Fayette village council 4.22.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette will retain some of its Palm Plastics jobs after manufacturing moves to Bowling Green, but it’s only a temporary stay.

Terry Brandl, chief operating officer for Palm, said that all injection molding machinery will be moved to the new Bowling Green location, but the recycling operation will remain in Fayette until the building lease expires June 1, 2010. At that time the recycling will move, also.

Brandl said the recycling operation requires an average of five persons in each of three shifts, but that number fluctuates with demand.

When a plastic pallet manufactured in the Morenci plant doesn’t meet specifications, the item is ground up and used again to make additional pallets.

When developers were unable to obtain financing to build a new facility in Morenci, the Bowling Green building was leased to allow the expansion of pallet manufacturing. The facility has adequate ceiling height for Palm’s press operations and previously housed a plastics manufacturer.

SEWER LINES—Village workers continue handling problems with items in sewer lines. A shirt was found in a line on Cherry Street and disposable wipes resulted in two service calls this month at the Rehn Drive lift station.

The Public Works committee discussed whether homeowners could be sent an invoice for the maintenance work.

GRANTS—Village administrator Amy Metz was given council’s approval to seek CDBG funds for the West Industrial Parkway water and sewer project, plus funds for re-paving the street following sewer work.

Metz told council the village received no federal stimulus funds for street repairs. Archbold received $240,000 to repave S. Defiance Street in that community.

ARBOR DAY—An Arbor Day observance is planned in Fayette this Saturday.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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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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    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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