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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

Fayette council 2012.02.22

Written by David Green.

Fayette might be better served by purchasing its own water leak detector rather than pay a company to do the work.

Maintenance supervisor/interim administrator Tom Clemensen suggested that council consider buying its own leak detector as an alternative to hiring Aqua-Line to track down water line leaks.

At the committee of the whole meeting Feb. 8, councilor Rodney Kessler explained the issue in Clemensen’s absence, stating that any visit from Aqua-Line costs a minimum of $518. The village could buy its own unit for $1,274 and possibly reimburse some of the cost by contracting its use to other communities.

The recent leak on Main Street produced no water on the surface and instead leaked directly into a sewer line. Clemensen suspects that another large leak exists.

The device operates by “listening” for the sound of water flowing.

Other items in Clemensen’s report included his efforts to create an updated standard operating procedure for the wastewater system; purchasing safety equipment for the village crew; and an update on a street collapse issue at Main and Lawrence that might become a recurring problem.

Clemensen also mentioned a problem at the sewage lift station near the south end of the trailer park. Pumps are not operating at their full capacity. However, he said, it’s not an issue that would lead to an overflow.

Clemensen explored the possibility of using calcium chloride additive to road salt, but learned it’s not cost effective for the limited amount that Fayette would use. As of Feb. 8, snow removal and salt application was needed only two times this season.

A new box for the one-ton dump truck was ordered and the Public Works committee will review a bid for a new chipper that would cost $18,250 plus $2,000 freight from California.

Clemensen gave an update Feb. 20 at the Public Works committee meeting. He’s recommending a box from Dan’s Truck Repair   of Perrysburg at a cost of $4,995 which is $5 under budget. Most other units cost at least $7,000, he said. Dan’s will install the new box if the old one is first removed.

Clemensen said the brush chipper is a 2004 model that was used by a municipality. The four-cylinder engine enables the unit to handle limbs up to nine inches in circumference—the maximum allowed for placement at the curb by village ordinance.

Clemensen said it’s the best deal he’s found for the low number of hours used. In addition, the unit has a well-known American motor that will be good for servicing needs.

GEOTHERMAL—TRW is seeking a zoning variance to install 10 wells for a geothermal heating system. The wells would be located on the north side of the building and would not be visible once they are installed.

AFFAIRS BOARD—Marlatt told council members she has information for them to read about the operation of a board of public affairs. She suggested that council consider forming a board instead of hiring an administrator.

She made the suggestion because of the village’s financial situation.

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