Fayette Chamber of Commerce 2013.03.20

Written by David Green.

Fayette Area Chamber members heard an update on the village sewer project at their March meeting and discussed creation of a Chamber website.

Due to concerns expressed at a previous meeting, village administrator Steven Blue and Scott Clawson of Gleason Construction attended the meeting to review the status of the combined sewer overflow (CSO) project. Blue reminded those present that the project was approximately 20 percent complete and that citizens should expect interruptions to usual traffic flows throughout the year.  

When asked about the replacement of trees removed over the course of the past three years and as a result of this project, Blue stated that funds had not been appropriated for their replacement in fiscal year 2013.

He also cautioned citizens to be prepared for rate increases in the near future resulting from the CSO Project. Even though the $6.4 million dollar project has a significant principal forgiveness component courtesy of the American Recovery Act and an additional $600,000 through a Community Development Block Grant, local residents will still have to cover the remaining costs of the project.

Clawson said that while their crews are working hard to ensure that inconveniences to residents was kept to a minimum, there have been many unanticipated interruptions caused by severing unrecorded water, sewer and service lines.

Blue made maps available for members to view and distribute.

Mayor Ruth Marlatt presented a written report on the status of the village’s website, the CSO project, the TRW road project, additional paving initiatives in the community, as well as staffing updates and meeting schedules.

OFFICERS—A slate of officers was accepted by the membership to lead the Chamber in 2013: Tom Molitierno, president; Michael Figgins, vice president; Dee Lawrence, secretary; and Karen King, treasurer.

MEMBERSHIP—Chamber members voted to rëestablish a graduated membership fee scale for 2013, and initiated a two-month membership campaign that will extend through April. A letter will be mailed to area businesses in the near future.

CITIZEN—The Chamber is seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year.  Nominees should reflect individuals whose service to the community has had a positive impact on area residents. Written nominations are to be mailed to: Citizen of the Year, c/o Fayette Area Chamber, Box 4, Fayette, OH 43521.

WEBSITE—Gene Sugg of RevItUp PC concluded the meeting with a presentation detailing how the Chamber might structure its proposed website.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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