Fayette village council 6.4

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The Keifer’s Korner Video water problem is now back in the owners’ court after an additional inspection showed no problem with the village sewer line in the area.

The owners of the store at the corner of Main and S. Fayette streets reported several months ago a problem with water in their basement. The Keifers and the village have both tried to determine the cause of the problem.

At a meeting last month, a previous owner of the building suspected the problem lay underneath Fayette Street. A similar situation was found to be caused by a waterline leak. Council was told that road construction last summer might have broken the patch made in the past.

Village maintenance worker Tom Rupp gave council members a chronological account of the steps the village has taken to resolve the issue.

Speaking at the May 22 council meeting, Rupp said the latest effort involved an inspection by Randy Layman who owns a septic and drain cleaning business. He found good flow and no blockage in the sewer line.

Layman said he could run a camera through the lines in the Keifer property, but he would have to cut through cast iron pipe. He gave some recommendations to the Keifers, Rupp said, but he does not believe the problem is the responsibility of the village.

Rupp said that records showed the line suggested by the former owner was not patched. Instead, the T in the line was replaced and no leak was found in the area.

WORKERS–Six residents were hired for part-time work, as needed. Dean Myers, Rod Sommers and Tom Clemenson were hired as utility workers. Nathan Lucas, Mat Johnson and Ken Drohan were hired as parks and recreational workers.

DONATIONS—Verl and Pat Morningstar from Verl’s Saw Shop donated flowers for downtown landscaping. Rod and Suzie Sommers are mowing and doing other maintenance work at Hatcher Park. Edith Clemenson planted flowers at the park.

Jason Simon and Brenda Metz donated paint for the village council chamber project. A window needs to be installed before the work is completed. Mason, Liz and Gabe Maginn donated time to assist with the spring cleanup. Five Dumpsters were filled that day.

GRANTS—Village administrator Amy Metz attended “Grantsmanship 101” at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. She later met with the library’s grant specialist.

 

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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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    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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