Fayette council; sewer rates 1.28

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette residents might be facing higher sewer use rates to help cover a shortfall in operating expenses.

Village administrator Amy Metz told members of the finance committee at a meeting Jan. 12 that sewage system expenses are not covered by the existing rates. She presented three rate options that would cover the current costs.

Committee member Jerry Gonzales asked Metz to obtain rates charged by neighboring communities before taking any action.

Paul Shaffer asked for an update on late payments for water and sewer bills and for the enhancement fees.

Village fiscal officer Lisa Zuver suggested making bill-paying easier by allowing payment by credit card, debit card or through an automatic withdrawal option.

Committee members also favor monthly billing, based on quarterly meter readings.

ENHANCEMENT—Council heard the second of three readings for a proposed ordinance regarding the sewer and water enhancement fees.

Currently, the enhancement fees are levied for each water meter. A multiple dwelling unit with one meter pays only one set of fees.

The new ordinance would levy a quarterly fee of $7.50 for water service and $25 for sewer service on each unit within a dwelling.

A house with two apartments, for example, would be assessed for each apartment. Many apartments in town have a water meter for each unit and enhancements fees are already paid.

The enhancement fees were put in place to build a fund for repair and replacement of the water and sewer systems.

WATER USE—Metz will continue to monitor water use. Daily pumping is averaging about 10,000 gallons more than expected, but no more leaks have been located.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    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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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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