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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Fayette council: Let the mayor join in on closed sessions 2011.11.09

Written by David Green.

An odd situation arose at the last Fayette village council meeting.

One council member called for a session closed to the public in order to discuss hiring an interim village administrator. Another councilor said it should be for council members only.

The person making the motion said, “Well, elected officials only.”

“No,” responded the other councilor. “I said council members only.”

So off they went to meet alone, leaving the mayor behind.

There are some obvious differences between Michigan and Ohio when it comes to local government, and apparently in Ohio the mayor is not considered part of council. 

We’re not challenging the ability of the council to leave the mayor out of an executive session—the village attorney didn’t flag the action—but we are challenging the wisdom of such a move.

Everyone at the council table was elected by the residents of the village (or appointed to fill a vacancy) in order to make decisions governing the village. What’s the reason to keep one of them out of the decision-making process?

In Ohio, the mayor votes only to break a tie, and suppose that action would have been needed that night. How could the mayor make an informed vote after she was shut out from the discussion?

It’s true that she was invited to join the group later in the meeting, but this action seems not only rude but inappropriate. Everyone at the table is there to make decisions for the village and offer opinions about the issues. Let everyone participate in the process.

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