Morenci council still looking for replacement 1.30.08

Written by David Green.

Morenci city council members are still searching for a replacement for the seat vacated by Jason Bryant.

Only one resident has expressed an interest in filling the vacancy, but council took no action in making the appointment.

At the Jan. 14 meeting, councilors voted to table action on appointing a new member, and when the vote came up to remove the issue from the table, council member Tracy Schell voted “no.” Dick Hewitt was absent from the meeting.

Art Erbskorn made a motion to appoint Carl VanDeWalker, the only person to apply for the position, but no one seconded his motion.

“What else should we do to fill the seat?” asked councilor Keith Pennington.

“We need to fill that spot,” answered mayor Doug Erskin. “We need to look for more interested parties.”

A decision was made to post an advertisement in the Observer with a cutoff date of Feb. 21.

VanDeWalker, who was in the audience, asked, “What problem is it with me that I can’t be put on council?”

Pennington and Schell said there were statements made during VanDeWalker’s interview with council about his past employment history that made them wary. Leasa Slocum added that she didn’t like his statement about how ideally Morenci would have no rental units.

 

  • Front.batter
    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
  • Front.green Screen
    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
  • Front.snake
    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2017