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.