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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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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