Fayette council 2013.05.30

Written by David Green.

The Ohio EPA’s Surface Water Division conducted its annual inspection of Fayette’s water treatment lagoons and found only a few minor problems.

“Overall it was a pretty good inspection,” village administrator Steve Blue told council members last week. “They said the lagoon area was in good shape.”

Blue said the agency reviewed records and found some violations related particular days, such as an excess of total suspended solids one day in July and an excess of oil and grease during a four-day stretch in March.

The village will be required to explain the anomalies and tell how to prevent them in the future.

Blue gave an update on the village sewer separation project, stating that contractor Gleason is not currently requesting over-night work. Instead, the company hopes to convince the Ohio Department of Transportation to close U.S. 20 completely. The company will seek closure for about five days when the work progresses west to an area near the funeral home.

Blue said the park board is talking with private individuals for the operation of the park concession stand after negotiations with the sophomore class came to an end.

BILLING—Council’s Public Works committee will meet again to continue discussing changes to the policy governing bill collections. New wording might be ready for council to consider at its June 26 meeting.

PLANNER—The new Regional Planning Commission director David Wright introduced himself to council. He worked as a planner in Lima and Ft. Wayne prior to taking the Fulton County position.

He hopes to address what he sees as some possible outreach shortfalls in the rural portions of the county.

SEAT BELTS—Police chief Jason Simon said a recent Click-it-or-Ticket effort at the high school showed that drivers in 42 vehicles were wearing seat belts and drivers in two vehicles were not.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    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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