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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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.

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