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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 05.04.2011

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

A Fayette resident is seeking legal advice about a water bill he received due to an undiscovered leak.

Steve Lester attended the April 4 council meeting to discuss a water bill for $2,177 at rental property he owns on Union Street. He told council at that time that the bill is generally between $75 and $80.

Village workers have since replaced the leaking meter that was originally located in a pit near the road. The new meter is located at the trailer home where it can easily be viewed.

At the April 4 meeting, Lester was told that he wouldn’t be charged the sewer use fee of $1,095 since the water didn’t pass through the sewage system. An estimated 500,000 gallons leaked during the quarterly billing cycle.

At a committee meeting April 11, the decision was made to reduce the bill to $937, described as half the bill.

Lester attended the April 25 meeting and stated his disagreement with that amount. He asked at the previous meeting how a landlord or renter can be expected to discover a leak in a pit by the road when no meter is visible.

Lester was asked if he could make payments on the bill and he said he would first consult an attorney. A motion to adjust Lester’s bill was tabled.

MEETING DATE—Fayette council members have voted to change the meeting date again.

After many years of meeting on two Thursdays a month, council voted last year to move the date to Monday due to conflicts with school events. Meetings are now set for Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

A committee of the whole—a discussion session for all council members without voting—will meet on the second Wednesday of the month and the regular council meeting is scheduled on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

INCORPORATION—Following a presentation by members of the Fayette Historical Society, council members voted to acknowledge the community’s date of incorporation as Aug. 7, 1873. The date had previously been established as 1872.

POLICE—Changes to the police employee handbook were made by the village attorney’s office and will be discussed at the May 25 meeting.

SICK LEAVE—Council heard the first reading of a resolution to allow village employees to donate earned sick time to another employee.

GARAGE SALE—Council waived the permit requirement for the annual village-wide garage sale scheduled during the Memorial Day weekend.

GUN—Council approved the sale of an old police department handgun to a safety officer for $300.

PAVING—Council discussed a petition from Irene Court residents that was circulated by Gene Beaverson. The petition questions whether residents really want sidewalks and also mentions the need for street repair.

Councilor Rodney Kessler said the next phase of the sidewalk project is now on hold due to the economy.

Village solicitor Tom Thompson said that council has the option of paving Irene Court and assessing the cost on the taxes of those who own property on the street.

Village fiscal officer Lisa Zuver said the income tax reciprocity proposal was intended to support street repair, but the measure was voted down by council.

Street repair funds come from state and local tax revenue, she said, but there isn’t enough money to schedule paving projects.

AUTO PARTS—Following the closure of Fayette Auto Parts, councilor Mike Maginn suggested at a recent committee meeting to contact Advance Auto Parts and ask if the company is interested in opening a branch in Fayette.

GOLF CARTS—Police Chief Jason Simon reviewed requirements for the operation of golf carts on village streets. An ordinance will be drafted.

Chief Simon mentioned the need for headlights, turn signals, brake lights, horn, windshield and rearview mirror, and noted that operators must be licensed and have insurance.

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