Fayette Council Meets Their Newest Downtown Business Neighbor

VR LOGO - WEBBy: Timothy Kays

Mr. Mickey Schwarzbek, the President and CEO of the Defiance branch of the Sherwood Bank, was on hand to meet the members of the Fayette Village Council at their July 8 regular session.

A further sign of the popularity of the Fayette business community was recently made more than obvious with the closing of the Huntington Bank branch in the Downtown District. While it is normally difficult for the voice of a small community like Fayette to be heard above the cacophony of larger communities trying to attract businesses, the departure of Huntington brought Council and community business leaders together to pursue a new institution to fill the vacancy. On this night, Mr. Schwarzbek addressed Council to make it official all around. The Sherwood State Bank has agreed to the purchase of the building, and plans are moving ahead for an official opening late in the fourth quarter of this year.

Mr. Schwarzbek said that they are awaiting the obligatory environmental impact studies to come back before they begin construction, but the branching application with the State of Ohio has already been filed.

Councilors agreed to table a motion to proceed with Arcadis on the Industrial Parkway Project, but moved forward with the approval of a measure to assess past-due water accounts, as well as an amendment to the Village Employee Handbook to include holiday and vacation hours as time worked for the purposes of computing overtime hours.

Councilors agreed to a three-year renewal of insurance coverage with the Buckeye Ohio Risk Management Association, also known as BORMA, and also agreed to a limited standardization of benefits with the organization.

In a final point of new business, Council discussed the bill presented by Cam-Tech of Grand Rapids, Ohio, for remote video inspection and cleaning of water line services rendered. Council was under the assumption that the company would be in town for one day to do their contracted service, for which Council earlier approved their quote of $1,200. As it turned out, Cam-Tech employees arrived as planned, but then departed. They returned at a later date to complete their work, then presented the village with an invoice of $3,000. Council agreed to an action where they would seek clarification from the company as to the discrepancy, and also seek a more suitable price for the services rendered.

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