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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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