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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