Fayette village council 2011.08.11

Written by David Green.


Fayette village council received some good news about its sewer system at the July 27 meeting. An inspection of the main interceptor line that collects sewage from smaller lines around the village shows the line are in very good shape.

Several sewer lines have been cleaned and inspected recently. Work on the interceptor continues, and progress is slow due to debris in the line.

 CamTech, the company handling the project, said the concrete interceptor is about half full of debris. Typically, the company can clean from 2,000 to 2,500 feet of line in a day. Only about 200 feet a day can be cleaned in Fayette.

“The good news is that it’s in really good shape,” Metz said. “It’s a very good line.”

LIFT STATION—The NW Fulton Street Lift Station project is expected to begin this month. Letters to residents living in the area were sent last week.

The project will add a lift station to an existing gravity sewer line in an area near TRW. A grant will cover 48 percent of the $111,000 project. The remaining $56,610 will be borrowed and paid over a 20-year period.

LTCP—Metz will seek federal funding again this year for the long term control plan (LTCP)—the large $7.4 million project to complete replacement of the sewer lines in town that combine storm water with septic sewage.

Preliminary construction drawings will be produced this month, but construction is contingent on funding.

The price tag includes tying the Camp Palmer sewer line into the village system, but village residents will not pay for that portion of the project.

NYCE DRIVE—Council heard the first reading of a revised resolution regarding the dedication of land from Fayette Industrial Properties for 3.8 acres of property to extend a municipal road between Railroad and Park streets, and to be named Nyce Drive.

A previous resolution included an incorrect property description.

GOLF CARTS—Council accepted the final reading of an ordinance regulating the operation of golf carts on village streets. Carts are not allowed on state roads, however, they are allowed to cross over state roads.

Councilor Brubaker voted against the ordinance.

Village solicitor Tom Thompson explained that golf carts must conform to state motor vehicle laws if operated on streets. It’s better for the village to have an ordinance in place, he said, rather than ignore the issue.

SIDEWALKS—Metz said that 63 percent of the sidewalks targeted for replacement or repair have been completed. That does not include property owners who were given additional time to complete work. Fayette Street work should be completed by the end of August.

A $50,000 grant from First Energy was placed in the sidewalk repair fund.

HIRE—Council hired Eric Makula as a part-time, on-call employee.

MOWER—Council approved the purchase of a Husqvarna MZ6128ZT lawn mower from the Saw Shop, at a cost of $4,000.

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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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    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.
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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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    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.

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