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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.

Fayette council faces big decision over sewer plan 9.19

Written by David Green.

Fayette village council members face a big decision Sept. 27, a decision that could determine how the village approaches the next 20 years of working with the Ohio EPA regarding sewer issues.

“This is the most important decision you’ll make in a long time,” village administrator Tom Spiess told councilors at last Thursday’s meeting.

At the next meeting, council must decide on a plan to submit to the Ohio EPA to begin negotiations. This would cover the scope of the project and the sequence of work.

The Ohio EPA has given the village 20 years to reduce overflows to four a year. Overflows occur when precipitation causes the combined septic/storm water system to spill into a tributary of Deer Creek.

The system is designed to overflow after heavy rain events, Spiess said, but separating the storm water from the septic waste will reduce the number of spills.

A preferred plan needs to be distilled down to a document ready for submission to the Ohio EPA and a public hearing will be scheduled in November.

The project shouldn’t be a shock to people if they’ve read the newspapers, Spiess said, and if council members have discussed the issue with residents.

Options could include continuing the effort to separate storm water from septic waste (sewer separation) one small segment at a time or jumping into larger projects.

The village must negotiate with the Ohio EPA about an acceptable plan, Spiess noted, adding that the agency might not approve council’s preferred plan.

The decision facing council isn’t about cost, he said, because that should remain similar with any approach—an estimated $4.2 million. Instead, council has to decide how it wants to get the job done.

 

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