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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.

EPA offers to pay 75% of Fayette sewer project 2012.02.22

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s sewer project took on a new dimension last week when village officials learned about a change in funding. This time around, the news is good.

A few months ago, possible funding through the USDA was to cover 45 percent of the $7 million project, but that slipped to just 28 percent before the end of the year.

Even at 45 percent, residents would have faced a difficult payment schedule to cover the remaining costs, said Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt, but the 28 percent figure would have made it unbearable. Sewer rates would have increased by an estimated $33 a month.

Marlatt knew from talking with Roberta Acosta of the Rural Community Assistance Program that Fayette might be able to change its standing in the competitive grant application standings and obtain more help with the work.

That’s just what happened. Acosta made some changes and interim village administrator Tom Clemensen learned last week that a grant from the EPA would cover 75 percent of the cost. This leaves   the village to pay back a zero percent loan for $1.6 million over the next 30 years. 

If council members accept the package of grants and loans, residents will face an increase of about $10 a month on their sewage bill.

The work will complete the separation of the community’s storm water sewer lines from the septic lines and put an end to combined sewer overflows, a condition that sends raw sewage into area creeks. 

Morenci undertook the same work in the early 1990s. Fayette chose to tackle the project in phases, but this project would wrap up all remaining needs.

Clemensen told the Public Works committee Monday that Acosta is still trying to obtain a grant to cover work that will be needed at particular residences, such as where the sewer line now travels through the back yard rather than to a new line in the street.

The best-case scenario would have construction starting this fall, Clemensen said, rather than a year from now.

He spoke about the savings in electrical costs that will result when storm water is diverted directly to creeks instead of running through the water treatment plant.

The EPA has been fair and patient with Fayette, he said, in allowing the community years to complete the project.

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