By DAVID GREEN
Fayette village council members took care of a few organization matters Jan. 13 as mayor David Borer led the first meeting since his election victory.
Rodney Kessler was chosen to serve as council president, garnering four votes to Scott Wagner’s two.
Borer announced the following committee assignments:
• Governmental affairs: Rodney Kessler, Mat Johnson and Suzette Boesger.
• Public safety: Linda Short, Johnson and Boesger.
• Public works: Kessler, David Wheeler and Scott Wagner.
• Finance: Wheeler, Short and Wagner.
Jason Ohlemacher was appointed to a four-year term on the zoning board while Andrew Richardson will fill two years remaining on a vacant seat. Johnson will continue to serve on the village tree committee.
Mayor Borer’s State of the Village address re-capped many signs of progress such as new businesses and new owners of businesses, the TRW expansion, the Sherwood State Bank project, and the new location of the village office and police department.
He stated that the potential exists for additional development in 2016.
Borer also spoke about a new sense of cooperation, efficiency and pride that exists among the various areas of village government.
WATER—Village administrator Steve Blue didn’t yet have a water report for the final quarter of the year, but noted the continuing difference between the amount of water pumped and the amount billed.
He told council that the amount of water going through the main meter doesn’t appear to be accurately measured. Village staff will attempt to test the meter, he said, but an outside firm may be needed.
Boesger asked if the leaks found by Aqua-Line had all been repaired. Blue said that all but one water main have been taken care of.
Wheeler asked if a meter had been installed at the fire hall yet. Blue said it hasn’t and the project will require some additional plumbing.
The water used at the location is not expected to make much of a difference in the “lost” water figure, Blue said.
MOVING—Blue said that village office employees are trying to move as much material as possible into the new location before the official moving day, now set for Jan. 26. On that day, the phone system, computer network and police radios will be put into service.
The next council meeting is scheduled in the new offices, located in the former Huntington Bank.
PARKS—Park director Nick Ramos told council that 61 children participated in the soccer program. Flag football participation had dwindled to 21 before soccer was brought back.
Nearly $1,000 was earned through the annual pizza fund raiser. Ramos said that other sources of revenue for the parks would be necessary with the school taking over the summer ball program. He is considering additional softball tournaments.
A major park upgrade under consideration is the replacement of fencing on Diamond 2.
Ramos thanked village staff members and coaches for helping make a successful recreational program for youngsters.
US-20—Council gave its permission to the state highway department to pave US-20 inside the village limits.
RADIOS—Council approved the purchase of a new police department radio system at a cost of $2,236.
SAFE—Council discussed a request by the Bean Creek History Center for use of the old safe in the village office.
“We don’t really know what the safe is worth,” Blue said.
Internet searches show prices ranging from $25 to $4,000 for similar units.
Council will discuss the matter in the future when Sherwood State Bank is finished using the safe. It will be used in the temporary office that the bank will establish in the old village office during renovation of its new location.
RATES—Blue urged council to discuss raising water rates to combat the shortage of money in the fund. If council chooses to move forward with a rate increase, he said, a public hearing will be scheduled.
OFFICER—Council hired J.D. Rahman as a part-time police officer.
CLOSED—Council met in a closed session to discuss a personnel discipline issue.