Fayette village council 2012.-2.15

Written by David Green.

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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    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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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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