Fayette's Cra-Z-Art making new products 2015.08.26

By DAVID GREEN

A new product and new jobs are coming to Fayette's Cra-Z-Art company.

Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt told village council members Aug. 12 about a new paint product, the Craft Paint Tub collection, that will soon appear in Costco stores across the country. The new product from the New Jersey-based company will be produced in Fayette and will result in new jobs and an increase in truck traffic on Industrial Parkway.

Marlatt told council that when she projected job growth—with new tax revenue to help offset a loan for the road project—an estimate of 60 to 80 new jobs was forecast.

"Those are sound numbers and are expected to increase," she said. "I am proud to have Cra-Z-Art as part of our community, however, we still need to help them address some of their wastewater problems."

WATER LOSS—If recent figures for water usage are correct, Marlatt said, the problem of unbilled water is growing despite hiring Aqua Line to detect and repair leaks.

In late July, a report listed water pumped at 15.9 million gallons for the quarter and water billed at 6.2 million. 

"An 8 to 9 million gallon loss per quarter should show up somewhere," she said.

Marlatt challenged council's public works committee to investigate the source of the data, particularly when the number of gallons billed remained the same from one quarter to the next, despite the installation of new meters.

"If those numbers are inaccurate, then we may be wasting time and money in trying to identify a 'phantom' water loss," she said. "Most importantly, we are potentially designing a new waste water treatment system on faulty needs assumption."

BULK WATER—After Marlatt was told that there was little need for a bulk water station for the fire department, she suggested installing a new hydrant for the fire department to use for filling trucks in emergencies.

MOSQUITOES—Marlatt asked if prices had been collected for a new mosquito spraying unit. Administrator Steve Blue said that it hasn't been done, adding that a committee needs to decide if the village should buy a new unit or hire someone to do the spraying.

CIC—Marlatt thanked the Fulton County Community Investment Corporation for pledging money for Fayette's Industrial Parkway rehabilitation project. 

"Their support underscores the importance of reinvesting new revenues into addressing infrastructure upgrades," she said.

LAGOONS—Blue said that he spoke with the Ohio EPA and Arcadis, the village engineering firm, about both short-term and long-term fixes to ensure compliance with the village sewer treatment lagoons. 

The village will be given 45 days to put a short-term plan into place. If needed, a long-term upgrade would bring compliance and increased capacity.

Blue said he will contact the Maumee Valley Planning Commission Organization about seeking a grant for the work.

MOWER—Council voted to buy a new lawnmower after learning that the buy-back plan is no longer in effect. 

RULES—Council voted 3-2 to accept revised rules of council that remove the need to read proposed ordinances and resolutions. Scott Wagner, Mat Johnson and David Borer supported the change to allow reading by title only. Linda Smith and Rodney Kessler opposed the change and David Wheeler was absent from the meeting.

Marlatt stated her opposition, saying that audience members should be given the opportunity to understand issues before council votes.