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....

  • 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.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.hose Testing
    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.
  • Front.train
    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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