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  • KayseInField
    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.

No support for Fayette income tax proposal 01.05.2011

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

A proposal to increase the village income tax for some residents failed to gain support at a special Fayette council meeting Thursday.

Village Fiscal Officer Lisa Zuver noted that some community governments, such as Stryker, have passed income tax reciprocity ordinances that bring additional revenue to the community where a worker resides.

If a Fayette resident works in another community that collects an income tax, the resident pays the tax where he or she works and Fayette receives nothing.

With the reciprocity measure, the worker would be required to pay an additional 0.5 percent tax to Fayette. For example, if a person earned $30,000 annually, $150 would be paid to Fayette in addition to the tax paid to another community.

The measure was expected to generate at least $25,000 for the village.

Zuver and village administrator Amy Metz answered council members’ questions about the proposal, but when it came time to call for a motion to move forward, none was forthcoming.

Mayor Ruth Marlatt said later that discussion about the issue included the understanding that water and sewer rates are likely to be increasing, and that will bring an increased financial burden to residents without adding more through the income tax proposal.

At the Dec. 22 meeting, council voted 4-0 to withdraw the previous tax ordinance in anticipation of approving the new version. Paula Ferguson abstained from the vote. Tommy Molitierno and Julia Ruger were absent.

Because the new amendment wasn’t passed—and it included a repeal of the old ordinance—the old tax code remains in effect, Metz explained later.

Council also approved an ordinance listing the salaries of village employees and made final appropriations adjustments to close out the year and.

ANTENNA—Council authorized Metz to sign an antenna lease agreement with Bright.Net when negotiations are completed.

In exchange for use of the village water tower, council is seeking cable service for three village locations; $75 a month rent; a $1.50 fee for each Fayette resident subscribing to Bright.Net’s internet service; and a seven-year contract.

PARKS—At the Dec. 22 council meeting, park director Scott Wagner listed projects on the park board’s agenda for 2011. The board intends to fill in the swimming pool, resurface basketball courts, purchase new picnic tables and tackle some fence work around ball fields and the park.

The Pizza Stop fund raiser brought in about $2,000 and additional revenue came through tournaments and renting facilities.

There are two vacancies on the park board. Anyone interested in serving on the board should contact the village office.

 

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