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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.

Fayette council discusses filling in pool 5.20.09

Written by David Green.

BY DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s community swimming pool won’t be open this summer due to maintenance problems, but it’s not going to be filled in and buried yet.

The Park Board presented village council with a proposal to fill in the pool to alleviate concerns about safety issues. Board members expressed worries that water will collect in the empty pool and could pose a hazard to children who might climb the fence.

“I don’t want to see them fill it in,” said council member Paul Shaffer. “Once it’s filed in, we’ll never get it back.”

Ruth Marlatt agreed, noting that some funds are already in place for repairing the structure.

Depending on how the pool were filled in, hazards might not be addressed, Ken Delphous said. It rocks were used along with sand or fill dirt, the situation could be more dangerous yet.

Interim mayor Craig Rower said that council agreed to a three-year period during which funding sources would be sought for repair or replacement. This summer marks the start of the second year.

Council voted unanimously, with Mike Maginn absent, to delay filling it in until three years had passed.

Councilor Jerry Gonzales added a dose of reality to the hopes for repair.

“That thing’s not going to be fixed,” he said. “Having sat on the park board, I know it’s going to require a new pool.”

ROAD—Village administrator Amy Metz filed an application for CDBG funding to widen Gamble Road from S. Fayette Street to the new school.

BRUSH—After examining labor costs from the previous three years, council’s Finance Committee recommends halting curbside brush pickup. Leaf collection will be evaluated in the fall.

DUMP TRUCK—Council voted to buy a 1997 Navistar dump truck from Gorham Township at a cost of $23,000. The village’s dump truck is requiring many expensive repairs, Gonzales said.

BAD CHECKS—Council heard the first reading of an ordinance that would establish writing checks with insufficient funds as a minor misdemeanor, with a fine not to exceed $150.

Police chief Jason Simon said, to his understanding, an existing ordinance did not get codified in a recent update. The proposed ordinance would adopt state law as a local law.

FLOOD PLAIN—Fulton County Regional Planning Commission director Steve Brown told council that new federal flood plain designations will be released in June.

The new maps can be placed over aerial maps to see where changes are occurring.

SEWER WORK—Bids for the next step in Fayette’s sewer work came in $3,000 below budget, Brown said. Marine Building Corp. of Maumee was the winning bidder.

GROWTH AREA—Brown suggested that council might want to expand its Urban Growth Area on the north side of the village to take advantage of electricity from Midwest Energy Cooperative. In turn, an area on the southwest side might want to be removed.

Any changes would be at council’s discretion, he said.

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