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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    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.
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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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    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.
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    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.
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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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    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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