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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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