Morenci city council appointments 11.14

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s city government made a smooth transition to a new mayor with only minor changes in committee assignments.
Mayor Doug Erskin and new city council member Art Erbskorn were sworn into office by clerk/administrator Renée Schroeder, along with returning incumbents Dick Hewitt and Leasa Slocum.
Council members approved Erskin’s recommendations for department heads and appointed officials, a list that presented no changes to the existing appointments.
• Chief of police, Larry Weeks;
• City superintendent, Lonnie Vanderpool;
• City administrator/clerk, Renée Schroeder;
• City treasurer, Stephanie Mossing;
• Library director, Elizabeth Stella;
• Zoning administrator, Jack Baird (residential) and Jacob Barnes (commercial);
• Code enforcement officer/building inspector, Kevin Arquette;
• EMS coordinator, Cindy Lazarz;
• Fire chief, Chad Schisler;
• Assessor, Marty Marshall;
• City attorney, Fred Lucas.
Keith Pennington was approved as mayor pro tempore.
Committee assignments include:
• Public safety (fire, EMS and police): Tracy Schell (chair), Leasa Slocum, Jason Bryant and Keith Pennington;
• Public works (parks, cemetery, library, utilities, streets and sidewalks): Dick Hewitt (chair), Art Erbskorn, Bryant and Slocum;
• Finance, legal, personnel and economic development: Pennington (chair), Hewitt, Erbskorn, Schell and Erskin.
Matt Woznicki was approved as a new member of the planning commission.
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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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