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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 2012.02.08

Written by David Green.

Fayette village council members filled a vacant commission post and voted to accept a proposal for a bleacher upgrade.

Karen King was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Fayette Tree Commission.

Mayor Ruth Marlatt told council that she’s willing to represent Fayette at the Fulton County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) meetings while interim administrator Tom Clemensen is taking classes and is unable to attend.

Marlatt said she already attends the regional planning commission meetings and can attend the CIC while she is in Wauseon.

Clemensen might want to attend the meetings when his class is completed, she said.

The park board gave its approval to a proposal by Pioneer Boy Scout Joseph Stough to repair and paint park bleachers. Council followed with its approval. Stough will handle the cost of the work through fund-raising efforts.

ADMINISTRATOR—In his administrator’s report, Tom Clemensen thanked Brad Ruger of Lake Erie Electrical for going beyond what was expected in helping with the repair of a cracked rotor in the well house phase converter.

Ruger’s company is familiar with the equipment, said mayor Ruth Marlatt, and his assistance is greatly appreciated.

Clemensen noted there was a road collapse at Main and Lawrence due to a wash out. He said this might be a reoccurring problem.

Clemensen said a bid for the next phase of tree trimming came in at $16,122, but only $10,000 is budgeted. He will work with the company to reduce the cost.

Clemensen said he is working on a program to educate customers on excessive water usage.

FEE—Councilor Diane Brubaker said the Government Affairs committee is considering a fee for door-to-door sales people that would cover up to four people. Delta charges $100 and the committee is thinking about the same.

RESOLUTIONS—Council approved a resolution supporting changes in the federal Clean Water Act that would offer more flexibility for communities trying to comply with the law.

Council heard the first reading of a resolution opposing state control of municipal income tax collection.

CANDIDATES—Council members heard from five local candidates. 

Rick Sluter: The Delta police chief is seeking to become the Fulton County Sheriff. He intends to provide better training for the 911 staff and push for better coordination among the county’s various law enforcement agencies.

Abigail (Merillat) Bieber: Bieber is hoping to take over as Fulton County Clerk of Courts. She has a paralegal degree and has taken classes in criminal justice.

She intends to upgrade the software system to enable attorneys to obtain information on-line.

Dean Genter: Genter hopes to win a fourth term as county commissioner. He has experience working with state and federal legislators, and he mentioned completion of the northeast water project and upgrades to the EMS program as recent accomplishments.

Genter said the commissioners had the foresight to raise the county sales tax to offset state and local revenue losses, and need to continue working to keep the county in good financial standing.

Paul Barnaby: Barnaby, another commissioner seeking reëlection, said that communities need to work together.

Scott Haselman: The Swanton resident hopes to remain as the county prosecutor. He said that he’s improved staff communication and reorganized the office for financial savings.

Haselman said he will continue to seek treatment for drug users and jail time for drug sellers.

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