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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 village council 03.24.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

A familiar face is back at the helm for Fayette’s parks program.

Scott Wagner was hired by council last Tuesday to serve as parks director. The park board will pay 25 percent of his salary, and Wagner is expected to devote about 25 percent of his time to park activities and the remainder to general village needs.

Wagner will document his park hours and it’s understood that certain times of the year will require more time with park business. In emergencies such as a water line break, Wagner would leave his park duties and join the village crew.

Earlier this year Wagner announced he didn’t want to return to the position, but the job was altered so his work would be completed during his regular daytime hours and avoid additional evening work. Wagner said that’s how the job was set up when he was first hired several years ago.

Colin Barnhiser was hired to work as an on-call mower, replacing a person who retired.

CONCESSION STAND—The Parents Support Group will operate the park concession stand and receive $2,000. The group annually raises funds for the sophomore class. Any profits beyond $2,000 will stay with the park board.

The park board initially recommended accepting an offer from Jo Wagner and Virginia White, but the two women rescinded their offer to run the stand once they learned the parent group was interested. The two women made their offer only to make sure the stand was staffed and in operation.

Councilor Julia Ruger stated that the director should be in place at the end of the season rather than wait until mid-March. Administrator Amy Metz apologized for the situation, acknowledging it’s her role to help administratively.

PARKING—Metz expressed her concern about parking near the ball diamonds now that DH Holdings bought the former school property. Metz thinks there’s only one row of parking that’s part of the village property.

She spoke with Camille Ajaka of Philips Services, the firm working on the cleanup of the contaminated factory site. He didn’t yet have an answer to her question about parking.

ALLEY—Council will consider making the alley behind Keifer’s Video store a one-way road. The traffic would flow east to prevent potential traffic and pedestrian hazards.

APPOINTMENTS—Council approved the appointment of Cinda Metcalf to the tree commission and Burt Blue to the zoning board.

POLICE—Council gave its approval to seek a $19,000 loan for the purchase a new Ford Explorer police cruiser to replace the Crown Victoria. There was already $5,500 set aside for a new vehicle and the village received a gift of $500 from the Fulton County United Veterans.

The Explorer is about $3,000 cheaper than a Crown Victoria, said chief Jason Simon, and is easier for loading prisoners. The vehicle also brings a higher resale value.

Council approved re-hiring Adam Berg as a part-time officer to cut down on Troy Stewart’s overtime while officer Chris Garcia is on leave.

BILLS—Metz reminded residents that utility bills may be paid in the village office using a credit or debit card. In addition, residents can fill out a form in the village office if they wish to have payment made automatically from their checking account.

CLOSED—Council met in a closed session for more than an hour to discuss a personnel issue.

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