Fayette village council 2012.02.08

Written by David Green.

Fayette village council members filled a vacant commission post and voted to accept a proposal for a bleacher upgrade.

Karen King was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Fayette Tree Commission.

Mayor Ruth Marlatt told council that she’s willing to represent Fayette at the Fulton County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) meetings while interim administrator Tom Clemensen is taking classes and is unable to attend.

Marlatt said she already attends the regional planning commission meetings and can attend the CIC while she is in Wauseon.

Clemensen might want to attend the meetings when his class is completed, she said.

The park board gave its approval to a proposal by Pioneer Boy Scout Joseph Stough to repair and paint park bleachers. Council followed with its approval. Stough will handle the cost of the work through fund-raising efforts.

ADMINISTRATOR—In his administrator’s report, Tom Clemensen thanked Brad Ruger of Lake Erie Electrical for going beyond what was expected in helping with the repair of a cracked rotor in the well house phase converter.

Ruger’s company is familiar with the equipment, said mayor Ruth Marlatt, and his assistance is greatly appreciated.

Clemensen noted there was a road collapse at Main and Lawrence due to a wash out. He said this might be a reoccurring problem.

Clemensen said a bid for the next phase of tree trimming came in at $16,122, but only $10,000 is budgeted. He will work with the company to reduce the cost.

Clemensen said he is working on a program to educate customers on excessive water usage.

FEE—Councilor Diane Brubaker said the Government Affairs committee is considering a fee for door-to-door sales people that would cover up to four people. Delta charges $100 and the committee is thinking about the same.

RESOLUTIONS—Council approved a resolution supporting changes in the federal Clean Water Act that would offer more flexibility for communities trying to comply with the law.

Council heard the first reading of a resolution opposing state control of municipal income tax collection.

CANDIDATES—Council members heard from five local candidates. 

Rick Sluter: The Delta police chief is seeking to become the Fulton County Sheriff. He intends to provide better training for the 911 staff and push for better coordination among the county’s various law enforcement agencies.

Abigail (Merillat) Bieber: Bieber is hoping to take over as Fulton County Clerk of Courts. She has a paralegal degree and has taken classes in criminal justice.

She intends to upgrade the software system to enable attorneys to obtain information on-line.

Dean Genter: Genter hopes to win a fourth term as county commissioner. He has experience working with state and federal legislators, and he mentioned completion of the northeast water project and upgrades to the EMS program as recent accomplishments.

Genter said the commissioners had the foresight to raise the county sales tax to offset state and local revenue losses, and need to continue working to keep the county in good financial standing.

Paul Barnaby: Barnaby, another commissioner seeking reëlection, said that communities need to work together.

Scott Haselman: The Swanton resident hopes to remain as the county prosecutor. He said that he’s improved staff communication and reorganized the office for financial savings.

Haselman said he will continue to seek treatment for drug users and jail time for drug sellers.

  • 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.
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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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    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.
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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.
  • 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.
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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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