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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.

Morenci city council OKs land sale for tower 2.11

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci city council members might have thought they were finished with the land sale to SBA Towers, but the issue returned to council Monday for what should be the final time.

“We were under the impression that everything was in order the last time we passed this,” explained Keith Pennington of council’s Legal and Finance committee.

On Jan. 13, councilors approved the sale of .24 acres of land in the city’s industrial park to SBA Towers for $69,000, minus credit for a lease payment. The property is enclosed by the fence surrounding the tower.

That pact was also approved by an official for SBA, Pennington said, but when the deal worked its way up higher through the company’s hierarchy, SBA wanted an extension of about 20 feet to the east, for a total of .31 acres.

This was requested in case the addition of antennae in the future required the construction of a structure on the ground to support an antenna’s function.

Pennington amended his previous motion to include the additional ground and noted the sale price was now at $65,775 due to the arrival of another lease payment. Councilors approved the motion unanimously.

An audience member asked why the price didn’t increase for more property. Pennington explained that the small parcel was not worth $65,000. The price should be considered buying out of the lease agreement rather than a property purchase.

Another audience member asked if it would be in the city’s best interest to remain tied in with lease payment.

Mayor Doug Erskin said the issue was thoroughly investigated last year, with spreadsheets created to compare the two options.

“With technology changing,” Erskin said, “we don’t know how long they’ll need cell towers.”

No one could answer a question about whether the property would revert to the city if abandoned, but city administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder said the SBA is required to remove the antenna if the company chose to abandon the property.

The road leading from Skyline Industrial Drive to the tower remains owned by the city, with SBA granted an easement to use the road.

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