Wets Lafayette proposing tax levy to replace pool William CasteelNewcomerstown NewsWEST LAFAYETTE -- With the village swimming pool closed earlier this year due to the poor conditions of the structure, the pool committee has been trying to find a solution to either repair or replace it. According to council member and Pool Committee Chairman Dave Rogers, replacing the structure at a cost of $600,000 and obtaining the funding is now the deciding factor. Rogers said the pool committee, also comprised of several local citizens, has re-examined the site and evaluated various options as to repair or replace it. Rogers said the committee believes the structure should be removed completely, with the exception of retaining the bathhouse verses repairing the structure. He said the committee was concerned about the option for repair that was offered by Patterson Pools. He said the repair option involved adding another layer of materials over top of the existing structure. The committee voiced concern that Patterson could not guarantee the repair would last indefinitely. He added that there is uncertainty about the stability of the ground beneath the pool and the only way to ensure the stability is to remove the existing pool and examine the ground below to see if it is stable enough. During council's meeting July 12, members of the pool committee presented a possible solution for funding a new pool. The idea would involve the village adding a levy to the November ballot that would cover the cost over a 30-year period. The 1-mil levy would bring in about $22,000 per year. Another suggestion was presented by citizen Jason Prater that the village pool committee could canvass the village for donations. "There is money in this town and probably enough to pay most of the cost," he said.Another suggestion was to add the 1-mil levy to Lafayette Township instead of just with the Village of West Lafayette to include individuals in surrounding areas of West Lafayette. That way, it would bring in more money through a larger amount of citizens. Maria Prater said the committee has also recently submitted an application for $100,000 through the Schooler Foundation. Council later approved a resolution to proceed and seek certification from the county auditor to certify valuation for a 1-mil levy in the Village of West Lafayette for maintenance, repair and capital improvements for the village swimming pool.Other business at council's meeting included:* Jeff Wherley of the Coshocton Recycling program said the recycling program for West Lafayette has been extremely popular and a second recycling unit has recently been added. He said Lafayette Township is No. 2 on a list of recycling sites in Coshocton County in regards to the amounts (in pounds) of recyclable materials. He informed the village that Shredded Bedding Corporation (SBC) would no longer be providing the $500 maintenance stipends after this year due to economical reductions for state programs. The stipend was intended for paving, gravel and lighting at each recycling site. Coshocton County now has nine recycling sites. He said Lafayette Township is No. 2 on a list of recycling sites in Coshocton County in regards to the amounts (in pounds) of recyclable materials. He informed the village that Shredded Bedding Corporation (SBC) would no longer be providing the $500 maintenance stipends after this year due to economical reductions for state programs. The stipend was intended for paving, gravel and lighting at each recycling site. Coshocton County now has nine recycling sites. Wherley said the recycling contracts are active for two years, and the contract for West Lafayette would expire in December. Mayor Jack Patterson later requested the recycling program contract renewal be sent to his attention as soon as it becomes available.* Citizens Larry Rehard and Darin Welker both voiced concerns to council. Village Administrator Dave Kadri responded to Rehard that the village could not pave the alley due to finances and that adding gravel to the alley would lead to additional maintenance due to weeds growing up through the gravel. He felt it would be easier for Rehard to just continue mowing the alley. Rehard said adding gravel or paving was not his concern, and that he was more concerned about the inaccessibility issue. Kadri and council member Ron Lusk were agreeable to assess the alley to see if anything could be resolved. Rehard also questioned why a storm grate cover at the same address was removed and covered over by the village. Rehard said the area is now flooding after heavy rains. Kadri said he was unaware of this but was agreeable to check with the street department on the matter. Meanwhile, Welker said his concern with a privacy fence that was recently constructed on a rental property next to his property. Welker felt the fence does not meet the village's building code. Welker also questioned why the village is paying two employees for the task of posting delinquent utility notices on resident's doors. Welker said felt the village is wasting local tax payer's money by having two employees for a job that can be adequately done by one employee. "The village's use of manpower does not make a lot of sense," Welker said. Currently, one employee drives the vehicle, while another gets out and takes the notice to the residence. Welker also mentioned an issue with a resident that has multiple dogs that continually bark. Police chief Terry Mardis said the department has been diligently following up on complaints at the same address and will continue to do so. Council plans to also check into whether the new updated dog ordinance will have some rules that will apply to multiple dog ownership for village residents.* Kadri made the recommendation to Mayor Patterson for a street committee to be assigned. The committee would improve management for village street issues. Mayor Patterson later appointed the committee which will consist of chairperson Ron Lusk, Kelly Gossett and Dean Wears. According to Mayor Patterson, the committee will manage any issues with the village streets, alleys, right of ways, sidewalks, trees and curbs.* Council approved the village's budget for 2011. The village's income is $17,000 less and expenditures $9,000 less than last year at this same time, according to Finances Committee Chairman Dave Rogers.* Council approved adding funds for the OWDA fund (for the sewer project).* Council approved transferring funds from capital improvement River Front Estates fund (403) to street fund (201).* Second reading was given for establishing the 2010 benefit/pay schedule for village employees.Council's next meeting will be July 26 at 7 p.m.