Fayetteville prepares for sesquicentennial

By Martha B. Jacob – 

The Village of Fayetteville held its monthly council  meeting on April 11 at the city building. All council members with the exception of Councilwoman Tina Houk were in attendance.
Mayor Randy Carson opened the meeting with committee reports.
Street committee chair Jim McMullen reported that the village needs to start looking for a new (different) truck for the village, since the one it has is costing a lot in repairs.
McMullen said that as soon as the weather breaks he will begin working on the potholes in the streets.
Park committee members McMullen and Ed Coleman reported to council that  the water had been turned on at the village park and the dugouts were finished and look great.
“We need to start helping to plan some things for our upcoming Sesquicentennial,” said Councilwoman Wendy Evans, “There are a lot of things we could do to make it successful. Maybe we could do something in the park for this 150th celebration. The village itself could sponsor something.”
Mayor Randy Carson said the event is being tied in with the big annual car show that the fire department takes care of along with combining it with the fireman’s festival.
“We’ll be having a band on Friday night,  June 15,” Mayor Carson said, “Then the fire department will have a band on Saturday night, June 16.”
Council discussed a possible baseball tournament and a 5K run. Evans also suggested a possible toy drive for Toys for Tots.
In other business,  Evans, with the zoning committee said she would like to see a dumpster be set up the first week in May for a village wide cleanup day. However Carson said that Perry Township will have cleanup days June the 8 and 9 and the village should coordinate with them.
Signs will be going up in a few weeks advertising the upcoming sesquicentennial/Fireman’s Festival/ Car show. The cruise-in will be held Friday from 5 to 11 p.m. and other events will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Village administrator Bob Campbell  reported that the water department was doing well and he hadn’t had any water line breaks for some time. He added that the delinquent accounts were going down and only five or six accounts were concerning, but that a second letter had been sent out.
Campbell said he was still looking for a new meter reader for the village.
Council briefly discussed the possibility of changing over to digital meters for the village which would eliminate the need for a meter reader. Campbell said replacing the meters could cost as much as $65,000, but Councilman Frank South said they needed to research the cost difference a little closer before making any decisions. It was tabled until the next meeting.
Chief of police Chad Essert reported to council that his department had issued 41 citations, 4 criminal and 37 traffic citation. He had made 5 arrests and had 3 mutual aid calls.
The chief said he had recently attended a training workshop and learned that any money collected through mayors court must go into a special drug fund, which the village had to set up. He said it has actually been in the books since 1984, it just never happened in Fayetteville for some reason.
Council later voted unanimously to raise the court costs from $90 to $95 to go towards the purchase of new cruisers.
Chief Essert also said he was working on a grant to help pay for new vests for his officers. He should know by the end of May if he will get it.