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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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