Fayette village council 11.24.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette village council members heard an overview of their employee health insurance plan at the Nov. 15 meeting, looking over options before the start of the new year.

Cindy Stever reviewed options available through BORMA, the Buckeye Ohio Risk Management Association, and answered councilors questions.

Stever cautioned council that if significant changes are made to the existing insurance plan, the Village will lose its existing status for risk factors. With the federal health insurance reform, the Village would be subject to the new “community rate” starting in 2014, if the existing rates were not “grandfathered in.”

“At this point, there’s no knowledge about what the community rate will be,” she said. “We’re kind of flying blind right now.”

Most communities are avoiding changes unless budget constraints dictate altering employee benefits.

Stever said BORMA has been able to keep rates down due to the large pool of insureds. The community rate would include a much larger risk pool, council member Tommy Molitierno said. That’s true, Stever answered, but it will include those who are not currently insured.

GAMBLE ROAD—Design work for the widening of Gamble Road to the new school is scheduled to begin Feb. 1, 2011. Construction will get underway when school is out for the year.

PARKS—Council approved the following programs and fees sponsored by the park board: T-ball, $25; mini parent pitch, $25; little league, $45; girls traveling team, $80; pony league, $90; co-ed softball, $450; men’s softball, $475.

Program fees are expected to be reduced due to sponsorship donations.

The following donations to the park program were received: Rodney Bingman, $75; Creighton Electric, $50; Phillips Plumbing and Heating, $150; United Methodist Church, $100; Ohio Gas, $100; Britsch, Inc., $50; Dyer & McDermott, $50; the Church of the Nazarene, $100.

PARKING—Council approved a revised map indicating the placement of downtown handicap parking areas, based on recommendations by ODOT.

PATROL CAR—The village will advertise for the sale of old police patrol vehicle, with a minimum bid of $500.

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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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