Special meeting planned for Morenci council 5.29

Written by David Green.

Morenci city council will meet in a special session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss two agenda items.

Council members will discuss a federal grant to replace the Main Street bridge at the east end of town, just before Weston Road. The estimated cost would result in a $15,000 payment by the city, with a grant covering 95 percent of the cost.

If the city is chosen to receive the grant, construction would be slated for 2011.

The semi-annual inspection determined no immediate need for replacement, said city administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder, but the report indicated the need for a new bridge in next few years.

In addition, council members are expected to decide on a request by SBA Communications for a lump sump lease payment for land in the industrial park where a communications tower stands.

At a special meeting, only the items listed on the agenda can be discussed.

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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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