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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

2010.01.20 Kim Quist: Vote against recall

Written by David Green.

From 1984 until 2000, I was the Seneca Township Deputy Clerk. I was elected Clerk in 2000. I am proud to have served the township residents for 24 years. I chose not to run in 2008.  I was pleased to endorse and vote for Allison Ott. She is a very highly qualified, professional individual.  

Since the newly elected township board has been in office, I have been dismayed by some of their actions.   Each member is given a book detailing the rules and responsibilities for that office, along with a township zoning ordinance book. It is the responsibility of each member to familiarize themselves with those books.  Unfortunately, it often falls to the clerk and supervisor to make sure all the regulations are followed properly.  Sometimes that does not make those offices very popular.  

Last year, before the new board took over, a special use permit was issued to Dayna Cordts for a daycare at her new home on Weston Road in Seneca Township. The details of that permit were completely clear and were accompanied by a letter from the township attorney.  Mrs. Cordts had six months from the time of issuance of that permit to construct a fence around her property. The permit was signed by both Mrs. Cordts and the members of the Planning Commission. That should have been the end of the story.  However, Mrs. Cordts did not abide by that permit. Instead, she allowed the permit’s timeframe to lapse and at another Planning Commission meeting, insisted the permit did not apply to her.      

Allison Ott upheld the Seneca Township Zoning Ordinance as it is written. There is a lengthy procedure necessary to amend an ordinance, requiring multiple public hearings.

The Planning Commission cannot make any changes to an ordinance at their meetings.  

Monthly township board meetings are a public forum in which complaints and problems may be addressed, but not to the detriment of the business which must be conducted. When a motion is made and seconded, a vote must ensue immediately.  At that point, discussion is over and the vote is a matter of public record. Instead, the debate was allowed to continue, creating the environment in which Mrs. Cordts claims the clerk and treasurer were rude and disrespectful.

Allison Ott should not be recalled. I urge all registered voters to vote NO on this recall.            

- Kim Quist

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