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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 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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