Fayette council 1.28

Written by David Green.


Fayette now has a third generation village council member with the appointment of Julia Ruger.julia.ruger.jpg

Four residents expressed interest in filling the council seat made vacant when Craig Rower was chosen to serve as council president pro tempore. In that capacity, Rower serves as acting mayor until the November election.

Ruger, Rodney Kessler and Mat Johnson each spoke to council Thursday about filling the position. Victor Molina also expressed interest in the role, but told council that he would withdraw his name since there were already three good candidates to consider.

Council members voted 4-1 to put Ruger into office until the November election.

She told council members that she is active with the Fayette PTO and the Fayette Athletic Boosters and has business experience.

Ruger’s father, Gary Rice, and grandfather, Otto Rice, both served as council members in the past.

SNOW REMOVAL—Police chief Jason Simon warned residents earlier in the month that he would write citations to property owners who failed to clear sidewalks of snow.

That warning resulted in a large amount of paperwork.

Chief Simon told council that he drove around the village Jan. 20 and found 93 residences and businesses in violation.

As of Thursday, he had delivered more than 50 violation notices and planned to have the remainder delivered by Friday. Three notices were sent via registered mail to absentee property owners.

From the first batch of warning letters, only one property owner refused to comply, Simon said.

Simon said the village office received several calls about the snow removal ordinance that became law in 1990.

He said the ordinance isn’t specific about the amount of snow or ice accumulation before a warning letter is sent. In general, he said that residents should be able to walk on a sidewalk without getting snow in their shoes. It’s not necessary to clear snow down to a bare sidewalk.

Simon said he gave residents some extra time to clear walks due to the recent cold temperatures.

TREES—Volunteers are still needed to serve on the village tree commission. Anyone interested should contact village hall.

Members are considering an Arbor Day observance and Eugene Rosinsky intends to present a class in trimming.

ZONING—At the Jan. 20 Zoning Board meeting, village administrator Amy Metz gave members Dan Markley and Jim Bacon an update on the damaged building next to the village hall. A portion of the back wall collapsed.

Metz explained that since it’s a commercial building, the problem is not within the jurisdiction of the village. Instead, state inspectors are involved.

Property owner Don Stiriz has shown Metz blueprints and spoke about plans to repair the building.

The village solicitor and insurer advised Metz to obtain proof of insurance from Stiriz since the building is connected to the village hall.

In addition, a letter was sent to Stiriz calling for a more substantial barrier in the back of the building. Stiriz has until Jan. 30 to comply. Caution tape was stretched across the back when the building started bowing outward several months ago. The barrier request was made by a Fulton County Health Center physician.

CREDIT—Due to an increase in credit card charges from Bank of America, council’s finance committee advised fiscal officer Lisa Zuver to obtain a card from a different bank.

Zuver said she inquired at Huntington, but was required to report her income and Social Security number. She chose Farmers & Merchants instead.

SKATE PARK—Finance committee members discussed liability and insurance rates for a skateboard park.

AUDIENCE—About 25 people were in the audience Thursday, but no one signed up to speak at the meeting.

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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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    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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