Fayette village council 2012.10.03

Written by David Green.

Fayette village council will seek new bids on tree trimming before moving forward with the next phase of tree maintenance.

Village administrator Steve Blue gave council members an update on recommendations from the village tree commission about which trees are in need of trimming or cutting. A tree in the park was added to a previous list because of "imminent danger" and concern was expressed about another tree, but it might not be on village right of way.

Councilor Julia Ruger thinks it's time to back off from tree trimming for a while.

"We've spent too much money on trees," she said. "There are more important things to be spending money on."

She suggested tabling the issue for now, making a new list of trimming priorities and seeking new bids.

Council member Mat Johnson suggested that it might be better to cut trees rather than trim them. Why top and trim now, he asked, only to have to cut them a few years down the road?

Three trees on the list are marked for trimming and cleaning out, said mayor Ruth Marlatt, and perhaps they could be cut instead. Blue mentioned earlier that trimming is costlier than cutting down.

FEES—Council heard a first reading of a proposed change in zoning permit fees. The cost of a conditional use permit, of a zoning district change and of a variance will increase from $25 to $50 to ensure the publishing cost is covered by the fee. The fee for a demolition permit and a certificate of occupancy will decrease to $20.

EASEMENTS—Twenty-two property owners have agreed to an easement that would allow the village to construct and maintain the new sewer system on private property. Seven other owners have either not yet made a decision about the issue or want to be paid for giving the easement.

Johnson asked what the cost of the easement would be, since he's heard from some people who donated the easement that they would be upset if others were to be paid a large sum. Village attorney Tom Thompson said the cost would likely range between $50 and $100.

"The project can't go through without the easements," Blue said. "It's as simple as that."

By emergency measure, council approved a resolution to take legal action, if necessary, to obtain the easements.

MAINTENANCE—Council approved a wage increase for village worker Matt Moats from $13.45 an hour to $14.45. Moats was named the new maintenance coordinator to replace Tom Clemensen.

Blue said a recent inspection of the water plant by the EPA went well, however, Blue was told that someone with a water operators license is needed as a backup to the existing operator, Tom Rupp. The person must be able to be on duty in the plant within an hour of being called.

Blue noted that some communities contract with a licensed engineer in another community.

MAYOR—In the mayor's report, Marlatt mentioned that Steve Brown, the county planning director has announced his impending resignation at the end of the year. She said she would attend a meeting Oct. 2 to hear a presentation about the county water study.

ADMINISTRATOR—Blue said in his report that tax revenue is on track to match last year and the delinquent payment situation continues to improve.

HALLOWEEN—Council set trick or treat hours from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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