Fayette council 3.19

Written by David Green.

A company specializing in tracking down water line leaks will help Fayette track down problems with the water distribution system.

Council members voted unanimously Thursday to hire Aqua-Line of Findlay to look for leaks in the system. The cost is $1,776.

Ken Delphous of council’s finance committee explained the action by stating there’s a lot of water usage that can’t be accounted for.

Aqua-Line uses a portable microprocessing system to listen for leaks in valves and fire hydrants and also to pinpoint leak locations.

The company says that an average leak in a municipal system leads to a loss of 5,000 gallons of water a day.

CHIEF—Councilors voted 6-0 to hire police officer Jason Simon as the new chief to replace Rick Kline. Simon has served as acting chief since Kline’s resignation in October.

Council voted earlier in the month to offer the job to Simon and then made it official last week.

Troy Stewart was hired to fill Simon’s position of full-time police officer, pending the results of a physical examination. Stewart will be paid $11 an hour for the first six months and then $11.50 an hour.

Council approved paying Simon and part-time officer Rodriguez $500 each for the extra duties they covered since Kline’s departure.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    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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