Fayette village council 11.18.2009

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s village administrator will move to full-time status in January, but without an increase in pay.

Village council members voted Thursday to approve the change in Amy Metz’s contract to full-time status for 2010.

Her salary will remain the same, but the full-time designation allows for paid holidays, sick time and health insurance.

Village fiscal officer Lisa Zuver said the change will cost just over $7,000 and the funds are in the budget for 2010.

Council member Jerry Gonzales said Metz frequently puts in more hours than expected for part-time status.

CRUISER—Due to a decrease in repair and maintenance costs, $3,500 was transferred to the police department capital improvements fund to go toward the purchase of a new police cruiser.

EMPLOYEE—Natasia Ramos was added to the list of part-tome employees. She has worked for the village in the past as a part-time employee.

WATER USE—A representative from the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store spoke to council’s Finance committee about the increase in water and sewer charges.

The minimum charge is for 1,000 gallons of water used, but the store uses only about 300 gallons every quarter. No action was taken by council.

CUTTING FUNDS—Gonzales said the proposed budget shows cuts of at least 16 percent. Council had to plan for a significant decrease in revenue, he said, and he praised department heads for working hard to find ways to trim spending.

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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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