Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce meets 3.26

Written by David Green.

Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce members learned Thursday of a new business that might come to Morenci and heard a report of the Chambers’ goals for the year.

A new flower shop is tentatively planned for downtown Morenci, with an opening in September at the latest.

Chamber president Brad Frederick reviewed previous discussions, noting that the purchase of additional “Welcome to Morenci” signs would remain the group’s focus for the year. Fund-raising activities would focus on three events: the golf outing, the Labor Day bridge walk and selling ads on the community-wide garage sale maps.

Kathy Knoblauch spoke to Chamber members about the continuing renovation of a building she and her husband, Mark, own in downtown Morenci. The former Knoblauch grocery store building has remained unoccupied for several years and the windows were boarded over until earlier this year.

Renovation is a slow process, she said, and she urged people to have patience with the effort. She reminded Chamber members of an earlier offer to help paint the front exterior of the building.

Morenci mayor Doug Erskin was introduced to Chamber members. Erskin praised the current city council as a responsible group and said he expects to see good things happen in the city.

Chamber member Choyce Quigley suggested that the group create a Morenci basket of donated items for the Toledo-based WLMB Christian television station fund-raising auction. The Chamber will donate $50 of Morenci Money to the basket, which the winning bidder must spend at the businesses of Chamber members.

School superintendent Kyle Griffith reminded members of the informational meeting about the bond proposal scheduled Thursday night at the middle school library.

A reminder was also given for members to donate items for the Morenci Education Foundation auction.

At the April meeting, members are expected to select a bid for maintenance of the Chamber’s website.

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