Fayette village council 04.28.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

One-hundred and fifteen Fayette property owners will soon be hearing from the village hall regarding their sidewalk. That’s how many non-conforming walks were found during a recent inspection.

Council’s Public Safety committee, along with the police chief, mayor and two citizens walked the length of Fayette and Main streets on April 5 to inspect walks.

Non-conforming problems could include features such as:

• the misalignment of slabs where one section is more than an inch higher than another;

• gaps between slabs of more than an inch;

• cracked slabs that are fragmented into four or more sections, with gaps greater than an inch;

• and pitted slabs that show a depth greater than an inch.

A copy of the complete sidewalk ordinance can be viewed at the village hall.

Property owners will have 60 days to repair walks after letters are mailed.

Council intends to focus on sidewalks in a different quadrant of the village in each of the next four years.

FEES—Council members heard the first reading of an ordinance to increase tap-in fees and meter costs.

The existing tap-in fee is $150 for joining the sewer and water systems. The proposed fee would increase to a minimum of $750 for a sewer tap-in and $250 for a water line tap-in.

LOAN—Council approved an ordinance to borrow $19,000 for the purchase of a new police vehicle.

AQUIFER—The U.S. EPA denied a request by the Fayette village administrator for a public hearing in Fulton County regarding the proposed sole source aquifer designation for the Michindoh Aquifer. A hearing took place in Bryan in January.

Village council submitted a letter to the EPA stating its opposition to the proposal.

LEAKS—Metz reported that an unusually high number of water line leaks were discovered on private property. If a resident suspects a leak, Metz suggests turning off water faucets in the house and watching the dial on the meter for movement.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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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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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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