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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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