Morenci city council 9.17

Written by David Green.

Morenci city council members tabled a request last month to allow a farmer’s market in a city parking lot. At the meeting Sept. 8, council learned that an existing ordinance already covers the issue.

An ordinance governing the seasonal sale of items requires a $25 fee.

Anyone interested in setting up a booth for the sale of produce should contact city supervisor Barney Vanderpool.

HALLOWEEN—Trick-or-treat time in Morenci is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31.

DONATION—Michigan Gas Utilities Corp. donated $200 to the city for downtown beautification. A portion of last year’s donation was used to plant trees in the new parking lot behind Borchardt Brothers Market.

Council voted 5-0 to donate the money to the Morenci Garden Club to help with the annual flower basket project in the downtown.

Greg Braun and Leasa Slocum were absent from the meeting.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING—Council voted to approve a flexible spending account for employees. This can be used to create a health savings account funded with pre-tax dollar value.

BUSINESS—Judy Ward, representing the Domestic Manufacturers Association, urged council members to take a stand in support of strong trade policies to address overseas job losses.

She suggested contacting legislators.

 

  • Homecoming Court
    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • Front.cross
    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.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.crossing
    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.
  • Front.hose Testing
    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.
  • Front.starting
    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.
  • Front.train
    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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