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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 2012.05.30

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The Ohio Department of Transportation  (ODOT) is willing to erect directional signs to Fayette’s school, but the money needed to buy the signs will have to come from another source.

Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt told village council members last week that letters were sent to ODOT by the county commissioners, the school and the village urging for signs to be erected, but ODOT responded that it’s not the agency’s responsibility. The letter-writers are seeking signs along US-20 and SR 66—both maintained by ODOT.

Marlatt said the effort was partially instigated by an accident that occurred last winter after visitors to a basketball game missed the turn to take them to the school.

She said it’s difficult to get a sign erected by ODOT, noting that it took at least three years to have a “Fayette” sign put up along U.S.-127.

ODOT needs to approve the area where the sign will appear and the sign must also fit ODOT’s specifications.

The village’s own signs for the school and the cemetery, as well as the handicapped parking signs, cannot be used because they don’t fit ODOT’s specifications, said interim village administrator Tom Clemensen.

Once a sign is approved and in place, ODOT will handle the maintenance, he said. The problem is getting it up in the first place.

Discussion will continue about the cost of signs and how to pay for them.

SURVEY—Additional income surveys are still needed in an effort to prevent a large increase in water bills.

At the committee-of-the-whole meeting May 9, council learned that an income survey collected a couple of years ago could be added to new surveys returned recently.

That changed when Roberta Acosta of the Rural Community Assistance Program discovered that several of the old surveys were completed incorrectly. 

If village income is found to be below a certain level, water rates will increase by $10 a month rather than $30 a month, Mayor Marlatt reported. A rate increase is needed in order to receive certain grants and loans for sewer work.

Only 95 of the confidential surveys were returned during a recent effort and 247 are needed. Marlatt asked council members to divide up the names provided by Acosta and go door-to-door.

Participation in the survey process could save residents money on future water bills, Marlatt said.

“It needs to be done,” she said. “We’ve got to do the best job we can.”

ZONING—Lucy Molitierno was appointed to fill a vacancy on the village zoning board.

TURNPIKE—Council voted to send a letter of opposition to the governor regarding his plan to lease the Ohio Turnpike to a private company.

The letter expresses concerns about the possibility of higher tolls, reduced maintenance and an increase of traffic on parallel roads such as U.S.-20 passing through Fayette. In addition, several local jobs could be lost through the transaction.

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