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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 2012.12.05

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette is expected to be able to begin requesting funds for the sewer separation project this week pending final approval of the bid package by the Ohio EPA and the Ohio Water Development Authority.

Funds from grants the village has received will be used initially to pay the legal fees incurred in obtaining easements and to pay a fee to the Rural Community Assistance Program for its role in administering the sewer project.

Village administrator Steve Blue told council members last week that the first step in the project is a pre-construction meeting for the village engineering firm, Arcadis, to review bid specs with contractors.

Council members discussed last month the possibility of replacing old water lines on Ohio Street prior to the sewer construction. Antiquated lines in that area break frequently and digging for the sewer work could further damage the line. Blue said an attempt will be made to have the water line work part of the sewer project. Maintenance coordinator Matt Moats estimates between $20,000 and $30,000 worth of materials will be needed. If the job can't become part of the sewer project, council will have to decide if village workers should tackle the work. The ground is very sandy in that area, Blue said, and the work could be dangerous.

BACKHOE—Council voted unanimously to purchase a new backhoe through a state purchase plan and pay up to $6,000 for a down payment. Council will decide later whether to borrow money for the $58,000 purchase or to pay for the unit out of the street fund. Alternately, a portion could be paid and the remainder borrowed.

The money will come from a fund with limited uses. Village CFO Lisa Zuver said it can only be used for street-related projects and equipment.

"Any time you have money in special funds, use it," advised village solicitor Tom Thompson.

PAY—Council met in a closed session for nearly 90 minutes, calling in Zuver on three occasions, police chief Jason Simon once, and mayor Ruth Marlatt once. When they returned to the regular meeting, counselors voted to approve a pay increase for police officers effective Jan. 1. Details will be given at the Dec. 19 meeting.

Council also voted 6-0 in favor of a vote of confidence for Zuver.

TRUCK—Council voted to approve an increase in the zoning ordinance fee schedule and to sell the 1984 dump truck.

PLANNER—Fulton County regional planning director Steve Brown attended his final meeting last month before his resignation took effect. David Wright of Ayersville is expected to take his place.

MEETING—Fayette's next council meeting is scheduled Dec. 19. There will be no committee-of-the-whole meeting this month.

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