By: Jacob Kessler
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The Fayette Village Council held their meeting on Wednesday, December 27th, 2023. The meeting began at 6:00 p.m. with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Council first moved to approve the agenda, with included additions, before then moving to approve minutes from the following previous meetings.
The council meeting held on December 13th, Special Council meeting held on December 20th, Public Works Committee meeting held on December 20th, and Finance Committee meeting held on December 20th. With no visitors present to address council, Mayor Dave Borer proceeded to give his report. Some of the items mentioned are as follows.
The Bean Creek Valley History Center is still selling their 2024 Barn Calendars for $15 each. The Fayette CDC will be holding a meeting on January 9th at the Village Office.
Income surveys still need to be turned in as soon as possible, with around 65 still needed as of the meeting. The total eclipse of the sun is coming up on April 8th. Information was also given regarding holiday hours for the village office.
The administrator’s report followed next with an update being given for Phase 1 of the Village Water Project. It was stated by Administrator Bryan Stambaugh that work continues to go well with the various companies involved in the project.
Trees R Us has also been back in town to take down trees that need to be removed for the project. The topic then shifted to the stop light that was hit and broken by what is believed to have been a semi-truck.
Police Chief Richard Bingham has been in contact with FEC, which was the last company that helped to repair the lights, and a price was given for the light. The amount is $1,750 for one stop light.
It was stated that a representative from the company would be coming out to look at everything to give a price for work needed.
Discussions were also held regarding moving the lights higher to make sure this does not happen again. Following additional discussions, the administrator’s report was approved.
The VFO’s report followed with it being stated a change had been made to the bill list. Discussions then followed regarding temporary appropriations and items coming up for council’s consideration.
The VFO’s report was then accepted before council moved to approve the bills. Council next moved to approve the following agenda items.
The first reading of Ordinance 2023-19, with suspended rules, for Temporary Appropriations for 2024.
The second reading of Ordinance 2023-16, with suspended rules, for 2024 Employee Compensation.
The second reading of Ordinance 2023-17, with suspended rules, for 2023 Supplemental Appropriations.
The second reading of Ordinance 2023-18 prohibiting adult-use cannabis operators, adult-use cultivators, and adult-use dispensaries from operating within the Village of Fayette, Ohio.
Various council members stated their wish to give village residents the chance to voice their opinions on the matter. Public input was once again asked for before the next meeting when the item will be passed.
The second reading of Resolution 2023-09 for the naming of Mary’s Way. The third reading of Ordinance 2023-14 repealing existing sections 166.062, 166.094, and 166.10 (C) and 166.27 amending the income tax regulations of the Village of Fayette, Ohio and declaring an emergency.
The third reading of Resolution 2023-08 authorizing the village administrator to enter into and execute an agreement for emergency management services with the emergency management agency for 2024.
The following legislative actions were also approved. A motion to allow Karin Sauerlender to carry over a total of 55 hours. A motion to allow Zach Lester to carry over a total of 93 hours.
A motion to allow Joel Smith to carry over a total of 62.75 hours. A motion to appoint Michael McConnell as an unpaid auxiliary police officer effective immediately.
With no other items to attend to, council moved to adjourn at 6:34 p.m.