Morenci city council 12.10.08

Written by David Green.

Engineering plans for the second road into Morenci’s industrial park are underway and adjacent property owners will soon be contacted about driveways.

City council voted Monday to direct city administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder to send letters to adjacent property owners informing them of the city’s intent to use its easement rights in constructing the north/south road from Main Street into the industrial park.

The new road, to be called Hammontree Industrial Drive, will intersect Main Street just east of United Bank and Trust. The road will connect with the existing Skyline Industrial Drive that ends at Roth Fabricating.

Two adjacent property owners will have seven days to contact the city about driveway access along the new, hard-surface road.

“We don’t want to push ahead with the engineering if some adjustments need to be made,” said Keith Pennington, chair of council’s legal and finance committee.

Development of the road is part of the Palm Plastics project announced in October. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced a $2.9 million Community Development Block Grant, with $900,000 pegged for road, water and sewer improvements. The city will be required to contribute $270,000 for the project.

Hammontree Industrial Drive will provide an important alternate route for truck traffic when the bridge over Silver Creek closes for replacement, possibly in 2011. The bridge is located just west of United Bank and Trust.

Traffic can be routed through the industrial park rather than through residential neighborhoods and past the high school.

CLOSED—Council voted to close city hall on Friday, Dec. 26, and Friday, Jan. 2. Employees will use one of their vacation days.

The recycling center will remain open and library hours will be determined by the library board.

MEETING—Council’s Dec. 22 meeting was canceled. The next regularly scheduled meeting is Jan. 12. The Dec. 15 planning commission meeting was also canceled.

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