Fayette village council 3.4.09

Written by David Green.


Fayette village council members took a first step Thursday night toward preparing for the summer recreation season.

Councilors voted to accept the Parks and Recreation Board’s suggestion to hire Scott Wagner to serve as parks director again this season, at a salary of $5,000.

Wagner applied for the position, but didn’t make an immediate decision about whether he would accept the job. Wagner wanted to discuss the issue further with the park board.

Village Financial Officer Lisa Zuver told council that Wagner was overpaid by $1,000 last year and Mat Johnson, grounds maintenance supervisor, was overpaid by $500. Council member Jerry Gonzales insisted that the pay rate for this summer should be reduced to make up for the overpayment last year.

Gonzales suggested that Wagner should be paid $4,500 to get a portion of the overpayment back. Instead, council voted 3-2 to “reimburse compensation” for the overpayment in order to make it correct from an auditing standpoint. Gonzales and Ken Delphous opposed the motion.

Council hasn’t yet received a recommendation for concession stand director.

TREES—Village administrator Amy Metz submitted a proposal for an Urban Forestry grant through the U.S.D.A. to remove and replace 75 trees. Funding would come through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus plan.

Councilor Gonzales stated at the meeting that he would vote against accepting any federal money from the stimulus plan.

SEWAGE—Metz also added all phases of the village’s long-term control plan....

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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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    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.

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