The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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 village council 04.28.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

One-hundred and fifteen Fayette property owners will soon be hearing from the village hall regarding their sidewalk. That’s how many non-conforming walks were found during a recent inspection.

Council’s Public Safety committee, along with the police chief, mayor and two citizens walked the length of Fayette and Main streets on April 5 to inspect walks.

Non-conforming problems could include features such as:

• the misalignment of slabs where one section is more than an inch higher than another;

• gaps between slabs of more than an inch;

• cracked slabs that are fragmented into four or more sections, with gaps greater than an inch;

• and pitted slabs that show a depth greater than an inch.

A copy of the complete sidewalk ordinance can be viewed at the village hall.

Property owners will have 60 days to repair walks after letters are mailed.

Council intends to focus on sidewalks in a different quadrant of the village in each of the next four years.

FEES—Council members heard the first reading of an ordinance to increase tap-in fees and meter costs.

The existing tap-in fee is $150 for joining the sewer and water systems. The proposed fee would increase to a minimum of $750 for a sewer tap-in and $250 for a water line tap-in.

LOAN—Council approved an ordinance to borrow $19,000 for the purchase of a new police vehicle.

AQUIFER—The U.S. EPA denied a request by the Fayette village administrator for a public hearing in Fulton County regarding the proposed sole source aquifer designation for the Michindoh Aquifer. A hearing took place in Bryan in January.

Village council submitted a letter to the EPA stating its opposition to the proposal.

LEAKS—Metz reported that an unusually high number of water line leaks were discovered on private property. If a resident suspects a leak, Metz suggests turning off water faucets in the house and watching the dial on the meter for movement.

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