Fayette committee of the whole 02.09.2011

Three guests spoke Jan. 17 at Fayette village council’s committee of the whole meeting.

Gene Beaverson expressed concern about the sidewalk repair and replacement project adversely impacting village finances.

Village administrator Amy Metz responded that the initial cost was covered by the $50,000 grant from Toledo Edison that was part of the electrical aggregation agreement. Property owners not paying for the work themselves would be assessed for the cost through their taxes. In the case of foreclosed properties, Beaverson doubted the village would be repaid.

Metz said many positive comments have been received about sidewalk repair. Councilor Mike Maginn added that in his neighborhood, children often walk and ride their bikes in the street because of the condition of the sidewalks.

Council member Rodney Kessler agreed with Beaverson that the sidewalk project should slow down due to current economic conditions.

Beaverson wondered whether residents were asked if they wanted new walks. Metz stated that a sidewalk maintenance ordinance has been in place for years, but it was never enforced in the past.

Beaverson asked if a plan existed for street repair. He also said that downtown buildings need to be brought up to code.

Beaverson commented on the number of people employed by the village. He suggested sharing administrative staff with another nearby community and contracting with the sheriff’s department instead of maintaining a local police department.

Beaverson believes that some jobs, such as mowing, could be completed by volunteers.

He spoke against increasing water and sewer rates, stating that it would drive people away. Resident David Layman agreed with Beaverson about utility rates.

Mary Johnson of Morenci, a co-owner of Eagle Auto Wash, also spoke against the water and sewer rate increase. She said their business would probably have to close if rates were to increase. The issue was referred to the committee level for examination.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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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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