Planning Group: It's good to have it back 2013.04.17

Written by David Green.

The third Monday of the month always used to mean one thing in the compilation of meetings listed below on this page: the Morenci Planning Commission.

Then came a break of more than two years when the group became inactive. That changed this week when the seven-member board met for an organizational meeting, then dug right into some local issues.

It’s good to have the planning commission back in service because the group can serve an important function for the community. 

In the past Morenci’s planners created the ordinance for the creation of the industrial park. They looked at what should be in place for subdivision regulations.

They’ve considered on-street parking of semi trucks, the maximum size allowed for residential garages, and they put into writing requirements for the new Dollar General Store before construction got underway.

Commissioners have looked at sidewalk repair and installation issues, they addressed concerns expressed about home daycare centers, they weighed the concerns expressed by residents about a new apartment complex and gave consideration for a request to open a hair salon in a residential area. The list goes on and on.  

Someone wanting to start a new business or activity may look on the planning commission as meddlers who are getting in the way of progress. Citizens of the city should view the group as a body concerned about the future well-being of the community. They will weigh the pros and cons of the situation. With their varied backgrounds, they’ll think about an issue and try to consider all the implications.

The current board that met for the first time this week looks like a good one and we’re sure members will come through with a thorough but fair review of issues and proposals. Welcome back.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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