Meeting set to discuss walking path in Morenci 10.1

Written by David Green.

The public is invited to city hall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss plans for a walking path along the west side of Bean Creek.

Landscape architect Patrick Judd of Conservation Design Forum in Ann Arbor will present a proposed drawing of a walking path and seek public comment on the project.

“Public input is very important in the planning of all proposed park improvements,” said city administrator clerk Renée Schroeder, and she urges residents to take part in Judd’s presentation.

Funding for the design work came through a grant from the Charles Fay Foundation. Actual construction would depend on a recreation grant from another source.

Judd said his company has developed some initial ideas to present Thursday, but   no firm design would be created without hearing from Morenci residents.

“The intent of the workshop is to solicit ideas and generate dialogue,” he said.

His plan will show a trail that runs parallel to the river into the newer property north of Wakefield Park. It would then loop around and return to the park.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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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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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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