Fayette village council 2012.08.22

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette council members have begun discussion about a campaign to help win voters’ support for the replacement of two levies in November.

The 2.9 mill general fund levy and the 2.0 mill park levy have both been renewed by voters over the years—the general fund levy since 1968—but this time residents will be asked to replace the levies and bring the value of property to current levels.

Village administrator Steve Blue said at the Aug. 8 committee of the whole meeting that council should schedule public meetings to discuss the ballot request and include information with water bills.

Councilor Dave Wheeler added that flyers could be left at businesses, the library and the post office. Mayor Ruth Marlatt suggested presenting a new facet of the millage request every month leading up to the vote to remind residents of the benefits that will follow.

The idea for the replacement effort stemmed from a grant the village received for street paving. The money would cover street repairs for all streets not involved in the sewer project.

The $400,000 grant requires an annual loan payment of $20,400—a sum the village doesn’t have available. Council members don’t want to let the grant offer slip away so they will try to gain the support of taxpayers.

Blue will provide detailed information about the replacement levy cost to taxpayers.

OVERDUE—Blue told councilors that police offers delivered about 40 water shut-off notices to customers who are overdue on their payments. Several of them paid after the notices were given.

VFO Lisa Zuver said that none of the overdue bills were under $200.

HYDRANTS—Maintenance supervisor Tom Clemenson said his workers are putting Band-Aids on Band-Aids in repairing the village’s aging water system.

The 600-foot section of N. Ohio Street has nine holes from past repairs due to water line breaks. Some holes have been opened multiple times.

RECYCLING—Council is still seeking a group interested in volunteering at the recycling center. Dave Lichtenwald will give up his work there in about a year and he needs assistance now to help keep the center in operation.

The sale of recycled materials brings in about $175 per quarter and this could go to a group taking responsibility for overseeing the center.

TREES—When the current round of tree cutting is completed, Blue said, that will take care of the entire town, based on the recommendations of the village tree commission. After that, he said, cutting will be residents’ responsibility as listed in the village ordinance book.

Wheeler stated that trees shouldn’t be allowed beyond sidewalks.

A tree-trimming project was expected to begin soon to clean overhead branches to a minimum height of 20 feet.

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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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