Fayette village council 2012.05.16

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Some bad news about Fayette’s income survey was followed by good news that will keep hopes for grant funding alive.

The village needs data from an income survey in hopes of obtaining a grant for the sewer separation project, but a recent survey effort resulted in only 91 responses. Survey requests were sent to a list of addresses selected randomly by the Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP), an agency that assists the village in obtaining grants.

The poor results set the effort back a step until part-time officer worker Dee Ferguson came upon the results of a survey obtained in 2011 with a larger number of responses. Those results were partially obtained by former village administrator Amy Metz-Simon who went door-to-door to obtain information.

That data can be used, said Roberta Acosta of RCAP, because it’s less than five years old.

Village council members learned at the committee-of-the-whole meeting May 9 about Ferguson’s discovery and about one other finding.

Ferguson also uncovered several property easements that were already obtained from residents in areas were sewer work will need to move onto private property. That discovery will save money by reducing the number of new easements needed before sewer work begins.

CHIPPING—Following the arrival of the new brush chipper, village workers have caught up on all of the standing brush left over from tree trimming earlier in the spring.

A stump grinder will be renting to remove those stumps and also some older stumps from previous tree-cutting.

TRUCK—Councilors discussed whether the old dump truck, that needs repairs, should be sold or scrapped. Prices for scrap metal sale will be obtained.

POLICE—Chief Jason Simon reported that part-time officer Justin Galbraith is resigning to take a new job and a replacement will need to be hired in order to avoid more overtime among existing officers.

SIDEWALKS—A report from the Government Affairs indicated that the sidewalk repair plan would be on hold until 2013. The next section to be addressed has not yet been determined.

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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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