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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.

Hearing set for Seneca Township wind farm ordinance 2012.01.04

Written by David Green.

A hearing is scheduled at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 to discuss a proposed wind turbine ordinance for Seneca Township.

Planning commission member Scott Zuvers said the group modeled the ordinance after the one used by Palmyra Township, but with a few modifications.

Zuvers said he hasn’t seen any wind studies of the township, but he was told that land south of Weston Road is the most suitable for turbine placement.

At this time, no inquiries about wind farm development have been made to the township board.

The ordinance would require a site plan review before construction of a wind energy facility could begin. The review includes a description of any road improvements that would be necessary and an agreement to repair any damage to roads caused by construction. Damage must be repaired within one year.

The hub of a turbine is limited to 330 feet in height and the setback distance from an inhabited house is 1,320 feet or three times the total height, including the turbine blade. The setback from public roads and electrical lines is a minimum of 1.5 times the total height.

The noise level from a wind farm would be limited to 50 decibels, or the ambient sound level plus five decibels, whichever is greater, as measured from a participating property—a property with a lease agreement with the farm owner—and 45 decibels at a non-participating property.

The ambient or background noise would be measured during a 24-hour period.

Turbines are to be placed in a location that will prevent interference with broadcast signals, radio reception, wireless communication, etc.

The ordinance also includes a provision pertaining to shadow flicker—the moving shadow created by the sun shining through the rotating blades of a turbine. Shadow flicker adversely affects some individuals.

A wind energy facility developer would be required to present a detailed report outlining shadow impacts on adjoining property and mitigation efforts that could reduce the flicker. 

MEETING—At the township board’s Dec. 12 meeting, clerk Allison Ott spoke about the millage renewal that will appear on the ballot in February.

The board seeks renewal of a two-mill levy for roads and bridges, but the ballot will also list an additional 0.0798 mills.

 That amount is not actually an increase, Ott said, but a measure to correct the wording of the levy to retain all of the revenue in Seneca Township. With the current wording, a portion of the tax money goes to the state.

The February vote will be scheduled in conjunction with the state’s presidential primary election.

RENTAL—After the board was asked about renting the township hall for a private event, the board voted against making the hall available for rent.

COURT—The next court date for the VanPelt and Weller properties is scheduled June 11. The property owners were cited for not being in compliance with the township rubbish ordinance.

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