Fayette village council 2012.05.02

By DAVID GREEN

In a meeting that lasted nearly two and a half hours, Fayette village council met in a pair of closed sessions for 100 minutes and in the open for 47 minutes.

Council first adjourned to a closed session with village solicitor Tom Thompson to discuss possible litigation regarding water resources.

After about six minutes in the open, council met in a much longer closed session for a personnel issue.

After returning to an open meeting, councilors approved a 30 cent pay raise for police officer Josh Rodriguez.

The council meeting started off with a complaint from resident Jerry Gonzales who said he received a violation letter for a non-violation. Gonzales was given a letter by police chief Jason Simon in regard to the appearance of his yard due to the presence of wooden pallets and a large tree trunk that are used for firewood in his outdoor furnace.

Gonzales said that in the past he has taken care of violations when he was made aware of them, but in this case there is no actual violation and he was the only person to receive a letter.

Gonzales directed his complaint to mayor Ruth Marlatt who asked Chief Simon to send a letter. Marlatt explained later that she was responding to a complaint made about the Gonzales property.

Gonzales said that he could sue the village for harassment if he continues to be singled out, and if that doesn’t work, he said, “I’ll handle it in other ways.”

ADMINISTRATOR—Fourteen applications were received for the village administrator job by the deadline Monday. Applications will be opened today (Wednesday) and reviewed by a committee made up of council members David Borer and Julia Ruger, plus Trevor Hibbard, Dennis Richardson and Mayor Marlatt.

POTHOLES—During the annual meeting with the township board regarding Pleasant View Union Cemetery on May 7, council will schedule a special meeting to discuss a mutual agreement with township officials for the repair of potholes on Gamble Road and Industrial Drive.

PROCLAMATION—Mayor Marlatt read two proclamations, one regarding teen drinking (Parents Who Host Lose the Most) and another regarding Motorcycle Awareness Month.

MISC.—Council waived the permit requirement for garage sales during the annual Memorial Day weekend sale event. Council also voted to hire summer help through the Fulton County Youth Works Program and to approve a park use contract with Fayette Local Schools.

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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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    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.
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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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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.