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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    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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