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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    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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in 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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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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