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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 2012.05.30

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The Ohio Department of Transportation  (ODOT) is willing to erect directional signs to Fayette’s school, but the money needed to buy the signs will have to come from another source.

Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt told village council members last week that letters were sent to ODOT by the county commissioners, the school and the village urging for signs to be erected, but ODOT responded that it’s not the agency’s responsibility. The letter-writers are seeking signs along US-20 and SR 66—both maintained by ODOT.

Marlatt said the effort was partially instigated by an accident that occurred last winter after visitors to a basketball game missed the turn to take them to the school.

She said it’s difficult to get a sign erected by ODOT, noting that it took at least three years to have a “Fayette” sign put up along U.S.-127.

ODOT needs to approve the area where the sign will appear and the sign must also fit ODOT’s specifications.

The village’s own signs for the school and the cemetery, as well as the handicapped parking signs, cannot be used because they don’t fit ODOT’s specifications, said interim village administrator Tom Clemensen.

Once a sign is approved and in place, ODOT will handle the maintenance, he said. The problem is getting it up in the first place.

Discussion will continue about the cost of signs and how to pay for them.

SURVEY—Additional income surveys are still needed in an effort to prevent a large increase in water bills.

At the committee-of-the-whole meeting May 9, council learned that an income survey collected a couple of years ago could be added to new surveys returned recently.

That changed when Roberta Acosta of the Rural Community Assistance Program discovered that several of the old surveys were completed incorrectly. 

If village income is found to be below a certain level, water rates will increase by $10 a month rather than $30 a month, Mayor Marlatt reported. A rate increase is needed in order to receive certain grants and loans for sewer work.

Only 95 of the confidential surveys were returned during a recent effort and 247 are needed. Marlatt asked council members to divide up the names provided by Acosta and go door-to-door.

Participation in the survey process could save residents money on future water bills, Marlatt said.

“It needs to be done,” she said. “We’ve got to do the best job we can.”

ZONING—Lucy Molitierno was appointed to fill a vacancy on the village zoning board.

TURNPIKE—Council voted to send a letter of opposition to the governor regarding his plan to lease the Ohio Turnpike to a private company.

The letter expresses concerns about the possibility of higher tolls, reduced maintenance and an increase of traffic on parallel roads such as U.S.-20 passing through Fayette. In addition, several local jobs could be lost through the transaction.

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