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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    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.

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