Fayette council meeting 9.17

Written 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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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Front.cowboy
    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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    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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