Morenci city council 4.16

Written by David Green.

Morenci mayor Doug Erskin is following up on a suggestion he made to city council before he even decided to seek office.

He told city council members Monday that he wants a committee formed to discuss property maintenance issues. This should lead to a variety of opinions and ideas, he said, rather than forcing all code decisions on a single person.

Erskin wants to see representatives from the community as well as city council and planning commission members.

The International Property Maintenance Code is a very extensive document, Erskin said, that can address many issues around town.

Erskin said that good property maintenance goes beyond simply having an attractive neighborhood. It gives the majority of residents the satisfaction of living in a community with upkeep standards they’ve come to expect, and, in turn, it improves the business community.

RISKS—A risk management audit by the city’s new insurance carrier produced a list of issues for department heads to address. Some items were simply reminders rather than pointing out deficiencies, said city clerk/administrator Renée Schroeder.

For example, the library was advised to develop a “hold harmless” policy for use of the annex building by outside groups; council was advised to plan for frequent and regular inspections of sidewalks and playground equipment....

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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