Fayette Park Board sets goals 03.03.10

Written by David Green.

Fayette park board members discussed improvement projects for 2010 that include the ball diamonds, basketball courts and playground.

Projects discussed at the Jan. 18 meeting included:

• improving lighting for the ball diamonds and basketball courts;

• improving fencing in front of the dugouts at both diamonds to a height of eight feet;

• removal of the warning track on diamond number one;

• setting playground equipment;

• adding new blacktop to the basketball courts;

• and building a retaining wall where the railroad ties are now located.

New board members Rebecca Lovelass and Bev Figgins were present for the Feb. 15 meeting when employment was discussed for the summer.

Village administrator Amy Metz presented a salary proposal for a position that would serve both the parks and the village. The park board would contribute 25 percent of the cost of salary and benefits for the park director/maintenance position.

The shared position would allow for a flexible schedule in which the director would devote about a fourth of his or her time to park needs over the course of the year.

The organization of summer ball leagues begins in late winter, for example,  and diamond preparation for school ball teams starts in April. In the case of emergencies such as a water line break, village work would take precedence.

CONCESSIONS—Two proposals to operate the park concession stand were received, one from Virginia White and Jo Wagner, and the other from the parents of the sophomore class. No decision was made.

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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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    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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