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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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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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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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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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.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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