Fayette village council 11.19.08

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Revenues are down from Fayette’s income tax collection, but the situation might not be quite as dire as it sounds.

Council member Craig Rower reported at the regular meeting Thursday that year-to-date income tax revenue is $23,486 short of the projected level.

Rower attributed the decline in part to employment problems due to layoffs in the area.

“There will be cuts, but we still have to discuss those items,” Rower said. “I want the community to know that the problem is being addressed.”

Village administrator Amy Metz acknowledged the shortfall, but stated there should be some additional revenue that hasn’t yet shown up in the tally.

Withholding taxes from the new school will increase with the elementary school staff now in the village, she said, and there have also been some new jobs created in the Fayette Business Park (former Fayette Tubular Products building).

WATER RATES—Metz will examine water rates to make sure the existing price is covering costs. She also wants the finance committee to examine rates with regard to building up a maintenance and replacement fund.

Rates haven’t been adjusted in several years, Metz said, and costs need to be examined.

RAILROAD STREET—Metz will send letters to residents of Railroad Street to inform them of the name change to Nyce Drive.

The street currently runs two blocks from North Fayette to Gamber. In the future, the street could be extended through the Fayette Business Park parking lot and connect with Park Street.

PARK—The park board has created a draft resolution to create a joint board that includes Gorham and Franklin townships and the Fayette Board of Education.

INSURANCE—Village financial officer Lisa Zuver received good news from the village insurance provider. Health insurance costs for employees have increased only two percent.

FIRE TRUCK—The village’s REO fire truck was sold to Gorham Township for $1. The township will take possession Dec. 1.

AWARD—Audra Roesti of the Fulton County Health Department presented a plaque commemorating the village’s Gold Award in the Healthy Ohio program.

APOLOGY—At the rescheduled meeting Oct. 24, councilor Jerry Gonzales apologized for a remark he made at a previous meeting regarding the value of the sewage treatment operator’s license held by village employee Tom Rupp.

Rupp is seeking additional training to earn a water system license.

MEETING CHANGE—Two meeting dates were changed due to holidays.

The Nov. 27 meeting was changed to Tuesday, Nov. 25. The Dec. 25 meeting was changed to Tuesday, Dec. 23.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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.
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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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    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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