Jason Cook appointed to Morenci city council 10.15.08

Written by David Green.

Morenci has a new city council member to replace Dick Hewitt who attended his last meeting Monday.

Hewitt resigned his seat since he will be out of town for much of the winter.

Council voted to appoint Jason Cook to a one-year term that will expire with the general election in November 2009.

Cook was nominated and chosen by a 5-2 vote, with Leasa Slocum and Keith Pennington voting against his nomination.

Former mayor Russ Sutherland and former council member Jason Bryant also submitted letters of interest in serving.

POLICE—Police chief Larry Weeks received 28 applications to fill two part-time positions.

“The job market blesses us with a great pool of candidates,” he said, noting that half of the applicants had earned bachelor’s degrees.

Morenci native Ryan Hillard and Somerset resident Bradley Elston were hired to help the department expand coverage time. Weeks said he’s been short on officers for several weeks.

SIDEWALKS—When sidewalk repair and replacement gets underway in the next fiscal year, July 1, Gorham Street will be the focus of work.

PRISONERS—Council approved a work agreement with the Department of Corrections for prison labor. Rates were lowered to half the cost of a year ago.

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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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    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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