Mayor gives 'state of the village' address

William Casteel Newcomerstown News Published:

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Once again, it has been a good year for the Village of West Lafayette, ending its fiscal year with no negative financial deficits. Though this was good news, Mayor Jack Patterson encouraged council to continue to be mindful in decision making this year, and said the village will need to adjust for the additional funding cuts that will be inevitable in the years to come due to the continued reductions in local and state government.

The total appropriations for the Village of West Lafayette in 2012 were $1,580.694, and reduced by $7,325 for this year (at $1,573,369). Total receipts for 2012 amounted to $1,482,787 with the total expenditures at $1,431,029. The village's general fund received $445,970 and spent $474,804 in 2012.

"We (the village) must be proactive and look ahead to avoid any potential financial disaster," said Mayor Patterson.

Mayor Patterson expressed his satisfaction with some of the village's accomplishments in 2012 which included the paving of Russell Avenue, and resolving an issue with the drain system near East Russell and Plainfield Road. Mayor voiced his gratitude to the citizens of West Lafayette for facilitating the passing of the half mil levy last year. He added that without the passing of the levy the paving project probably would have not been possible due to the cost of the project and limited funding being available.

The street repair fund received $86,074 from the levy and used $84,901. Among projected goals for 2013 the village is hopeful to resolve another drainage issue at Union Avenue and Kirk Street, as well as paving part of Union Avenue, Kirk Street, and Johnson Road.

Among other accomplishments in 2012 were the start of the upgrade to the waste water treatment plant, and providing waste water services to Pearl Valley Cheese and Fresno. The village is hopeful to have this project completed in early 2013.

A FEMA grant was applied for and approved to assist in purchasing new air packs for the village's fire department.

The village was also able to purchase new street, and stop signs with the help of formula grants. While some of the signs have been put in place, the village continues to work on completing the project this year.

Other accomplishments were the purchase of a new street sweeper, and installing a new GPS map system to assist in locating water shut off boxes.

A special project also approved in 2012, and in progress yet is the sewer tap system for Hartville Homes which the village hopes to complete this year.

Work will begin in early 2013 to add the Village of West Lafayette's police department to the Coshocton County IT Department, thus adding more security and efficiency for the village's police department.

Mayor Patterson recognized several new, local businesses, and business improvements in West Lafayette which are all pluses to the village.

In closing, Mayor Patterson expressed his gratitude to the various departments that comprise the Village of West Lafayette for its efforts and dedication in the day-to-day operations of the village. Village council members were also commended for their outstanding cooperation, and dedication to this past year's village issues, and projects.

Other business from village council's Jan. 28 regular session included:

• A water line break was recently repaired at Oak and Main streets by a subcontractor William Alberts due to the extensive nature of the break. Village Administrator Dave Kadri reports the new GPS was used to locate some of the valves that were involved.

• Utility Chair Dean Wears said the Utility Committee has started the new hire process for a replacement for longtime street department employee, Gloria Murray, who will be retiring after many years of service to the village.

• Chamber of Commerce Christie Maurer said the next chamber meeting will take place Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in council chambers. A schedule of events for 2013 was given to the media. Among those events: Yellow Flag Community Sales will be May 3-4 and Sept. 6-7. Sunday in the Park is scheduled for June 9. Homecoming Festival, the theme being "School Days Then and Now," will be July 25-27. Village Halloween party will take place in Burt Park on Oct. 26, and Christmas in the Village is planned for Dec. 7.

Council later entered executive session to discuss compensation of a public employee. No action taken at this time.

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