WEST LAFAYETTE -- Village water and sewer services for residents of Lafayette Meadows-Dewhurst Housing facility may soon a possibility -- that is if the funds to extend the village's current water and sewer project can permit it.
An ordinance was approved by village council Aug. 9 to direct the Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) to research the proposed water line expansion. The area of discussion is located just outside the village limits. RCAP will research and perform a cost analysis for the project, as well as look at funding or grants that may be available to the village.
Village Administrator Dave Kadri said representatives from Lafayette Meadows, a subsidiary of Hartville Homes, recently contacted the village about the possibility of providing city water and sewer to the facility.
Lafayette Meadows-Dewhurst Housing is a 32-bed facility for individuals with developmental disabilities. The facility currently has it's own water well and a self contained sewage system. Having village water and sewer service would be a benefit to the facility by providing more volume for their current system. There would also be less need for manpower to maintain the system. Kadri said the village did not expect to profit from the expansion. He added that 3,600 feet of additional water lines would be necessary to reach the facility. Kadri also discussed the issue of annexation to incorporate the area, but stated that at least 51 percent residents that reside between the facility and the city limits would need to be agreeable to annexation before it could occur. Kadri said concern that he did not feel the project would be in the village's best interest if it could not sufficiently afford loan costs for the expansion.
Other business discussed from the Aug. 9 regular session included:
* A second and third reading was given regarding an adoption of a bond to fund construction of a new village swimming pool. Both readings were voted down by council. The pool committee will, however, plan to meet Aug. 25 to discuss further possible options.
* Council approved a $15,000 appropriation to replace a pump and motor for the village water well No. 2. Completion of the repair is expected within three weeks.
* The village will host the Fall Yellow Flag Community Yard Sales Sept. 10 through Sept. 11. Sign up for the event is at Brother's Hardware by Aug. 25.
Council's next meeting will be Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.