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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.

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