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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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