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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.

Morenci city council 2012.09.26

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci council members continued a discussion about amending an ordinance  governing door-to-door sales.

Council learned from its attorney, Fred Lucas, that sales cannot be banned. If some communities state that door-to-door sales are banned, said police chief Larry Weeks, it’s likely an old ordinance that isn’t allowed by the U.S. Constitution.

Following council’s lead, Lucas created a proposed amendment that would require a seller to register at city hall and provide information about the sales staff, the organization represented, proposed time of sales, etc.

Councilor Brenda Spiess said the process would add more work for city hall staff with only a minimal gain.

Council member Tracy Schell said there would be value in knowing names and general information about groups engaged in sales.

Schell suggested giving salespeople some sort of registration document that residents could ask to see. If none were given, the seller could be directed to city hall. A fee could cover the costs of extra work at city hall.

Mayor Keith Pennington presented the same concern that Chief Weeks mentioned in earlier discussions.

“I’m concerned that what we have now somehow conveys to citizens an endorsement of a solicitor,” Pennington said. “That’s the furthest thing I want to do. If we took it one step further and gave them something to carry around, that takes the endorsement even further. I’m on the fence on whether it’s worthwhile at all.”

Weeks said that if the ordinance is repealed, the attorney should be asked about what his officers can do if a peddler goes to a home where a “no soliciting” sign is displayed.

The mayor invited residents to express their suggestions and concerns about door-to-door sales.

POLICE—Former suburban Detroit resident Dan Bachelda was hired as a part-time police officer and sworn into office by city clerk Renée Schroeder.

Police chief Larry Weeks said that Bachelda comes with a wide range of experiences and he’s pleased to have him join the force.

GOODWILL—Schroeder reminded council members that the Goodwill donation drive bins are located at the recycling center this week.

Schroeder mentioned that the United Way Day of Action event in Morenci—painting at Wakefield Park—was postponed until Oct. 5 due to rain. She also told council that the city received another tree-planting grant from Consumers Power.

PAINTING—B&R Painting of Delta, Ohio, was hired to paint the exterior of city hall at a cost of $1,850 for two coats. Council hired someone to do the job at the previous meeting, but the individual was not insured. B&R submitted the low bid.

AWNINGS—Addison Awning was hired to replace three awnings at city hall at a cost of $1,140. The existing framework will be used.

ELECTION—Joyce Woerner, Leasa Slocum, Tonia Hoffman and Laurie Schisler were hired to serve as poll workers for the Nov. 6 general election, under the direction of Gail Johnson.

PUMP—Morenci’s water system is currently operating with a single pump after a shaft broke in the second unit. Both units are expected to be back in operation this week.

CREDIT CARDS—City treasurer Crystal White expects that residents should be able to begin making credit card payments for utility bills by Dec. 1. 

Programmers are finding some glitches in the new system and seeking solutions

PSYCHIC—Stair Public Library director Colleen Leddy mentioned that a psychic medium will present a program next month. Mayor Pennington said that he has concerns about allowing a psychic to present a program.

He asked if Leddy has plans to bring other religious leaders to the library for programs. Leddy responded that she didn’t consider the psychic’s program to be of a religious nature.

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