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.

  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Front.cowboy
    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.base Ball
    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
  • 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.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.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016