Fayette village council 8.19.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN
Fayette council’s traditional meeting schedule on the second and fourth Thursday of the month could come to an end in September.
Council’s finance committee recommended amending the Rules of Council to meet regularly only once a month, on the fourth Monday of the month.
Village administrator Amy Metz called the change a sensible move since council voted to cut its pay in half. In addition, Thursday night meetings were said to conflict with school events more than Monday night would.
Council member Ruth Marlatt requested that each committee discuss the change to make sure it will work for everyone.
ROOF—Council voted to accept the low bid from Starkweather and Sons Roofing to replace the roof on the village office building. Bids ranged from $12,180 to $54,000. The capital improvement fund stands at about $38,000.
WATER SERVICE—The Public Works committee rejected a request from the Jarimello residence on Gamber Street for a connection to the village water supply due to the projected $35,000 cost to the village.
The family is having some water pressure problems with their well and committee members suggested allowing them to drill a new well.
The issue will move on to the zoning board before council is asked for final approval.
LEAVES—Curbside leaf pickup will not be handled by village workers this year due to budget problems, but leaf bags will be sold. Village workers will collect bagged leaves probably twice a month, but the schedule is not yet final.
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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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