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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 2011.08.11

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette village council received some good news about its sewer system at the July 27 meeting. An inspection of the main interceptor line that collects sewage from smaller lines around the village shows the line are in very good shape.

Several sewer lines have been cleaned and inspected recently. Work on the interceptor continues, and progress is slow due to debris in the line.

 CamTech, the company handling the project, said the concrete interceptor is about half full of debris. Typically, the company can clean from 2,000 to 2,500 feet of line in a day. Only about 200 feet a day can be cleaned in Fayette.

“The good news is that it’s in really good shape,” Metz said. “It’s a very good line.”

LIFT STATION—The NW Fulton Street Lift Station project is expected to begin this month. Letters to residents living in the area were sent last week.

The project will add a lift station to an existing gravity sewer line in an area near TRW. A grant will cover 48 percent of the $111,000 project. The remaining $56,610 will be borrowed and paid over a 20-year period.

LTCP—Metz will seek federal funding again this year for the long term control plan (LTCP)—the large $7.4 million project to complete replacement of the sewer lines in town that combine storm water with septic sewage.

Preliminary construction drawings will be produced this month, but construction is contingent on funding.

The price tag includes tying the Camp Palmer sewer line into the village system, but village residents will not pay for that portion of the project.

NYCE DRIVE—Council heard the first reading of a revised resolution regarding the dedication of land from Fayette Industrial Properties for 3.8 acres of property to extend a municipal road between Railroad and Park streets, and to be named Nyce Drive.

A previous resolution included an incorrect property description.

GOLF CARTS—Council accepted the final reading of an ordinance regulating the operation of golf carts on village streets. Carts are not allowed on state roads, however, they are allowed to cross over state roads.

Councilor Brubaker voted against the ordinance.

Village solicitor Tom Thompson explained that golf carts must conform to state motor vehicle laws if operated on streets. It’s better for the village to have an ordinance in place, he said, rather than ignore the issue.

SIDEWALKS—Metz said that 63 percent of the sidewalks targeted for replacement or repair have been completed. That does not include property owners who were given additional time to complete work. Fayette Street work should be completed by the end of August.

A $50,000 grant from First Energy was placed in the sidewalk repair fund.

HIRE—Council hired Eric Makula as a part-time, on-call employee.

MOWER—Council approved the purchase of a Husqvarna MZ6128ZT lawn mower from the Saw Shop, at a cost of $4,000.

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