Fisher delays payment to contractor

Fisher delays payment to contractor

The Fisher Village Board wants to get the attention of its drainage work contractor and voted to delay a payment due for work already done.

The village owes Stark Excavating $36,000 for work Stark has completed on its nearly $1 million drainage project begun nearly two years ago.

Public works committee head Roger Ponton said, "We're having a hell of a time getting Stark to button up this punch list." Ponton said the contractor hasn't been returning calls and various things remain undone, including a plan for reseeding the work area and replacing dead trees. As is customary, the village is retaining 5 percent of the project cost till successful completion.

The board said it will make the payment when Mayor Milt Kelly receives a plan from Stark with completion dates laid out.

Also, Ponton said the moss problem on the detention pond is becoming so severe it is clogging the discharge filter from the pond to the overflow. He will contact an expert on ponds and parks and recreation chair Jason Mathias will contact the state conservation department to see if a fish species could be added to the pond to clear up the problem. The state stocked the park with game fish last year.

Also, Mathias read a statement that said the village is unable to accept the guidelines laid out by the school board to operate the new fitness center at the high school for the public. He said the village's budget constraints prevent it from being responsible for mandated supervision, shared cost of equipment upkeep and administration of memberships.

Mathias requested another joint meeting with school officials. He said a survey of residents through the local paper and a school district-wide email yielded only 14 responses with ten showing interest in using the center and only three volunteering to help supervise. But Trustee Mike Bayler said he thinks the survey should be redistributed during school registration next month because he believes there is probably more community interest in the center than survey results show.

Using $560,000 from the tax increment financing district, the village paid for most of the center so the public could use it when students aren't. A local chiropractor and his staff have volunteered to supervise the center part of the time.

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