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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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