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.

  • Homecoming Court
    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • Front.cross
    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.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.crossing
    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.
  • Front.hose Testing
    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.
  • Front.starting
    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.
  • Front.train
    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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