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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 hears about loans, grants 8.05.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette could be in the running for various grants and loans for work on the village sewage treatment system, including some federal dollars through the “stimulus” program.

Roberta Acosta from the Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) and Lee Sonnenberg of the USDA Rural Development office spoke at the July 23 village council meeting about several funding options to consider.

Acosta said Fayette’s 20-year sewage system upgrade plan could become cumbersome and would likely end up costing the village more than if it were completed in one major project.

In addition, she said, there’s no way of knowing what funding sources will be available in 20 years.

Village administrator Amy Metz asked what costs the village might incur. There’s always something required, Acosta said, but it could be 10 percent or less. With the village’s existing debt load, said councilor Jerry Gonzales, participation in the program could be difficult.

Acosta said she would work with Sonnenberg to come up with the best proposal for council to consider. If U.S.D.A. funding is used, an environment assessment would have to be filed. The cost of that is $6,500.

Fayette’s economic status makes it eligible for the lowest loan rates, Sonnenberg said, and a repayment plan could reach a maximum of 40 years.

If the village addresses the sewer upgrades in phases, Sonnenberg said, “you’re not eliminating the problem, you’re extending it.”

Certain funding sources are limited when a project is tackled in phases, Acosta said. For example, CDBG funds are not given repeatedly. If a grant were awarded for one portion of the work, an additional CDBG grant would probably not be given.

Gonzales noted that the Ohio EPA directive is only for separation of the storm and sanitary sewer lines.

“We’d like to a have a new treatment plant, but that might not be feasible,” he said.

Acosta said Fayette’s eligibility status for financial help is good.

With existing federal programs, Sonnenberg told council members that this is a good time to seek funds. However, Acosta pointed out, the programs are very competitive and the money goes very quickly.

Sonnenberg urged councilors to work with the U.S.D.A. program and opt out later if that seemed necessary.

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