Morenci city council 7.16

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Complaints from neighbors on W. Congress Street led police to the discovery of about 20 cats in a home—nearly all infected with either feline leukemia or giardia, or both.

Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks told council members Monday about a situation in the 200 block of W. Congress Street that resulted in the removal of the animals.

Weeks said the city doesn’t have regulations regarding cats as it does for dogs, but he took action due to health concerns. Because the giardia parasite can be passed on to humans, he believed there was a potential health hazard to people in the neighborhood.

He cited the city’s “emergency abatement” ordinance that allowed him to take immediate action.

About 20 cats were seized and nearly all tested positive for one or both of the diseases. Only four survived.

Concern was expressed that not all of the resident’s cat were in the house at the time, so Weeks gave neighbors permission to live trap cats and then call the police department for removal and testing.

Weeks said he’s looking at potential criminal charges for animal neglect. The county health department has offered to help the cat owner if she chooses to receive it.

Weeks said giardia causes stomach cramps and loss of appetite, but it’s not life-threatening and can be cured with antibiotics.

Weeks was assisted by county animal control officers and Dr. Sherilyn Shoemaker of Morenci Veterinary Clinic. Weeks urged council members to send a note of thanks to Dr. Shoemaker.

She was under no obligation to help, he said, but as a member of the community, she felt it was her duty to assist.

“I hope people will praise her efforts and proactive role in protecting the health of the community,” he said.

CONTRACT—Council members approved a three-year contract with the DPW union, calling for a three percent wage increase each year. The pact increases employee’s co-pay for medications and requires employees to contribute more to their retirement account in order to receive the full six percent contribution from the city.

LEASE—Council voted to renew a property lease to TNG Technologies for the city-owned industrial building on Chestnut Street, behind Wakefield Park.

The company will pay $2,000 a month for a two-year lease, plus a late fee of $250 a month, if applicable. The contract includes an at-will early termination clause with a 60-day notice.

Because the company is in arrears in rent currently, the city agreed to a $7,000 promissory note that must be repaid within 12 months.

REVIEW—The Board of Review will meet at 9:30 a.m. July 23 to consider errors and omissions only.

CANDIDATE—County road commission candidate Don Isley was present at the council meeting, urging those in attendance to consider his past experience on the commission.

RIVERSIDE—The Bean/Tiffin Watershed Coalition was named to coordinate volunteer projects at Riverside Natural Area. David Green was named as the contact person and he will inform city superintendent Barney Vanderpool of any projects.

An Eagle Scout candidate intends to do work at the park, including construction of a picnic table.

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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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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