Fayette village council 8.19.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN
Fayette council’s traditional meeting schedule on the second and fourth Thursday of the month could come to an end in September.
Council’s finance committee recommended amending the Rules of Council to meet regularly only once a month, on the fourth Monday of the month.
Village administrator Amy Metz called the change a sensible move since council voted to cut its pay in half. In addition, Thursday night meetings were said to conflict with school events more than Monday night would.
Council member Ruth Marlatt requested that each committee discuss the change to make sure it will work for everyone.
ROOF—Council voted to accept the low bid from Starkweather and Sons Roofing to replace the roof on the village office building. Bids ranged from $12,180 to $54,000. The capital improvement fund stands at about $38,000.
WATER SERVICE—The Public Works committee rejected a request from the Jarimello residence on Gamber Street for a connection to the village water supply due to the projected $35,000 cost to the village.
The family is having some water pressure problems with their well and committee members suggested allowing them to drill a new well.
The issue will move on to the zoning board before council is asked for final approval.
LEAVES—Curbside leaf pickup will not be handled by village workers this year due to budget problems, but leaf bags will be sold. Village workers will collect bagged leaves probably twice a month, but the schedule is not yet final.
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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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    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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