Fayette village council 2.18

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Excessive water pumping has Fayette village workers attempting to track down a leak once again.

Water usage in the village increased unexpectedly over the Feb. 7-8 weekend, with a steady increase of about 30,000 gallons a day.

Increases in the past have been smaller, Metz said, and leaks have been tracked down. All but one of the leaks discovered so far occurred on private property.

Village workers continue to monitor the situation and Aqua-Line leak detective service from Findlay was to be contacted if leaks were not tracked down.

PERSONNEL—Following a closed session, Chris Garcia was hired as a full-time police officer, a move that will save the village $5,664.

A full-time officer is able to dedicate more time to police work, chief Jason Simon noted in a comparison of part-time vs. full-time. The village will receive better coverage, he said, costs for training and ammunition will decrease.

Simon noted that 206.5 hours of overtime was accrued in 2008.

Council approved spending between $3,000 and $5,000 for a park director and between $1,000 and $2,000 for a concessions worker.

The park board will recommend people to fill the two positions.

SOFTENER—Budget cuts approved in December called for a reduction in the amount of water softener salt used. A study of the softening system was ordered, but was later put on hold until a part arrived for the system.

Once it is installed, the study will get underway.

SEWAGE—Metz will meet next week to review the Ohio Public Works Commission loan program for phase one of the long term control plan for sewer system upgrades, as ordered by the Ohio EPA.

Metz also met with Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) to begin the application process for USDA funding for later phases of the sewer project. That process could take up to six months, she said.

To take part in federal economic stimulus projects, Metz said, “shovel-ready” proposals are needed. Fayette is not at that stage, she said, but if money becomes available for design work, the village will be ready to go.

Metz intends to have the village listed on as many nominating forms as possible.

TREES—The village tree commission met Feb. 10 with Stephanie Miller, regional urban forester with the Ohio DNR. Miller will assist the commission May 22 in creating a hazard inventory to create a priority list for trimming and cutting trees.

A fifth member of the commission is needed to join Metz, Jason Simon, Eugene Rosinski and Dennis Canfield.

SALT—About 62 tons of road salt have been used this season so far and 44 more tons have yet to be delivered.

CONTRACTS—Contracts for solicitor and engineering work expire this year. Metz said council will examine its options for new contracts.

STREETS—Metz is in the process of reviewing needs for street repairs and she’s also looking at funding possibilities. The major concern for 2009 is Maple Street.

RATES—A review of area water and sewer rates showed that Pioneer charges rates similar to Fayette, while Lyons and Delta charge higher rates.

Council has discussed in the past that the current rates charged do not cover the cost of operating the system.

PARK—Council approved an agreement with the school district for the use of athletic facilities. The school will continue to pay the village $3,000 annually. No outdoor athletic facilities are available at the new school.

CEMETERY—Payment was received from the Juvenile Division of the Ohio Justice Department for vandalism at the cemetery.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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