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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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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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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.

2009.08.19 Tim Decker: Police station move

Written by David Green.

I went to a council meeting immediately after the original vote to move the Police Department and expressed my concerns and those of the DDA regarding the move from the current location to the NWD building in back of the park. I am puzzled why we would even consider an engineering report on the move if all of the cost was taken into consideration when the move was originally voted on.

Also, at this meeting it was stated that the council had not heard from anyone who opposed the move. The vote and the move all happened so fast originally that the public was not aware of what was happening and was not given time to digest the loss and negative ramifications of this move to the taxpayers and the city as a whole. Here are some issues I would like to address.

First, the staffing issue. If I remember correctly, when we changed police chiefs there was a staffing issue and a person was hired to work part-time for city hall and part-time for the police department, making a new full-time staff position. What happened to this position? Will we need to hire someone for the new facility or wasn’t this position needed originally?

Second, the current police garage and storage facility has a heating system, water and sewer. It is a very large building, but it is in need of some maintenance work. This building could easily be renovated to provide the additional rooms that have been requested by the police department.

Third, we have had an excellent record of occupancy in the NWD building. At one time there were about 40 people employed at the facility. If you average 20 people through the years and they make $20,000 per year that means there is $400,000 of payroll brought to our community. This is money that can be spent locally.

Fourth, concerns the city should not be in the landlord business. I believe the rent from the occupants of the NWD facility paid for most of the cost to purchase of the NWD building and the building next to it which is used as the city garage.

Fifth, who, what or where will make up the lost revenue this property could generate over the years? I have put together a rough projection of the loss to the community. On average, I have come up with a cost of $30,000 per year to the city if the building becomes a police station. I get this projection from increased utility costs to the city, loss of utility charges to the tenant, loss of rent, loss of tax revenue and the loss of jobs for the people in our area. I used a rough history of what the property has generated over the past 10 years. I believe the police move will lead to layoffs in our city personnel in the near future.

I believe shutting down NWD and moving the police station from downtown would not be in the best interest of the community. You can change your decision and I hope you do.

– Timothy J. Decker

Coomer Street

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