Fayette council 2013.01.30

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

A Fayette resident asked village council members last week about closing in the walking track on Eagle Street to allow an area for dogs to run free.

Denise Jensen told council Jan. 23 that she often walks her four dogs at the track—and cleans up after them—and if no one else is present, she lets them off the leash. She was told by the police that she’s breaking the law.

Jensen said a sign at the park mentions several rules that are routinely broken and she’s wondering why this one rule is now being enforced.

She suggested closing off the openings in the fence so that dogs could not leave the area. Mayor Ruth Marlatt said council’s Public Safety Committee would discuss the issue.

Jensen left the meeting to return to work,  but the issue was discussed further for a short amount of time. It was mentioned that at least four openings would have to be closed.

Police chief Jason Simon said the first time he had contact with Jensen about her dogs was after one of the dogs chased a child on a bicycle.

TREES—Archie Stamm was appointed to fill a vacancy on the village tree commission.

Administrator Steve Blue said there were some residents unhappy with tree removal related to the sewer project. He’s expecting to receive a schedule from the contractor for future work and that will allow him to speak with residents beforehand.

PRESIDENT—Dave Borer was chosen to continue serving as president of council.

SLEDDING—Gleason Construction, the contractor for the sewer work, suggested using leftover fill dirt from the project to create a sledding hill. It’s a good idea, Blue said, but there might not be a suitable location.

WATER—Jeff Merillat will serve as the backup water system operator for Tom Rupp, but he is not interested in serving as the primary operator. Blue said he is looking for a replacement for Rupp who wants to retire from the job in the near future.

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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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