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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    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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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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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