Fayette village council 2012.-2.15

Written by David Green.


Fayette village council members moved a little closer last week in their effort to hire a village administrator.

Maintenance supervisor Tom Clemensen has served as interim administrator since the resignation of Amy Metz in October.

At the special council meeting Feb. 8, mayor Ruth Marlatt read a few proposed changes to the job description, such as the addition of the phrase “hands-on administrator.” This suggests that the administrator would be expected to help with brush chipping, repairing water line breaks, snowplowing, etc., when needed.

Village fiscal officer Lisa Zuver said that approach probably wouldn’t leave time for grant writing and someone else would have to be hired to do that.

Marlatt pointed out that Roberta Acosta of the Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program helps with water and sewer grants, however, Zuver said, someone will have to gather the information that Acosta needs for applications.

Marlatt also suggested inclusion of obtaining water and wastewater licensing within a three year period. With extra duties, it might take longer than three years, Zuver said.

Marlatt will present an updated job description to council members for a vote at the Feb. 22 meeting. By then, council’s Finance Committee members will have time to meet with Zuver and establish a salary range for the position. 

Council intended to advertise the position by the end of the month, but councilor Diane Brubaker said that because Clemensen is doing a good job as interim, filling the post isn’t urgent.

PARKS—Council hired Nick Ramos as park director at a wage of $5,000 a year, plus benefits of $1,350.

Ramos said the old bleachers were removed through a Boy Scout’s Eagle project. The metal supports were sold for recycling and the wooden planks will be stored for future use.

Old playground equipment should be removed soon and Armstrong Excavating will install new equipment.

RESIGNATION—The resignation of utilities supervisor Bob Seigneur was accepted by council. Tom Rupp, operating as TPR LLC, was hired to handle water testing, as needed. He will be paid an hourly rate.

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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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    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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