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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 village council 2012.12.05

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette is expected to be able to begin requesting funds for the sewer separation project this week pending final approval of the bid package by the Ohio EPA and the Ohio Water Development Authority.

Funds from grants the village has received will be used initially to pay the legal fees incurred in obtaining easements and to pay a fee to the Rural Community Assistance Program for its role in administering the sewer project.

Village administrator Steve Blue told council members last week that the first step in the project is a pre-construction meeting for the village engineering firm, Arcadis, to review bid specs with contractors.

Council members discussed last month the possibility of replacing old water lines on Ohio Street prior to the sewer construction. Antiquated lines in that area break frequently and digging for the sewer work could further damage the line. Blue said an attempt will be made to have the water line work part of the sewer project. Maintenance coordinator Matt Moats estimates between $20,000 and $30,000 worth of materials will be needed. If the job can't become part of the sewer project, council will have to decide if village workers should tackle the work. The ground is very sandy in that area, Blue said, and the work could be dangerous.

BACKHOE—Council voted unanimously to purchase a new backhoe through a state purchase plan and pay up to $6,000 for a down payment. Council will decide later whether to borrow money for the $58,000 purchase or to pay for the unit out of the street fund. Alternately, a portion could be paid and the remainder borrowed.

The money will come from a fund with limited uses. Village CFO Lisa Zuver said it can only be used for street-related projects and equipment.

"Any time you have money in special funds, use it," advised village solicitor Tom Thompson.

PAY—Council met in a closed session for nearly 90 minutes, calling in Zuver on three occasions, police chief Jason Simon once, and mayor Ruth Marlatt once. When they returned to the regular meeting, counselors voted to approve a pay increase for police officers effective Jan. 1. Details will be given at the Dec. 19 meeting.

Council also voted 6-0 in favor of a vote of confidence for Zuver.

TRUCK—Council voted to approve an increase in the zoning ordinance fee schedule and to sell the 1984 dump truck.

PLANNER—Fulton County regional planning director Steve Brown attended his final meeting last month before his resignation took effect. David Wright of Ayersville is expected to take his place.

MEETING—Fayette's next council meeting is scheduled Dec. 19. There will be no committee-of-the-whole meeting this month.

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