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

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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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    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.
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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.

Fayette eligible for housing rehab funds 3.31.10

Written by David Green.

Fayette is in line for housing rehabilitation funds through the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP).

Fulton County Regional Planning Commission director Steve Brown told Fayette council members March 16 that $100,000 is set aside for housing help in Fayette. Projects typically cost $20,000 to $30,000 Brown said, so at least three home-owners should benefit from the program. 

The Maumee Valley Planning Organization administers the funds and selected Fayette as a target area.

The program is not for remodeling projects, but instead is designed to bring homes into conformance with local and state codes while addressing health and safety issues. Family income determines eligibility in the program.

Other programs are available, Brown said, ranging from furnace upgrades to rent assistance to help with home ownership.

“The key,” Brown said, “is to get the information out.”

Fayette village administrator Amy Metz has scheduled a second assistance information night March 30 (see related story.)

USE PLAN—Brown said Fayette’s comprehensive use plan was written in 1977 and is in need of an update. 

The plan guides development by listing preferred areas for residences, commercial space and industrial land.

Brown said a college intern will work in his office for four months this summer for free and he could help Fayette update its plan.

With an updated plan in place, Brown said, the village would be able to apply for certain grants. In addition, developers often want to look at use plan maps.

FLOOD—Revised flood plain maps resulted in the removal of 250 properties from 100-year flood zones, Brown said, but a few were added to the zone. Metz said she sent letters to three property owners within the village who are now part of the flood zone.

Brown said property owners have until June 8 to contest inclusion of their property with FEMA. The maps will be certified in September.

LOAN FUND—The county revolving loan fund for commercial development has $400,000 to give out, Brown said, although $100,000 is reserved for a project.

Brown said the loan fund board met once or twice in the last year and approved only one loan.

Fayette needs a new representative on the board. In the past, the village administrator has filled the role. Council’s finance committee will discuss the issue.

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