Fayette village council 3.4.09

Written by David Green.

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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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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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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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