Three city workers laid off 5.9

Written by David Green.

Three city workers are losing their jobs and a city council member temporarily resigned in protest.

In a special meeting Monday, councilors voted 5-2 in favor of a motion to lay off three full-time employees. Jason Bryant’s motion to table the decision was defeated 4-3 before a vote on the layoffs was taken.

Tracy Schell and Bryant were the only council members to oppose the motion, leading Bryant to say, “Take that as my resignation,” and leave the meeting.

Bryant called city hall Tuesday to say he had reconsidered his resignation and wished to remain a council member.

Schell explained after the meeting that she voted “no” because of the perception that council members had already made up their minds about the issue before the meeting, despite calling a special meeting to hear residents’ opinions.

Plenty of opinions were expressed during the session that lasted nearly two and a half hours. More than 30 people were in the audience.

 

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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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