Fayette village council 2011.06.29

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette council members are still seeking a new member to replace Paula Ferguson who announced her resignation earlier in the month.

Councilors retreated to a closed session at the June 22 meeting after hearing brief presentations by two residents willing to fill the vacant post—Brad Merillat and Eugene Rosinski.

After meeting in private for 20 minutes, councilors returned and Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt announced that a decision would be postponed.

One or two other possible candidates are on vacation, she said, and council decided to await their return before making its choice.

CONSTRUCTION—Due to changes in the Gamble Road widening project, portions of the work will be re-bid and construction will be delayed.

Village administrator Amy Metz told council the project will now begin after the Aug. 6 Bull Thistle Festival. The three-week project is expected to be completed before the start of school on Aug. 25.

Some of the work can be completed before construction begins, Metz said, which should assure completion of the road leading to the school before classes begin.

SURVEY—After only 30 percent of residents near the proposed West Industrial Parkway road resurfacing project returned income survey forms—a requirement for obtaining a grant—a door-to-door effort is now underway in an attempt to reach the required 87 percent return.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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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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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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