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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    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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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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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.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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