,” she said.
She added that Fayette is one of a few smaller communities without a bulk water outlet.
“We’ve been talking about it for three years,” said council member Scott Wagner. “We just haven’t done it.”
GENERATOR—The generator at the water plant is still not functioning correctly and Blue will request that Cummins-Bridgeway return to make further repairs.
SALT—A contract with ODOT was signed for road salt at a cost of $52.98 a ton.
MOWER—The park board would like to buy a new Gravely lawn mower, with a 50/50 split with the village. The village would actually pay more because $1,000 is owed to the park board.
Council voted to enter into a three-year lease for the mower at a cost of $7,820. If maintenance is kept up to date, the village can sell it back after three years.
LEAKS—Blue said there are three water customers who have admitted that they had a leak, but they are still seeking a reduction on their bills.
Blue said he is opposed to giving a break in the cost in this case, but council can overrule him if desired.
DONATION—The Fayette Christian Church donated $900 for the park fund. The funds came from collections from the weekly children’s sermon.
WATER LINE—Council voted to pay Armstrong Excavating $1,684 to replace a water line at 307 E. Spring St. Directional drilling at the site did not work.
SIDEWALKS—Audience members Sam Beers and Mike Rodriguez spoke to council about sidewalk policy.
Beers said he understood that the village was making people replace sidewalks that are in poor condition, but he questioned why he would have to put in a walk when none existed.
There are people in the room without sidewalks, Rodriguez said, asking if council is picking and choosing which people must do sidewalk work.
Marlatt explained that the main walks to the new school were initially chosen for sidewalk repair and installation.
Beers said it would cost $13,000 for sidewalks at his property.
Marlatt said the the sidewalk committee could re-form and make a judgment on his case.
Blue didn’t agree, stating that Beers has promised many times to install a walk. When he had the money, Beers added, and he’s faced large medical bills because of one of his children.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” Beers said. “Half the town doesn’t have sidewalks.”
It’s a continuing project, Kessler said, and discussion will continue to figure out a way to do it fairly.
Council member Dave Wheeler said there are three ways to make it fair: 1) Everybody puts in a sidewalk; 2) sidewalks are put in on only one side of the street and the property owners on the other side pay a sidewalk tax; or 3) everyone pays a sidewalk tax and the village maintains all walks.
Marlatt told Beers that the cost could be placed on his taxes to spread the payment over several years.