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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

Fayette council meeting 9.17

Written by David Green.


Three ordinances and a resolution were approved by Fayette village council members during a busy session Thursday night. One other ordinance and one resolution were introduced for a first reading.

An ordinance regarding the demolition of property was approved after only one reading, passing 5-0 after being declared an emergency. Mike Maginn was absent from the meeting.

The ordinance requires that a permit must be obtained before any structure in the village may be dismantled or removed, in any zoning classification.

Development of a fee schedule for the permit will be discussed at the committee level.

TURBINE—An ordinance governing the use of wind turbines was also passed 5-0 by emergency in order to cooperate with the school district’s effort to obtain a turbine. Council adopted an ordinance approved by the county commissioners.

Turbines must be free-standing and not exceed 100 feet in height, unless erected on a parcel at least five acres in size.

Placement must provide a clear fall zone from neighboring property lines and the noise level may not exceed 60 decibels when measured at the closest inhabited dwelling. [Conversational speech is rated at 60 decibels and a vacuum cleaner is rated at 70.]

SIDEWALK—Councilors passed by emergency a resolution authorizing the village administrator to sign a temporary agreement with the school for construction of a sidewalk along Gamble Road.

A sidewalk was constructed to the edge of the school property as part of the new school project, but that left a gap to Fayette Street with no walk for children.

The agreement calls for the school to pay the cost of installing the sidewalk. Once complete, property owners will be required to maintain the walks and clear them of snow in the winter.

POOLS—An amendment to the village ordinance governing swimming pools passed by a 3-2 vote, with Jerry Gonzales and Craig Rower in opposition.

The amendment defines a swimming pool as being capable of containing water to a depth of more than 18 inches and measuring six feet or greater in diameter. Pools need to be surrounded by a fence.

Councilor Paul Shaffer said the ordinance needs to be reworked because of a problem that could arise with corner lots.

Gonzales suggested doing away with fencing requirement completely. The property owner and insurance company should make the decision about whether or not a pool should be fenced, he said.

FLAGS—The first reading of a resolution was heard that would add Sept. 11 to the list of nine other days on which flags will be flown downtown.

PARKING—The first reading of an ordinance was heard to increase the parking violation fine from $5 to $25 and to $50 for commercial vehicles.

Shaffer asked if a parking ticket has ever been issued in Fayette. Councilor Ruth Marlatt said there’s been a “why bother?" attitude due to the small fine.

SIDEWALKS—An amendment to the sidewalk construction ordinance calls for a property owner to obtain a permit before constructing or repairing a walk.

The property owner must notify the village office when concrete is ready for disposal. Village workers will inspect the concrete to see of it’s suitable for use at the sewage treatment lagoons. The property owner is responsible for disposal.

GAMBER STREET—Shaffer suggested returning Gamber Street—just west of the old high school—to two-way traffic now that the school is closed. Council members approved his suggestion.

OBSOLETE—Council approved a request to sell obsolete equipment, such as old mowers, at the county auction.

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