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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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.

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