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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    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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