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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 supervisor details maintenance needs 2011.11.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s new maintenance supervisor has a large list of chores to attend to in the coming months and he laid out his goals for the village Oct. 12 at the last committee-of-the-whole meeting.

Tom Clemensen first reviewed projects recently completed, then went on to those already underway. He closed by laying out long-term goals that need to be addressed.

Completed

POOL—The pool is now filled in and needs to settle over the winter before applying a layer of gravel in the spring for parking. The kiddie pool will be filled with gravel and the patio concrete will be left in place.

A set of bleachers could be placed on the patio, said village administrator Amy Metz, for performances.

Clemensen said some areas of concrete where the pool building stood are in need of mortar and a few electrical lines need to be removed.

Guard rails are needed along the top edge of the hill looking over the ball fields.

INVENTORIES—Clemensen said the old village maintenance barn was cleaned and re-arranged and he intends to complete an inventory of the structure on a rain day.

An inventory of the old concession stand and scoring tower behind the ball diamond shows an array of sports equipment. The list of items was given to the park board.

In progress

KEYS—Clemensen is updating the key system on village property. He said he was given a large ring of keys when he started working for the village and it’s unknown where some of the keys are to be used.

He intends to use Kwikset’s SmartKey system. When the new lock is installed, a tool allows the user to configure the lock to match the Kwikset key. This will reduce the number of keys needed, Clemensen said, and take away the necessity to change locks in the future.

CHIPPER—A new brush chipper similar to the size of the old one would cost more than $23,000. Instead, Clemensen will look for a good used chipper.

“I can’t see a reason to have a new chipper unless we were chipping brush every day all day, but we chip brush maybe once a month.”

A used model would cost between $12,000 and $14,000. Metz cautioned Clemensen to make sure the motor can be serviced locally.

Councilor Mike Maginn suggested checking with local tree-trimming firms for advice about a good make.

BOX—A new steel box for the dump truck is expected to cost between $4,000 and $5,000.

PLOWING—Clemensen reviewed last year’s snow plowing procedures. After discussing them with police chief Jason Simon, he will make any changes if needed.

Long term goals

WATER SYSTEM— Clemensen said his department needs to determine which water lines are leaking. Some portions of the system are quite old and have been repaired many times.

He also plans to determine which water meters need to be replaced. Clemensen said when a meter goes bad, it’s never in favor of the village.

He also wants to determine all unmetered taps, such as at the village office.

SAFETY—Clemensen wants to implement a safety program to benefit village employees. He’s noticed some areas where improvement is needed, including proper safety clothing and equipment, preparation of a job site to keep on-lookers back, and training staff in the proper use of equipment.

“I’m a big believer in safety,” Clemensen said.

MAINTENANCE—He intends to create documentation of maintenance for equipment, water valves, hydrants, CSO units and lift stations.

Clemensen will make documentation on his computer and have it available to the village administrator.

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