Morenci council appoints Greg Braun 2.27

Written by David Green.

Morenci city council is whole again with a vacant seat filled.

Council members voted unanimously Monday night to appoint former planning commission member Greg Braun to fill the unexpired term of Jason Bryant.

Braun will serve until the November election. At that time he can seek voter approval for another year in office until the end of Bryant’s term in November 2009.

Mayor Doug Erskin praised Braun’s work on the planning commission when Erskin served as chairperson.

Sandy Wheeler was appointed to fill a vacancy on the zoning board of review. Wheeler works as a real estate agent.

City clerk/administrator Renée Schroeder told council the state’s prison labor program was reinstated, but at a large increase in costs.

The program was halted last year due to the state’s financial situation.

“I think they met with a lot of opposition when they canceled the program,” Schroeder said.

To help pay for the program, the rate was nearly doubled to $30 a prisoner for an eight-hour work day. Mileage is also paid.

City supervisor Lonnie Vanderpool pointed out that prison work crews from the county are still available at a much lower cost.

The city has hired prison crews in the past to help with miscellaneous maintenance projects.

EXEMPTION—Council passed a resolution establishing guidelines for granting poverty exemptions from property tax.

Exemptions are based on federal poverty guidelines. The current poverty threshold for a single person is $10,210 and $20,650 for a family of four.

Applicants must file a request with the board of review. Exemptions may be granted for only one year at a time.

 

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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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