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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 council hires Cole Landon for streets, grounds 2013.04.17

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette village council met in a special session April 10 to hire a full-time streets and grounds coordinator.

Cole Landon was hired by a 4-0 vote to address streets and grounds issues and work in coordination with Jeff Merillat who is in charge of utilities. The two will back up each other when assistance is needed.

Landon has worked for the village on a part-time basis. He will now earn $13.50 an hour, with a 60 cent increase coming after six months. Landon will also be eligible to earn a dollar an hour increase if he earns a sewer operators license, another dollar for a water operator license, and another 50 cents for a pesticide/herbicide license.

Village fiscal officer Lisa Zuver said that a policy should be in place in the event an employee fails a test. It was decided that an employee will be reimbursed for the cost of licensure classes when a class is completed and the license earned.

Landon will be expected to take one class per year and he’s already working on pesticide/herbicide certification.

Daniel Boyd of Delta and village worker Dean Myers also applied for the position.

Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt praised the village workers for their dedication to the job.

Landon told council that he appreciates the opportunity to work for the village and intends to meet their expectations of him.

WATER—During the regularly scheduled committee-of-the-whole meeting, Louis Clemenson spoke to council about water billing errors and other related concerns.

Clemenson’s trailer park is located outside the village limits but tenants buy village water. Discussion turned to shutting off water service for unpaid bills.

“Do you really want us to go outside the limits, crawl under somebody’s trailer, pull back the insulation, heat tape and everything else to address shutoffs?” asked utilities superintendent Jeff Merillat.

If a village employee accidentally rips a trailer skirting while getting to the shutoff valve, who is responsible, asked police chief Jason Simon.

“Public works needs to sit down and come up with some rules and regulations for dealing with property outside of town,” Marlatt said.

Discussion also should include the transfer of the name of the responsible party when a tenant leaves.

Clemenson said he’s willing to shut off water service and he would also attempt to get payment through the court for overdue bills.

Zuver said the village should get out of the banking business, referring to overdue bills in the village.

“We’re not a bank, we’re a utility,” she said.

Following the meeting, an interview committee spoke with four candidates to serve as a part-time utilities/tax administrator to replace Dee Lawrence who retired earlier this year. Since she left, Zuver has filled the role in addition to her other duties.

SEWER PROJECT—Village administrator Steve Blue told council that the combined sewer overflow project is moving forward and not over budget.

The head contractor, Gleason, will check with the paving company to see if paving can be delayed to allow soil to settle in the trenches where new sewer lines have been laid. Concern was expressed about the possibility of the new pavement sinking as soil compacts further.

Councilor Julia Ruger asked if new water lines were part of the project and she was told that the only water line work is on Ohio Street.

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