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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    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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