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.

  • Front.cross
    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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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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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.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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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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