Morenci city council 4.1.09

Written by David Green.

Highlights from the March 23 Morenci city council meeting:

TASERS—Police chief Larry Weeks received city council’s approval to bid on a pair of Taser electroshock weapons that will be sold at auction by the Norvell Township police department. The Norvell unit is disbanding, Weeks said, and added later that Morenci is one of few departments in the county without a Taser.

Free training in the use of the equipment would be provided by through a county trainer.

CRUISER—Chief Weeks also received council’s OK to proceed with the purchase of a 2009 Impala police cruiser to replace the older unit. The purchase is part of the department budget.

TIRE COLLECTION—Seneca Township supervisor John Gould was asked about plans for a used tire collection that could involve Morenci and other townships.

Gould said a lot of tires are collecting along county roads and he expects the situation to worsen.

Gould said a September date is under consideration to keep it away from the tire collection program in Adrian. He would like to include semi and tractor tires. A fee would be charged to cover costs.

“I think it’s fair to say you have our support,” said city council member Tracy Schell.

LITTLE LEAGUE—Council approved a request from the Morenci Little League to paint the names of business sponsors on the ends of dugouts as a fund raiser. The group also received permission to sponsor a raffle at Wakefield Park.

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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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