The Fayette Village Council convened in regular session on the evening of September 25.
Mayor Ruth Marlatt reported that she had attended the Fulton County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) and Regional Planning meetings. The CIC meeting report noted that the CIC is seeking individual businesses with which to partner in order to increase membership, and that Lisa Arend would like to meet with our local Economic Development Team. The Regional Planning report centered on a project to coordinate a consistent approach to handling multi-parcel property transactions.
Council authorized the payment of bills in the amount of $114,259.19, and then heard the report of Village Administrator, Steve Blue.
Referencing the ongoing Sewer Separation Project, Mr. Blue reported that Gleason continues to work on installing the final taps to the new line. Installation of the remaining main line and the Ohio Street water line has begun. Work on plugging the old lines and the overflows is underway, as it the replacement of the sluice gate at the lift station. Paving has resumed, and cleanup should be completed around mid-October. There will be a punch list of items that Gleason needs to complete beyond then. The next construction progress meeting with Gleason will be on October 1 at 10:00am in the township building.
Advanced Rehabilitation has one remaining manhole to line to complete their contract, and Layne Inliner has not responded to the offer from the village to resolve their claim for extra payment. However, since they have exceeded their time limit to request mediation at this point, they are likely stuck with it.
The village continues to work on determining best method for replacing leaky water valves. Mr. Blue spoke with TRW. They understand that the work that has to be done, and indicated that they are currently working 24/7 but that it was slightly slower during the Sunday second shift. Gleason has still not provided a quote, but likely it would be extremely expensive to work on Sunday as the labor union rate is over $100 per hour on Sunday. Mr. Blue is pressing Gleason to get the quote finished so that a decision can be made.
The village continues to work on the electrical issues at the wells that has kicked the well pumps off. Lake Erie Electric has been asked to forward their findings to Arcadis, but at this point it looks like we may need to have the Arcadis electrical engineer look at the problem.
The telemetry and alarm issues with the AutoCon system are also still under consideration. Bergron’s quote for service was high with no real ceiling, just a per hour rate, including driving time from Cleveland. However, their representative has separately asked to make a sales call, which is being arranged. The village will then seek either a better quote, or on the spot assistance at that time.
Mr. Blue met with David Wright of the Fulton County Regional Planning Commission regarding the Water Meter Replacement Projects. Mr. Wright has asked for approval of Resolution 2013-10 that will allow for the beginning of Phase 1 of the project. Phase 2 has been approved in the amount of $20,000 with a $5,000 matching amount that will be provided by village executions of the installations.
In closing, Mr. Blue noted that Becky Thatcher has resigned to accept the VFO position in West Unity. After discussing hiring with various councilors, it became apparent that they wished to use multiple approaches to hiring. Therefore, the village will run ads to seek new applicants, as well as use applications received previously. In addition, the village will investigate the possibility of using a temporary employment agency to find a temp-to-hire candidate
Under suspended rules of reading, Council approved Ordinance 2013-16, pertaining to Supplemental Appropriations. Council also approved the aforementioned Resolution 2013-10, to allow Mr. Blue to enter into an agreement with Neptune Equipment to purchase water meters.
Council elected to set the 2013 Trick-or-Treat date as October 31, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Council also approved a motion to hire the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) to do both Water and Sewer Rate Studies at a cost of $8,500.