Fayette council meeting 9.17

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Three ordinances and a resolution were approved by Fayette village council members during a busy session Thursday night. One other ordinance and one resolution were introduced for a first reading.

An ordinance regarding the demolition of property was approved after only one reading, passing 5-0 after being declared an emergency. Mike Maginn was absent from the meeting.

The ordinance requires that a permit must be obtained before any structure in the village may be dismantled or removed, in any zoning classification.

Development of a fee schedule for the permit will be discussed at the committee level.

TURBINE—An ordinance governing the use of wind turbines was also passed 5-0 by emergency in order to cooperate with the school district’s effort to obtain a turbine. Council adopted an ordinance approved by the county commissioners.

Turbines must be free-standing and not exceed 100 feet in height, unless erected on a parcel at least five acres in size.

Placement must provide a clear fall zone from neighboring property lines and the noise level may not exceed 60 decibels when measured at the closest inhabited dwelling. [Conversational speech is rated at 60 decibels and a vacuum cleaner is rated at 70.]

SIDEWALK—Councilors passed by emergency a resolution authorizing the village administrator to sign a temporary agreement with the school for construction of a sidewalk along Gamble Road.

A sidewalk was constructed to the edge of the school property as part of the new school project, but that left a gap to Fayette Street with no walk for children.

The agreement calls for the school to pay the cost of installing the sidewalk. Once complete, property owners will be required to maintain the walks and clear them of snow in the winter.

POOLS—An amendment to the village ordinance governing swimming pools passed by a 3-2 vote, with Jerry Gonzales and Craig Rower in opposition.

The amendment defines a swimming pool as being capable of containing water to a depth of more than 18 inches and measuring six feet or greater in diameter. Pools need to be surrounded by a fence.

Councilor Paul Shaffer said the ordinance needs to be reworked because of a problem that could arise with corner lots.

Gonzales suggested doing away with fencing requirement completely. The property owner and insurance company should make the decision about whether or not a pool should be fenced, he said.

FLAGS—The first reading of a resolution was heard that would add Sept. 11 to the list of nine other days on which flags will be flown downtown.

PARKING—The first reading of an ordinance was heard to increase the parking violation fine from $5 to $25 and to $50 for commercial vehicles.

Shaffer asked if a parking ticket has ever been issued in Fayette. Councilor Ruth Marlatt said there’s been a “why bother?" attitude due to the small fine.

SIDEWALKS—An amendment to the sidewalk construction ordinance calls for a property owner to obtain a permit before constructing or repairing a walk.

The property owner must notify the village office when concrete is ready for disposal. Village workers will inspect the concrete to see of it’s suitable for use at the sewage treatment lagoons. The property owner is responsible for disposal.

GAMBER STREET—Shaffer suggested returning Gamber Street—just west of the old high school—to two-way traffic now that the school is closed. Council members approved his suggestion.

OBSOLETE—Council approved a request to sell obsolete equipment, such as old mowers, at the county auction.

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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    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
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.
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