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

 

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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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