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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 02.02.2011

Written by David Green.

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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