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....

  • Homecoming Court
    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    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.
  • Front.train
    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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