The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

  • Front.cheers
    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
  • Family.3.wide
    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.
  • Front.newpaper.2
    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.
  • Front.code.2
    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.
  • Front.skelton.vigil
    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
  • Front.gym.new
    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.
  • Front.lift
    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.

Water flow not sufficient for Fayette school fire suppression system 10.17

Written by David Green.

There’s been plenty of talk about too much water at the site of Fayette’s new school. Now the conversation has shifted to the lack of water.

There will be plenty of water for drinking and general purposes. The problem is related to the fire suppressant system.

Jim Price of Buehrer Group Architecture  and Engineering told board of education members Monday the new system is 118 gallons a minute short of supplying the required amount of water.

Price said his firm obtained data from  the village for a location on Willard Court, about 4,000 feet from the school location.

Board member David Brinegar asked if the village’s data was wrong.

“Not necessarily,” Price answered.

Fayette village administrator Tom Spiess agreed with that assessment when asked about the issue later.

“The background data that we had was made available to the school’s design team early on in the project,” Spiess said.  “We shared what we had, and let them know that they were welcome to follow up with our engineers if needed.”

The data was the result of water flow testing for an ISO insurance rating. To his knowledge, the village engineering firm was not contacted for additional information.

Price said his firm will consider three options. First, he wants to make sure all valves in the village water system are fully opened. Spiess said that option was explored and resulted in a small increase in water flow.

A second option would involve laying a new water line to form a loop in the village system. Currently, the school is at the end of the water line. A loop might increase capacity, Price said, but testing will have to be conducted to see if that option is feasible.

The third option would involve constructing a storage device capable of holding 30,000 gallons of water. That’s the quantity of water needed to supply the required 60 minutes of fire suppression.

Price would like to avoid that option due to the added costs, however, he didn’t address the cost of a new water line to form a loop.

Price will meet with village officials Friday to further discuss the issue. Spiess said he was hopeful the school’s design team will find some cost effective solutions that benefit both the school and the community.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016