Fayette village council 4.22.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette will retain some of its Palm Plastics jobs after manufacturing moves to Bowling Green, but it’s only a temporary stay.

Terry Brandl, chief operating officer for Palm, said that all injection molding machinery will be moved to the new Bowling Green location, but the recycling operation will remain in Fayette until the building lease expires June 1, 2010. At that time the recycling will move, also.

Brandl said the recycling operation requires an average of five persons in each of three shifts, but that number fluctuates with demand.

When a plastic pallet manufactured in the Morenci plant doesn’t meet specifications, the item is ground up and used again to make additional pallets.

When developers were unable to obtain financing to build a new facility in Morenci, the Bowling Green building was leased to allow the expansion of pallet manufacturing. The facility has adequate ceiling height for Palm’s press operations and previously housed a plastics manufacturer.

SEWER LINES—Village workers continue handling problems with items in sewer lines. A shirt was found in a line on Cherry Street and disposable wipes resulted in two service calls this month at the Rehn Drive lift station.

The Public Works committee discussed whether homeowners could be sent an invoice for the maintenance work.

GRANTS—Village administrator Amy Metz was given council’s approval to seek CDBG funds for the West Industrial Parkway water and sewer project, plus funds for re-paving the street following sewer work.

Metz told council the village received no federal stimulus funds for street repairs. Archbold received $240,000 to repave S. Defiance Street in that community.

ARBOR DAY—An Arbor Day observance is planned in Fayette this Saturday.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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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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    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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