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.