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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's priority list 01.12.11

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s village council members, along with the help of village employees and others, set priorities for the community last year.

Several of those items are now marked with updates for action this year.

Parks

• Baseball diamond #1: The lava rock warning track will be removed and grass planted.

• Swimming pool: Final closing and demolition was delayed until this year due to time constraints in 2010.

• Resurfacing basketball courts: If funding is available, resurfacing will be completed this year.

• Playground: The “spider dome” will be removed this year and playground equipment from the former Zone School will be installed.

Public Works

• Long Term Control Plan (for sewage overflows): The project changed so that sanitary sewer lines will be replaced rather than storm water lines. Funding possibilities are being investigated.

Beautification

• Spring clean-up: The fall clean-up was called a success and another clean-up is scheduled in May.

• Improve downtown appearance: Revisions to the zoning code are planned in 2011, along with adoption of a building code.

Infrastructure

• Street repairs: No repairs are planned for 2011 due to a lack of funding.

• Sidewalk repair: With the first section of the village completed in 2010, the second section will be addressed this year.

• Repave Fulton Street: Currently planned for 2014.

Economic Development

• Existing efforts will continue. The Chamber of Commerce will be contacted to discuss efforts at attracting new businesses.

Personnel

• Internal communication: An Action Item List will again be used in 2011, updated at the weekly staff meeting.

• Part-time employees: No new employees are expected to be hired in 2011, but free labor through the county youth program will be investigated.

Trees

• The tree commission will work on a five-year replacement plan.

Alternative Energy

• Research will continue on learning and understanding possible alternatives that might benefit the village.

Financial

• Committee of the Whole meetings will be continued in 2011 to promote council’s awareness of village finances.

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