The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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 meeting 9.4

Written by David Green.

Fayette has had a ordinance in the book requiring fences around swimming pools, but the ordinance lacked a good definition of what constitutes a pool.

Council members voted 4-2 Aug. 28 to require fences around any pool capable of holding water of a depth of 18 inches or more. Enclosing fences must be no less than five feet in height.

At the Governmental Affairs committee meeting, councilors talked about giving warnings to allow property owners sufficient time to install a fence before a fine would be levied.

Jerry Gonzales and Craig Rower voted against the measure.

“I have trouble telling anyone what to do with their pool other than to keep it off someone else’s property,” Gonzales said.

Village administrator Amy Metz asked the value of a child’s life if one should happen to drown in a neighborhood pool.

“We need to look out for the community,” she said.

Gonzales said that a property owner will be liable whether or not a fence is in place. Common sense should be used, he said, rather than dictating property use.

Rower said the existing ordinance requiring a fence couldn’t be enforced for a corner lot since a fence that tall wouldn’t be allowed.

Gonzales joined Rower in opposing the ordinance revision and said the ordinance should be repealed.

TAX FUNDS—Fayette will receive $64,000 through the Local Government Revenue Assistance fund—money distributed to counties and further divided among various government units.

Gonzales voted against accepting the funds as he questioned how the money is apportioned. Metz has a list of what each community is receiving and the percentage of funds given to each, but she said there is no indication of how the determination is made.

Councilor Ruth Marlatt took Gonzales’s lead and suggested that Metz seek information on how funding decisions are made.

TURBINES—Council voted unanimously to adopt zoning regulations for the placement of wind turbines. The regulations were written by the Fulton County Regional Planning Commission.

Council put the regulations in place because Fayette Local School District is pursuing funding for a wind turbine.

TIME WARNER—Council approved a release agreement for property owned by Time Warner inside a fenced-in area.

The agreement calls for the village to take control of the property and for Time Warner to relinquish items on the property. The village will remove the items at no cost.

In addition, Time Warner will remove the antenna from the water tower since it is no longer used.

CODE BOOK—Council approved a new code book that was revised and reorganized. The ordinances will be copied onto CDs, Metz said, and she hopes they will become available on the village website.

FLAGS—A letter was read from village resident Dorothy Delphous urging residents and business owners to fly a flag on Sept. 11.

DONATION—Council accepted a $2,000 donation from the Royal Bullthistle Festival committee for placement in the swimming pool fund.

The committee approved $1,200 and the remaining $800 came from proceeds from the festival car show organized by Jerry Schmidt.

PARKING—The Government Affairs committee discussed increasing parking fines for automobiles to $25 and to $50 for semi-trailers.

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