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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 09.29.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s village workers, with the help of volunteers, will handle demolition and decommissioning of the community swimming pool.

Village administrator Amy Metz received two estimates from outside firms, one charging $14,500 and the other $6,500.

Using the village work and village equipment, she came up with an estimate of $6,862, however, she knows the cost will be much less due to help from volunteers.

She’s heard from five people willing to help with the job, as some village employees willing to donate time.

Metz said she received two quotes for construction of a new pool, both coming in at around $500,000. An estimate to repair the pool from 2008 came in at $119,000, but that didn’t include repair of the deck and the filter system nor installation of a drain to meet current safety requirements.

Mayor Ruth Marlatt and council member Julia Ruger have both expressed concern about having the pool  decommissioned correctly so it won’t become a liability later.

Metz sought guidance from the Fulton County Health Department and was given seven steps from director Kimberly Cupp.

For example, she suggestion removing at least one wall of the pool or perforating the floor to prevent water from collecting. Buried pipes and the fiberglass walls may be left in place, she said, although all pipes should be disconnected.

She also urged the village to document the process, both in writing and with photographs.

Council voted at the Sept. 21 meeting to buy meals for volunteers working on the pool.

DH HOLDINGS—Council voted unanimously—with Mike Maginn and Tommy Molitierno absent—to approve a two-year license agreement with DH Holdings for use of the old school property and parking area.

The village will be responsible for mowing the grass and removing snow; DH will be responsible for upkeep of the parking area. Metz said that DH has no plans to repave the parking lot, but the issue could be addressed in the future. She said the village crew will fill potholes if needed.

ARCADIS—After reviewing bids, council voted retain the engineering services of Arcadis for the sewage overflow long-term control plan.

BRUSH—Council passed a motion that brush will be collected during a 48-hour period following a storm event.

ALLEY—The alley behind Keifer’s Korner Video will become a one-way street—with traffic flowing to the east—starting Friday.

FARM LAND—Council approved a request from Don and Jane Stiriz for their farm land within the village limits to retain its agricultural designation.

Following a split of the land for the Dollar General construction, 43.5 acres remains as agricultural although it’s zoned for residential use. The property owners are required to renew the land use request every five years.

PARKS—Rebecca Lovelass has resigned from the Park Board. Anyone interested in joining the board should contact Mayor Marlatt.

Board members are considering the purchase of mesh signs to replace the wooden advertising signs in the ball diamond outfield.

Flag football registration resulted in the formation of two teams for grades K-8 and three teams for grades 4-6. Games started last Sunday.

Members discussed what should be done with the tennis courts on the south side of Spring Creek. The courts are in bad repair, said Metz, and there was discussion about whether they should be torn out and used as fill for the pool decommissioning.

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