Fayetteville Council discusses alley dispute

By Martha Jacob – 

It was business as usual at the Jan. 10 Fayetteville Village Council.
Following the pledge, council members signed and paid the bills and approve the minutes of the December, 2017 meeting. Council approved an ordinance accepted the 2018 edition of the Ohio Basic Code which it passed as an emergency.
Fayetteville resident Kristie Schoellman spoke briefly to council regarding an ongoing issue she was having with her neighbors Andy and Erica Huber over parking in Spice Alley where both families reside. Schoellman said she is in the processes of buying the property on Spice Alley and will soon own her property.
“This has been an ongoing dispute between the Huber’s and my family, Schoellman said. “A couple weeks ago, we were doing some work on our home and I parked my vehicle in the alley to unload some material when Erica Huber came out and started yelling at me to move my car screaming at me. I saw Andy splitting some firewood to talk to him about using the alley. While I was talking to him she came back out and started screaming and carrying on about it being her driveway and not an alley. It escalated to the point that she pushed me and really upset me.”
Schoellman told council that she just couldn’t be in that situation again and something had to be settled about the use of the alley. Following a lengthy discussion by council about the use of the alley, it was decided that  a letter would be sent to the Huber family telling them that they had to create their own driveway, as did the Schoellman’s on their own property, and vehicles could not be parked in the alley, or the vehicle would be towed. The alley must be kept open at all times.
Councilman Jim McMullen reported to council on streets and said he would be purchasing more salt for the village and hoped he wouldn’t need any more than a skid. He was able to find it for $1.20 per bag and it takes about 46 bags to cover all the village streets.
Council later approved a temporary budget for the village for the next two months. Village Administrator Bob Campbell reported that although delinquent water bills were still a problem, the amount of delinquency had gone from $13,000 down to $8,000, and letters would be going out to residents again about the bills.
In other business at the council meeting, Mayor Carson briefly discussed a couple of CD’s owned by the village which recently rolled over and the funds will be reinvested. The village can withdraw the interest, but not the principle.