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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 council seeks drawings for police move 9.16.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Another Morenci city council meeting, another plea from audience members to reconsider moving the police station.

Council members voted 5-1 Monday night to proceed with site plan estimates to convert the NWD industrial building to a new police station, recycling center and storage area for Department of Public Works materials.

The building is located at the back of Wakefield Park and has been vacant since a business moved out at the end of last year.

The same motion came to halt at the Aug. 10 meeting when it failed to attract a second. This time the issue moved forward by a 5-1 vote, with mayor Doug Erskin voting against the motion and Leasa Slocum absent from the meeting.

The motion calls for the expenditure of $2,600 for engineer Todd Dailey to develop site plan drawings for the conversion of the building. Dailey will charge an additional fee for extra copies of the plans.

The original motion was amended to include a review of the project with regard to city code in addition to state building code specifications.

Any time the use of a building is changed, said council member Keith Pennington, the property must be brought up to current specifications.

“Todd should do an overview of city code to check for other needs,” he said.

Mayor Doug Erskin pointed out to audience members that the engineering request will give council members cost estimates and then further evaluation of the project will be made.

Audience member Jan Sampson told council the process is backwards.

“All the things we’re discussing now should have been discussed and checked out before we had a motion,” she said. “We’re going it all backwards.”

City council voted 6-1 on June 8 to approve the police move, but the costs involved have not yet been determined.

Audience member Colleen Leddy asked if a recent letter to the editor had swayed the opinion of any council members about giving up potential manufacturing space.

Jason Cook said he’s not firm in his decision and wants to examine the costs before making a final decision.

Tracy Schell said she still stands behind  council’s decision. She said the use of a vacant building that the city already owns is “a terrific idea.”

“It’s only been empty eight months,” Leddy said. “The potential of the building is something to preserve.”

City clerk/administrator Renée Schroeder noted that there was also discussion about possibly adding on to the existing police station. She wondered if Dailey could also give an estimate for that, but Weeks said that would require a separate site plan with an additional cost.

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