Morenci council positions up for vote 3.25.09

Written by David Green.

For anyone thinking of serving in city government, 2009 is a good year to give it a try. This year’s election will feature three options.

First, the mayor’s seat expires this year. Doug Erskin’s two-year term is up in November. Erskin was elected in November 2007 after defeating long-time mayor Russ Sutherland.

The regular four-year terms expire for three council members. Keith Pennington was appointed to council in 1997 and has been elected to office since then. Tracy Schell was elected to a full four-year term in 2005. Greg Braun was appointed to council in February 2008 to fill vacancy.

Jason Cook was appointed to council in October 2008 to fill a vacancy. He will seek election to complete that office—a commitment of two years.

Candidates must be registered voters of the City of Morenci for at least one year prior to the election. Nominating petitions must be signed by at least 25 qualified electors, with a filing deadline on May 12.

If a large number of candidates file for office, the field will be narrowed at the Aug. 4 primary election. The annual general election is scheduled Nov. 3.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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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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