Fayette village council 6.4

Written by David Green.


The Keifer’s Korner Video water problem is now back in the owners’ court after an additional inspection showed no problem with the village sewer line in the area.

The owners of the store at the corner of Main and S. Fayette streets reported several months ago a problem with water in their basement. The Keifers and the village have both tried to determine the cause of the problem.

At a meeting last month, a previous owner of the building suspected the problem lay underneath Fayette Street. A similar situation was found to be caused by a waterline leak. Council was told that road construction last summer might have broken the patch made in the past.

Village maintenance worker Tom Rupp gave council members a chronological account of the steps the village has taken to resolve the issue.

Speaking at the May 22 council meeting, Rupp said the latest effort involved an inspection by Randy Layman who owns a septic and drain cleaning business. He found good flow and no blockage in the sewer line.

Layman said he could run a camera through the lines in the Keifer property, but he would have to cut through cast iron pipe. He gave some recommendations to the Keifers, Rupp said, but he does not believe the problem is the responsibility of the village.

Rupp said that records showed the line suggested by the former owner was not patched. Instead, the T in the line was replaced and no leak was found in the area.

WORKERS–Six residents were hired for part-time work, as needed. Dean Myers, Rod Sommers and Tom Clemenson were hired as utility workers. Nathan Lucas, Mat Johnson and Ken Drohan were hired as parks and recreational workers.

DONATIONS—Verl and Pat Morningstar from Verl’s Saw Shop donated flowers for downtown landscaping. Rod and Suzie Sommers are mowing and doing other maintenance work at Hatcher Park. Edith Clemenson planted flowers at the park.

Jason Simon and Brenda Metz donated paint for the village council chamber project. A window needs to be installed before the work is completed. Mason, Liz and Gabe Maginn donated time to assist with the spring cleanup. Five Dumpsters were filled that day.

GRANTS—Village administrator Amy Metz attended “Grantsmanship 101” at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. She later met with the library’s grant specialist.


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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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