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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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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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