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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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