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.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    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.
  • Front.train
    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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