Fayette village council 10.17.2009

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette village council members voted Thursday to repeal the ordinance requiring fences around swimming pools, but the approved an ordinance amendment to tighten limitations on off-road vehicles on private property.

Only Ruth Marlatt and Mike Maginn voted against the repeal of the fence requirement. Julia Ruger, Jerry Gonzales, Ken Delphous and Paul Shaffer voted for the repeal.

Shaffer explained his voted by saying that even though the ordinance requires a fence five feet in height, a fence could actually be open at the bottom or in poor condition below the required height.

Only Gonzales vote against an amendment to add all-terrain vehicles to an existing ordinance that prohibits the operation of snowmobiles on private and public property without the permission of the property owner.

“We have a problem?” he asked village administrator Amy Metz.

Metz confirmed that there have been complaints of operation on private property, and she added that the police chief recommends the amendment.

It was mentioned that golf carts are legal in the village providing they have lights and turn signals. However, they can’t be operated on private property without permission.

STIMULUS FUNDS—Council voted unanimously to accept a $136,000 subsidy from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help pay for Phase I of the combined sewer overflow project (Long Term Control Plan). The project covered repairs to the lift station and improvements at the sewage lagoons and is now completed.

A $60,728 low-interest loan was included in the deal.

Stimulus funds will be used to address 267 water pollution control projects and 65 drinking water projects in Ohio.

SIDEWALKS—Council approved an application to the Safe Routes to School program that would provide funding for sidewalk repair and installation. The project is estimated to cost $227,600. The village would be required to pay all costs not covered by a grant.

TREES—The decision of which village trees to cut is being made based on an inventory list provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Metz said.

She’s heard questions asked about why certain trees were cut and others were not, and she welcomes citizens to visit village hall to view the DNR list.

LEAF COLLECTION—The Harbor Career Connection has young people available for community service work at no cost to the village. Metz had suggested to the Public Works committee that three youths could work collecting leaves while one village employee drives the truck.

On the first day, only one youngster showed up to work, so Metz decided they shouldn’t be used for leaf pickup since a dependable service can’t be offered.

When Harbor youths do show up to work, she said, they can focus on village property. Gonzales suggested that they could also be used to clear leaves and debris from gutters.

HYDRANTS—Fire department members will color-code hydrants to indicate pressure and flow characteristics.

CRUISER—Mechanical problems continue to grow with the 1999 Crown Victoria police cruiser. Police chief Jason Simon would like to replace the vehicle before repair expenses become high.

  • Front.web
    NICE WORK—A spider remains at the center of a web, awaiting visitors, during a moist morning last month. The was built in front of Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci.
  • Front.bridge Cross
    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
  • Front.bridge.17
    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
  • Front.eclipse
    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
  • Cecil
    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.
  • Front.rest
    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.
  • Front.batter
    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.
  • Front.green Screen
    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.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.