Morenci city council 7.29.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci city council approved several items of business Monday night regarding the fire department.

Council approved the low bid for the purchase of pagers. Morenci joined departments from the Fulton County Emergency Management to obtain a price much lower than if the department were buying on its own.

Council also gave approval for the purchase of replacement foam fire suppressant.

A $695 grant from the Michigan DNR will allow the department to buy six grass brooms, two radios and hot shield face masks worn while fighting grass fires.

Fire chief Chad Schisler told council members that he submitted an application for the next round of of grants.

Schisler will seeks bids for an upgrade to the fire hall heating and cooling system.  Bids will be due by Sept. 1. An advertisement seeking bids will appear in the Observer.

Schisler said a committee is examining the possible purchase of a used aerial truck owned by Archbold. The group is weighing the pros and cons of the purchase.

TRASH—City administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder showed council members photos that were brought to city hall showing large piles of trash along the curb at a few residences. It was noted that trash has been taken to the curb more than a week before the unlimited, city-wide collection this Saturday.

A story in last week’s Observer set Friday as the earliest day to place items on the curb.

Councilor Tracy Schell suggested sending letters to violators to inform them of the rule, but Schroeder asked who would drive around town collecting addresses. There was also concern about whether the letters would even arrive before the pickup day.

Schell suggested giving people more time in the future. Mayor Doug Erskin agreed, stating that it makes the town look messy, but it’s only for a week every other year.

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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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