Fayette council 5.16

Written by David Green.

Fayette village council members were briefed on several ongoing projects Thursday during a meeting that lasted less than an hour.

Village administrator Tom Spiess reported that the Ohio Department of Transportation has awarded the upcoming resurfacing project on State Route 66 between US-20 and 20A to the Gerken contracting firm.

Gerken’s low bid of $104,380 for additional work in the village comes as good news to council members since the project was recently estimated to cost more than $130,000. This additional work includes the installation of new curbs between Main Street and County Road R, which will be funded with state rehabilitation funds and money from a commercial loan.

Construction is set to begin May 30 at the junction of State Route 66 and 20-A. Spiess hopes the work is complete in time for the Bull Thistle Festival in August. The theme for this year’s festival is “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.”

TOWERS—Spiess informed council that two cellular phone companies plan to build reception towers near Fayette. Nextel/Sprint will build one of the towers. Alltel Wireless will build the other.

Spiess said he hopes the new towers will improve cell phone reception in the area.

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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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