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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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Fayette village council 02.02.2011

Written by David Green.


Fayette is getting some help in its efforts to stop sewage overflows with the promise of a loan from the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF).

Village administrator Amy Metz told council members Jan. 24 that a five-year, zero-percent interest loan of $570,780 will be available for the design phase of the town’s sewer separation project, known as the long term control plan.

The design loan will be rolled into the 20-year construction loan at a later date. A nomination form for construction phase funding was submitted to the WPCLF. The status of the request should be known by the end of February.

“Timing is everything,” Metz said later, “and we have been patient in receiving this loan for the design phase, waiting to maximize all principal forgiveness/grant opportunities for the future.”

Survey work is underway for the Fulton Street water and sewer project on W. Industrial Drive. The project is expected to be completed in September.

A proposed six percent increase in water rates, plus a $2.50 increase in the enhancement fee, and a proposed 40 percent increase in sewer rates will be discussed at the Feb. 21 Finance Committee meeting.

PRESIDENT—Julia Ruger was chosen to serve as president of council to lead meetings in the absence of the mayor. Paula Ferguson and Tommy Molitierno were absent from the meeting.

SIDEWALKS—Councilors heard the second reading of an ordinance amending an existing law regarding sidewalk maintenance. The proposal calls for the removal of snow and ice within 12 hours of a snowfall.

PRISON WORKERS—Metz was authorized to arrange a Community Public Works agreement with the Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio. Prisoners who are not considered a threat to the public will be available to help with brush chipping, snow removal, mowing and painting.

DEVELOPMENT—Fulton County Economic Director Lisa Arend told council the focus of her office is in job retention and in expanding what currently exists. Cash flow generally isn’t available for new development in the current economic environment.

Arend said that Frank Roach—owner of the former Fayette Tubular property—also owns property to the north and he’s interested in constructing a spec building for future industry, but she suggests that the village annex the land before development begins. The building would be designed to meet modern industrial needs that aren’t present in older structures.

Mike Maginn asked about an industrial project that was expected in the village. Arend and mayor Ruth Marlatt said the proposal was dropped.

Maginn also wondered about warehouse possibilities for Fayette. Arend said the area is good for warehouse projects because of the turnpike to the south, route 127 to the west and the railroad to the north, however, she doesn’t expect any warehousing within the village.

Metz said there’s been discussion about developing a joint venture with Gorham Township.

Arend told council that employee training support is available through the state’s One Stop program. Up to 50 percent of a trainee’s wages would be paid during the training process.

Ruger asked who is responsible for bringing business to Fayette and who should get involved. Arend said everyone’s help is needed. She encourages people to attend Fulton County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) meetings.

APPOINTMENTS—Council approved the following appointments made by Mayor Marlatt: Metz will continue to represent the village on the Fulton County CIC; Marlatt will serve with the Regional Planning Commission; Kirk Keiser from the school board and Marc Brubaker representing the village will serve on the park board; and Dave Wheeler will serve on the village zoning board. Council committees will remain unchanged.

WATER—Water usage remained high in December, Metz said, even after a water line break was repaired on West Main Street. Village workers continue to monitor the situation.

TREES—Tree removal approved by council last year is underway. The project also includes stump grinding. Property owners have the first rights to the downed wood. Anyone interested in obtaining wood should contact the village office.

FESTIVAL—At the advice of the village solicitor, liability insurance for the annual Bull Thistle Festival will be added to the village plan at a cost of $466. Council’s Finance Committee will discuss whether the cost should be forwarded to the festival committee.

TAXES—A revision to the village income tax collection ordinance states that refunds less than $3 will not be given.  A proposal calling for income tax reciprocity—to require Fayette residents working in another community where an income tax is paid to pay an additional 0.5 percent to Fayette—is not included in the revision.

CONTRACT—Council approved a contract with BrightNet for placement of an antenna on the village water tower. In return, the village will receive free internet service for the village office, the police department and the maintenance building; a monthly $75 lease payment; and a monthly fee of $1.50 for each village resident served by BrightNet.

CHANGES—Regular council meetings are now scheduled at 6 p.m. rather than 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. The minutes from committee meetings will no longer be read aloud at meetings, but committee chairs will present a summary.

Finally, council will follow the Ohio Revised Code and no longer read aloud proposed ordinances. They will be read by title only.

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