Fayette village council 11.18.2009

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s village administrator will move to full-time status in January, but without an increase in pay.

Village council members voted Thursday to approve the change in Amy Metz’s contract to full-time status for 2010.

Her salary will remain the same, but the full-time designation allows for paid holidays, sick time and health insurance.

Village fiscal officer Lisa Zuver said the change will cost just over $7,000 and the funds are in the budget for 2010.

Council member Jerry Gonzales said Metz frequently puts in more hours than expected for part-time status.

CRUISER—Due to a decrease in repair and maintenance costs, $3,500 was transferred to the police department capital improvements fund to go toward the purchase of a new police cruiser.

EMPLOYEE—Natasia Ramos was added to the list of part-tome employees. She has worked for the village in the past as a part-time employee.

WATER USE—A representative from the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store spoke to council’s Finance committee about the increase in water and sewer charges.

The minimum charge is for 1,000 gallons of water used, but the store uses only about 300 gallons every quarter. No action was taken by council.

CUTTING FUNDS—Gonzales said the proposed budget shows cuts of at least 16 percent. Council had to plan for a significant decrease in revenue, he said, and he praised department heads for working hard to find ways to trim spending.

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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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