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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 2011.06.22

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Gamble Road leading to Fayette’s new school might become a little wider than first proposed.

Street lights in the original plan cost $90,000, said village administrator Amy Metz at a committee meeting June 8, and by eliminating a few of the lights, the road could be expanded to 22 feet in width rather than 20 feet as first proposed.

The new design might reduce lighting from 10 lights to five.

Most of the road expansion will be on the south side, Metz said.

Although construction was delayed, Metz said the project should be completed before the Bull Thistle Festival. One lane of traffic is expected to be maintained during construction.

FULTON—Taylor Excavating is the only firm that submitted a bid on the Northwest Fulton Street sewer project. Several companies expressed interest in the project, Metz said, but she was told that it was considered too small.

The village’s engineering firm examined the Taylor bid and recommends accepting it.

CDBG—Metz told council that only 30 percent of residents responded to an income survey needed for a community development block grant (CDBG). The target response rate was 87 percent, but she will forward the data in hopes that it will be acceptable. The funds are for the West Industrial Parkway project.

LTCPMetz spoke recently with a representative from the U.S.D.A. about possible funding for the village’s long term control plan (LTCP) to eliminate combined septic and storm sewers in the village and to bring Camp Palmer sewage to the village for treatment.

The village could apply for a $7.45 million loan through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, but the 30-year loan would require annual payments of $250,000, Metz said, which the village cannot afford.

The Camp Palmer portion of the project would cost an estimated $451,000, but would not be paid by village residents.

The village didn’t make the cut in the last funding cycle for a principal forgiveness loan that would reduce the principal and interest on the money borrowed.

LEAK—Metz checked with various sources about the possibility of a power surge affecting a water meter. The suggestion was made by a resident in regard to an extra high water bill. After her conversations, Metz said that she had to conclude that the water passed through the meter.

She said the most convincing argument is that a family member mentioned the toilet “sticking.”

Metz advised council to arrange a payment plan with the resident to take care of the $921 water bill and $315 sewer bill.

Credit was already given in a past leak and the meter was replaced.

“We’re a utility company and we’re providing a service,” she said. “We need to be running it like a business.”

POLICE—Police chief Jason Simon said that a private security firm at Phantom Fireworks inquired about police officers working for the company when they are not on duty with the village. The first priority would be to the village, he said.

Simon said he would volunteer on his day off June 17 to join an escort of patrol cars that will accompany a 12-foot section of a World Trade Center beam from Swanton to Wauseon.

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