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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.

2010.01.27 Dayna Cordts: Seneca recall

Written by David Green.

This recall is very simple. In Seneca Township the planning commission has full authority over special use permits. On Aug. 3, after reviewing material I had brought to the meeting, the planning commission agreed that the Ordinance 8.03 did not apply to me and voted 5-0 to issue me a special use permit under the supervision of the state. End of story...Not.

Evidently, Alison Ott and Marie Meinke were not satisfied with that decision and they tried to use their authority on the board to try and bully me. Well, it did not work. I stood my ground for what was right.

Allison Ott did not follow the rules of the township. She ignored the authority of the planning commission on this matter and did not fulfill her responsibilities as the township clerk to prepare a special use permit as the planning commission voted. She did not uphold the ordinances set forth in the zoning book, instead she tried to use her authority to make the ordinance she wanted to make and disregarded the decision of the planning commission, regardless of the rules she was supposed to follow.

Then to add insult to injury, at the November meeting, Allison Ott made a motion to take me to circuit court. Marie Meinke seconded that motion while the three members voted “no.” So now they want to spend our tax dollars serving their own agenda (because someone challenged their authority) to take a resident to court for not doing what they wanted when they had no authority over the matter to begin with. Yep, that’s the kind of people I want to pay $600 and $700 a month to, using our tax money to serve their agendas and make them feel important and full of authority.

Vote “yes” to recall Allison Ott and Marie Meinke from our township board and let’s get some people in those positions who will follow the rules and use our tax money wisely.

My personal issue with the township is finally over. The planning commission has corrected the permit. But I refuse to sit back and let our township officials bully people and not follow the rules while cashing their checks each month from our tax money. If I have to be the one to stand up and say what’s right, I will.

The great thing about this process is that each resident gets to have their voice heard with their vote. Whether that vote is “yes” or “no,” I do encourage each resident to think about what the vote means for our township. I vote Yes to put the right back in our board, I vote Yes for a better township board for the residents, I vote Yes to recall Allison Ott and Marie Meinke.

– Dayna Cordts

Weston Road

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