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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 05.04.2011

Written 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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