Fayette village council 4.1.09

Written 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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    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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