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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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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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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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