Fayette village council 4.1.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s park board will operate the concession stand this summer, hoping for the support of volunteers to help get the job done.

The Fayette Firebells offered a proposal to take charge of the stand for the summer, but board members failed to come to a financial agreement. In the end, the three board members decided they would run the stand in order to maintain a profit level necessary to support park activities.

Acting mayor Craig Rower appointed Brad White to the park board at Thursday’s village council meeting, joining Chris Lantz, Mark Schang and Jennifer Williams. One opening remains to be filled and a volunteer is sought.

Work continues on the formation of a joint park board that would include township representation.

K-9—Police chief Jason Simon told the Public Safety committee about the possibility of obtaining a trained K-9 dog at no charge. Simon said he would investigate the cost of food, body armor and kenneling. Insurance would cost $629 annually.

BRUSH—Committee members discussed the possibility of burning brush and leaves near the sewage lagoons.

ABATEMENTS—The enterprise zone tax incentive review committee met March 24 for the annual evaluation of existing tax abatements. A 1998 agreement with Kelsey Hayes (transferred to T & W) is now complete. An agreement signed in 2003 continues.

A 2005 agreement with Advanced EC was terminated now that the business filed for bankruptcy and closed. An attempt will be made to recover abated taxes that are owed to the village due to the broken contract.

WEAPONS—A concealed weapons permit class is scheduled July 18. Additional information about the full-day class can be obtained from Chief Simon.

PAY—Council members voted 5-1, with Ruth Marlatt opposed, to lower councilor and mayor pay to $500 annually. The change will take effect for any council members who are elected in the future.

TEA PARTY—Mayor Rower announced that a Fulton County Tea Party is scheduled at 2 p.m. April 15 at the county courthouse to protest government spending. Council member Jerry Gonzales will serve as emcee for the event. The Tea Party is planned in conjunction with others across the country with the slogan “Revolution is brewing at a city near you.”

Rower also spoke of a general strike planned for May 1 in which citizens are urged not to go to work and not to buy anything.

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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.

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