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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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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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