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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 village council 11.19.08

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Revenues are down from Fayette’s income tax collection, but the situation might not be quite as dire as it sounds.

Council member Craig Rower reported at the regular meeting Thursday that year-to-date income tax revenue is $23,486 short of the projected level.

Rower attributed the decline in part to employment problems due to layoffs in the area.

“There will be cuts, but we still have to discuss those items,” Rower said. “I want the community to know that the problem is being addressed.”

Village administrator Amy Metz acknowledged the shortfall, but stated there should be some additional revenue that hasn’t yet shown up in the tally.

Withholding taxes from the new school will increase with the elementary school staff now in the village, she said, and there have also been some new jobs created in the Fayette Business Park (former Fayette Tubular Products building).

WATER RATES—Metz will examine water rates to make sure the existing price is covering costs. She also wants the finance committee to examine rates with regard to building up a maintenance and replacement fund.

Rates haven’t been adjusted in several years, Metz said, and costs need to be examined.

RAILROAD STREET—Metz will send letters to residents of Railroad Street to inform them of the name change to Nyce Drive.

The street currently runs two blocks from North Fayette to Gamber. In the future, the street could be extended through the Fayette Business Park parking lot and connect with Park Street.

PARK—The park board has created a draft resolution to create a joint board that includes Gorham and Franklin townships and the Fayette Board of Education.

INSURANCE—Village financial officer Lisa Zuver received good news from the village insurance provider. Health insurance costs for employees have increased only two percent.

FIRE TRUCK—The village’s REO fire truck was sold to Gorham Township for $1. The township will take possession Dec. 1.

AWARD—Audra Roesti of the Fulton County Health Department presented a plaque commemorating the village’s Gold Award in the Healthy Ohio program.

APOLOGY—At the rescheduled meeting Oct. 24, councilor Jerry Gonzales apologized for a remark he made at a previous meeting regarding the value of the sewage treatment operator’s license held by village employee Tom Rupp.

Rupp is seeking additional training to earn a water system license.

MEETING CHANGE—Two meeting dates were changed due to holidays.

The Nov. 27 meeting was changed to Tuesday, Nov. 25. The Dec. 25 meeting was changed to Tuesday, Dec. 23.

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