People parking in front yards 11.07

Written by David Green.

Morenci police have noticed a growing trend in town: the use of the front yard for parking vehicles.

City code specifies that front yard setbacks—yards that butt up against public streets—are to remain open except for trees, landscaping plant material and driveways.

Other than those exceptions, front yards are to remain unobstructed. For corner lots, the setback include both yards along the street. Parking in that setback area causes a visibility problem for drivers.

Zoning administrator Jack Baird says there has been an increase in front-yard parking, particularly where people have parked vehicles and other items for sale.

Baird understands that emergency situations and temporary guests can create parking problems and he urges residents to contact the police department about the situation to avoid receiving a ticket.

TRASH AND TRASH CARTS—A notice is this week’s paper reminds residents about city code regarding garbage at the curb.

Garbage and rubbish should not be placed at the curb more than 24 hours before the pickup day. Trash carts must be removed from the curb within 24 hours after 7 a.m. on collection day.

Many residents are leaving carts at the curb for several days after trash has been collected. There’s also been an increase in trash being placed at the curb days before pickup. In some cases, residents are taking loose trash to the curb that won’t be collected, due to the rule of only one bag (or cart) plus one bulky item a week.

Violators of this regulation can face a fine of $10 a day.

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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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