2008.07.30 Doug Erskin

Written by David Green.

“Morenci is a beautiful city, what a nice place to live, the people are very friendly and they seem to take pride in how their homes and businesses look.” “It is pleasant to walk around the city and see some of the things that people do to make the place where they live and work look nice.” These are just a few of the observations about this city that have been made by people who live in Morenci and those who are passing through.

On the other side of this coin, there are a few places that look as though the property owners or renters really don’t care how they look. The grass is very long, weeds are allowed to flourish, the house they live in needs to be repaired or just painted. There are also homes that have been abandoned and nothing seems to be getting done with those yards. 

As Mayor, I have recently started reviewing all of the incoming concerns/complaints that are taken by the city employees and council. While reviewing these, I noticed that the majority of people in Morenci are really concerned and care about the condition of their neighborhoods and downtown areas. They seem to understand that just keeping the lawn mowed and keeping weeds in control go a long way in adding value to their homes and the City of Morenci.

A month ago, the Property Maintenance Committee was formed. This committee is made up of some council members and concerned citizens of Morenci. The response from the community requesting to be members of this committee was very encouraging. These people are willing to give their time to explore ways to maintain the aesthetic value of the city and find ways to help people with this endeavor. I believe there are many more in our community who take pride in Morenci and wanted to participate but can’t for one reason or another.

At the second meeting of this committee, we addressed the issue of weed control. We researched what is done in other cities to gain compliance of their ordinances for weed control. With this information and the guidance of the International Property Maintenance Code adopted in 2003, the committee will soon be ready to make a recommendation to council. The committee will meet again on Thursday, August 7th, at 6:30 p.m. to prepare a final recommendation to council that would amend specific sections of “Article IV. Weed Control” in the Morenci Code.

Morenci is in fact a beautiful city and a very nice place to live, and I can see there are many who live in this community who take pride in Morenci by the maintenance of their own properties.

– Doug Erskin, Mayor

 

  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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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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    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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    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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