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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    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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in 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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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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