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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 sewer work update 2013.04.03

Written by David Green.

Fayette Village administrator Steve Blue told village council members last week that the first paving of streets torn up through the sewer project is scheduled in late May or early June.

Blue said he's heard mixed reports from citizens about interaction with Gleason Construction, the firm contracted for the sewer project. Some residents are pleased with the extra concern shown by the company; others have complained about the difficulties brought on by the work. 

"They've been responsive to our requests from the village office," Blue said about Gleason.

CONTAMINATION—In response to continuing concerns about construction near the former Fayette Tubular Products site, Blue reported on the testing of soil from the contaminated area. Soil samples were collected and tested by the Bowsher-Morner engineering firm.

Trace amounts of two chemicals associated with Fayette Tubular were detected in the soil, but the levels were not high enough to pose concern, Blue was told, nor to require special disposal.

Additional work in the area is yet to come, Blue said, and approval has already been given by Camille Ajaka, representing the property owner, and by the Ohio EPA.

Gleason made arrangements with Trevor Hibbard to accept excess dirt from the sewer project, and Hibbard will be notified of the contamination. 

"If he does not want to accept it, then the sledding hill would be the logical method to use [for disposal]," Blue said.

One council member asked if the construction soil was given to Hibbard for free. 

"It costs money to dispose of it, so it shouldn't be considered giving it to him," Blue said. 

Some village residents have requested to have a load of soil taken to their property, he said.

TREE—There's still one tree in need of removal for the sewer project, but a resident continues to park a vehicle under the tree to prevent cutting. Village solicitor Tom Thompson wrote a letter to the property owner in hopes of persuading cooperation, but the resident responded by saying that he would stand underneath the tree if a crew came to remove it.

The tree is in the village right-of-way, Thompson stated, but eminent domain procedures might take too long before the work is needed to be done. To move the sewer line to a new location would cost as much as $10,000. Council agreed to have Thompson begin eminent domain procedures and Gleason will be contacted about how long the company would be able to delay that section of the work.

Council member Julia Ruger said the person is holding firm because he did not like the way the tree-cutting issue was handled initially.

OHIO STREET—Design work is complete for replacement of the Ohio Street water line. Blue said he's waiting for final approval from the Ohio EPA to have the project become part of the sewer project. He credited councilor Dave Wheeler for the idea of approaching the project through the sewer work.

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