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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 village council 2011.08.11

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette village council received some good news about its sewer system at the July 27 meeting. An inspection of the main interceptor line that collects sewage from smaller lines around the village shows the line are in very good shape.

Several sewer lines have been cleaned and inspected recently. Work on the interceptor continues, and progress is slow due to debris in the line.

 CamTech, the company handling the project, said the concrete interceptor is about half full of debris. Typically, the company can clean from 2,000 to 2,500 feet of line in a day. Only about 200 feet a day can be cleaned in Fayette.

“The good news is that it’s in really good shape,” Metz said. “It’s a very good line.”

LIFT STATION—The NW Fulton Street Lift Station project is expected to begin this month. Letters to residents living in the area were sent last week.

The project will add a lift station to an existing gravity sewer line in an area near TRW. A grant will cover 48 percent of the $111,000 project. The remaining $56,610 will be borrowed and paid over a 20-year period.

LTCP—Metz will seek federal funding again this year for the long term control plan (LTCP)—the large $7.4 million project to complete replacement of the sewer lines in town that combine storm water with septic sewage.

Preliminary construction drawings will be produced this month, but construction is contingent on funding.

The price tag includes tying the Camp Palmer sewer line into the village system, but village residents will not pay for that portion of the project.

NYCE DRIVE—Council heard the first reading of a revised resolution regarding the dedication of land from Fayette Industrial Properties for 3.8 acres of property to extend a municipal road between Railroad and Park streets, and to be named Nyce Drive.

A previous resolution included an incorrect property description.

GOLF CARTS—Council accepted the final reading of an ordinance regulating the operation of golf carts on village streets. Carts are not allowed on state roads, however, they are allowed to cross over state roads.

Councilor Brubaker voted against the ordinance.

Village solicitor Tom Thompson explained that golf carts must conform to state motor vehicle laws if operated on streets. It’s better for the village to have an ordinance in place, he said, rather than ignore the issue.

SIDEWALKS—Metz said that 63 percent of the sidewalks targeted for replacement or repair have been completed. That does not include property owners who were given additional time to complete work. Fayette Street work should be completed by the end of August.

A $50,000 grant from First Energy was placed in the sidewalk repair fund.

HIRE—Council hired Eric Makula as a part-time, on-call employee.

MOWER—Council approved the purchase of a Husqvarna MZ6128ZT lawn mower from the Saw Shop, at a cost of $4,000.

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