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.

 

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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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