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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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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