Fayette committee of the whole 02.09.2011

Written by David Green.

Three guests spoke Jan. 17 at Fayette village council’s committee of the whole meeting.

Gene Beaverson expressed concern about the sidewalk repair and replacement project adversely impacting village finances.

Village administrator Amy Metz responded that the initial cost was covered by the $50,000 grant from Toledo Edison that was part of the electrical aggregation agreement. Property owners not paying for the work themselves would be assessed for the cost through their taxes. In the case of foreclosed properties, Beaverson doubted the village would be repaid.

Metz said many positive comments have been received about sidewalk repair. Councilor Mike Maginn added that in his neighborhood, children often walk and ride their bikes in the street because of the condition of the sidewalks.

Council member Rodney Kessler agreed with Beaverson that the sidewalk project should slow down due to current economic conditions.

Beaverson wondered whether residents were asked if they wanted new walks. Metz stated that a sidewalk maintenance ordinance has been in place for years, but it was never enforced in the past.

Beaverson asked if a plan existed for street repair. He also said that downtown buildings need to be brought up to code.

Beaverson commented on the number of people employed by the village. He suggested sharing administrative staff with another nearby community and contracting with the sheriff’s department instead of maintaining a local police department.

Beaverson believes that some jobs, such as mowing, could be completed by volunteers.

He spoke against increasing water and sewer rates, stating that it would drive people away. Resident David Layman agreed with Beaverson about utility rates.

Mary Johnson of Morenci, a co-owner of Eagle Auto Wash, also spoke against the water and sewer rate increase. She said their business would probably have to close if rates were to increase. The issue was referred to the committee level for examination.

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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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