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.