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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 09.29.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s village workers, with the help of volunteers, will handle demolition and decommissioning of the community swimming pool.

Village administrator Amy Metz received two estimates from outside firms, one charging $14,500 and the other $6,500.

Using the village work and village equipment, she came up with an estimate of $6,862, however, she knows the cost will be much less due to help from volunteers.

She’s heard from five people willing to help with the job, as some village employees willing to donate time.

Metz said she received two quotes for construction of a new pool, both coming in at around $500,000. An estimate to repair the pool from 2008 came in at $119,000, but that didn’t include repair of the deck and the filter system nor installation of a drain to meet current safety requirements.

Mayor Ruth Marlatt and council member Julia Ruger have both expressed concern about having the pool  decommissioned correctly so it won’t become a liability later.

Metz sought guidance from the Fulton County Health Department and was given seven steps from director Kimberly Cupp.

For example, she suggestion removing at least one wall of the pool or perforating the floor to prevent water from collecting. Buried pipes and the fiberglass walls may be left in place, she said, although all pipes should be disconnected.

She also urged the village to document the process, both in writing and with photographs.

Council voted at the Sept. 21 meeting to buy meals for volunteers working on the pool.

DH HOLDINGS—Council voted unanimously—with Mike Maginn and Tommy Molitierno absent—to approve a two-year license agreement with DH Holdings for use of the old school property and parking area.

The village will be responsible for mowing the grass and removing snow; DH will be responsible for upkeep of the parking area. Metz said that DH has no plans to repave the parking lot, but the issue could be addressed in the future. She said the village crew will fill potholes if needed.

ARCADIS—After reviewing bids, council voted retain the engineering services of Arcadis for the sewage overflow long-term control plan.

BRUSH—Council passed a motion that brush will be collected during a 48-hour period following a storm event.

ALLEY—The alley behind Keifer’s Korner Video will become a one-way street—with traffic flowing to the east—starting Friday.

FARM LAND—Council approved a request from Don and Jane Stiriz for their farm land within the village limits to retain its agricultural designation.

Following a split of the land for the Dollar General construction, 43.5 acres remains as agricultural although it’s zoned for residential use. The property owners are required to renew the land use request every five years.

PARKS—Rebecca Lovelass has resigned from the Park Board. Anyone interested in joining the board should contact Mayor Marlatt.

Board members are considering the purchase of mesh signs to replace the wooden advertising signs in the ball diamond outfield.

Flag football registration resulted in the formation of two teams for grades K-8 and three teams for grades 4-6. Games started last Sunday.

Members discussed what should be done with the tennis courts on the south side of Spring Creek. The courts are in bad repair, said Metz, and there was discussion about whether they should be torn out and used as fill for the pool decommissioning.

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