Fayette village council 4.22.09

Written 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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    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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    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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    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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