Morenci city council 2.25

Written by David Green.

Morenci city council members voted Monday to grant an easement onto their easement in order to help with a project by Consumers Energy.

Morenci city supervisor Barney Vanderpool explained that the utility company wants to relocate poles and overhead wiring away from the banks of Bean Creek near the sewage lagoons and instead run the lines in a more open area to the west.

The lines will pass over farm fields on the west side of the city’s newest lagoon on the west side of Sims Highway.

Vanderpool was told that Consumers obtained easements from three property owners involved, but later discovered the city has a 100-foot drainage easement on each side to the west lagoon.

Vanderpool told council members the city has no infrastructure in the ground in that area.

“I don’t see where it would bother us a bit,” he said. “There’s no benefit to us to keep them out.”

Council voted 6-0, with Leasa Slocum absent, to grant the easement, effective upon the receipt of copies of the easements obtained from the three property owners involved.

If the line is rerouted, wires will be strung through a field south from Sims Highway, then turn east to travel along the south side of the lagoons and rejoin the existing line that feeds the city’s electrical system.

DEFICIT—Councilors voted 6-0 to approve a deficit elimination plan created by the Town and Country Festival committee. The plan will be submitted for approval in Lansing.

The last city audit showed a deficit in the festival account and that must be addressed with the state treasurer’s office.

The committee is planning a reverse raffle to eliminate the $2,872 debt.

PLANNERS—Matt Woznicki was elected to serve another term as chair of the planning commission. Penny Baumgartner will serve as vice chair until she relocates out of Morenci later this year. Art Erbskorn will take over at that time. Karen Mepham was chosen secretary.

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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
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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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