Morenci city council 6.18

Written by David Green.

Three years ago Morenci city council adopted a proposal from the planning commission for the repair, replacement and construction of sidewalks in the city.

Some work was completed while other projects were derailed by lack of funding.

Councilors voted June 9 to tackle the next phase of the long-term project: the farthest east block of Locust Street and Washington Street north of Main Street.

Sidewalks will be repaired where needed and installed where none exist on the south side of Locust Street, from Page Street east, and on both sides of Washington, up to the bus garage on the east side.

Planning commission members chose to focus on the neighborhoods near the schools to provide students with a place to walk safely.

City supervisor Barney Vanderpool will seek bids from at least two contractors to obtain a price for sidewalk installation. The bid price should remain firm through the end of the year.

If a property owner makes arrangements at city hall, the city will share in the cost. That figure was at one time equal to about half the cost.

FIRE DEPARTMENT—Three new members of the Morenci Fire Department were approved: Kyle McClain, Corey Sallows and Trisha Fredrick.

Council approved a change in policy regarding new fire department members. In the past, the police chief was asked to investigate an applicant’s character.

The change would empower city hall staff or council members to use a system provided by the state government to look at an applicant’s background. If an applicant is on probation, employment will not be considered. Employment will also not be considered for two years after a misdemeanor is committed and for five years after a felony.

In addition, all liabilities and requirements of the court proceedings must be complete.

LIBRARY—Council gave its final approval to hire Colleen Leddy as library director effective July 1 now that the contract language is acceptable to both sides.

CRUISER—Council chose the bid from Clift Pontiac among three companies for repair of the police department Tahoe transmission. The cost is $2,223.

CORRESPONDENCE—Council received a letter of support from Scott and Kelly Frey regarding the decision against issuing alcohol permits for softball tournaments.

The deficit reduction plan was accepted by the state treasurer’s office.

An  investigator with the state fire marshal’s office said he was pleased with how the fire and police departments handled the recent house fire.

“We’ve got first class departments here and people are noticing,” councilor Tracy Schell said.

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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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