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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.-2.15

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette village council members moved a little closer last week in their effort to hire a village administrator.

Maintenance supervisor Tom Clemensen has served as interim administrator since the resignation of Amy Metz in October.

At the special council meeting Feb. 8, mayor Ruth Marlatt read a few proposed changes to the job description, such as the addition of the phrase “hands-on administrator.” This suggests that the administrator would be expected to help with brush chipping, repairing water line breaks, snowplowing, etc., when needed.

Village fiscal officer Lisa Zuver said that approach probably wouldn’t leave time for grant writing and someone else would have to be hired to do that.

Marlatt pointed out that Roberta Acosta of the Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program helps with water and sewer grants, however, Zuver said, someone will have to gather the information that Acosta needs for applications.

Marlatt also suggested inclusion of obtaining water and wastewater licensing within a three year period. With extra duties, it might take longer than three years, Zuver said.

Marlatt will present an updated job description to council members for a vote at the Feb. 22 meeting. By then, council’s Finance Committee members will have time to meet with Zuver and establish a salary range for the position. 

Council intended to advertise the position by the end of the month, but councilor Diane Brubaker said that because Clemensen is doing a good job as interim, filling the post isn’t urgent.

PARKS—Council hired Nick Ramos as park director at a wage of $5,000 a year, plus benefits of $1,350.

Ramos said the old bleachers were removed through a Boy Scout’s Eagle project. The metal supports were sold for recycling and the wooden planks will be stored for future use.

Old playground equipment should be removed soon and Armstrong Excavating will install new equipment.

RESIGNATION—The resignation of utilities supervisor Bob Seigneur was accepted by council. Tom Rupp, operating as TPR LLC, was hired to handle water testing, as needed. He will be paid an hourly rate.

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