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.

  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    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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    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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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