Water rate raised; mowing bids

LaFayette trustees take oath of office

By John A. Ballentine
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Newly elected village board trustees took the oath of office as the first order of new business of May’s meeting agenda. Bethany Peterson, Larry Townsend, Clarence Wagher and Rick Shipman were sworn into office by Village Clerk Robin Bartley. Robin Bartley was sworn in for another four year term as village clerk just prior to the trustees being sworn in.
Also re-elected for another four year term is Village President Greg Bartley. Now, LaFayette has finally filled every trustee position after nearly four months of being at five trustees. Vicki McRell – and Chris Smith, who were absent but re-elected to another term, are the other two trustees. Peterson fills the seat vacated with the resignation of Jeff O’Bryant from the board back in December of last year.

Water rates will be rising again after a similar increase last November. The board, with the exception of Shipman, voted to raise the rate $5 per month per household. There are approximately 80 households in LaFayette, which are supplied water in the village.

One reason given for the increase is the lower amount of money, which is approximately $4,000, in the village’s water fund account. Also, a second reason stated is now that the water is being properly treated by new water supervisor Carl Corrigan, chemicals cost an average of $150 per month in order to treat the village’s water supply. According to village Treasurer Lorrie Woith, when past water supervisor Shane Milroy was employed, there were no treatment chemicals purchased for at least a year prior to changing the supervisor.

Village Clerk Robin Bartley swears in President Greg Bartley for another four year term in that office.

Two mowing bids were received for the mowing of LaFayette’s park and a strip of village property near the Ira C. Reed Library. Annette Townsend, of LaFayette, bid $65 per week, the same as last year’s rate she charged. The other bid was from Russell Shierer who bid $45 per mowing and trimming of the park. It is estimated to take 21 to 24 mowings per the season to maintain the lawns.

Prior to the board voting on accepting one of the two bids, President Bartley expressed his opinion, “I’m for keeping the money in our town, that’s just how I feel about it.” The board then voted unanimously to accept Townsend’s bid.

Bids will be let for the replacement of the sidewalk in front of the LaFayette post office building. An advertisement of bidding concerning this agenda item will be placed in the local Prairie Shopper paper.

Village Clerk Robin Bartley swears in trustees L – R: Rick Shipman, Larry Townsend, Bethany Peterson and Clarence Wagher.

President Bartley commented he will meet with Jason Musselman concerning rural route addresses to be assigned street addresses and numbers on houses. This will benefit emergency personnel in locating a residence when assistance is called for during an emergency.

The board donated $50 last year to the Stark County Athletic Association specifically designated for the baseball and softball programs. The board approved donating $250 this year for that purpose in order to help defray the cost associated with both programs.

A lengthy discussion ensued concerning nuisance properties and ended in no action taken since the item was not on the listed agenda schedule. The meeting was adjourned at 8 p.m. Next month’s scheduled village board meeting is set at 6 p.m. on June 5.

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