Fayette council 5.16

Written by David Green.

Fayette village council members were briefed on several ongoing projects Thursday during a meeting that lasted less than an hour.

Village administrator Tom Spiess reported that the Ohio Department of Transportation has awarded the upcoming resurfacing project on State Route 66 between US-20 and 20A to the Gerken contracting firm.

Gerken’s low bid of $104,380 for additional work in the village comes as good news to council members since the project was recently estimated to cost more than $130,000. This additional work includes the installation of new curbs between Main Street and County Road R, which will be funded with state rehabilitation funds and money from a commercial loan.

Construction is set to begin May 30 at the junction of State Route 66 and 20-A. Spiess hopes the work is complete in time for the Bull Thistle Festival in August. The theme for this year’s festival is “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.”

TOWERS—Spiess informed council that two cellular phone companies plan to build reception towers near Fayette. Nextel/Sprint will build one of the towers. Alltel Wireless will build the other.

Spiess said he hopes the new towers will improve cell phone reception in the area.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016