Produce stand to open in Morenci 8.26.09

Written by David Green.

City council learned Monday that interest was expressed by two Amish people in selling produce and baked goods in the city parking lot behind Borchardt Brothers market.

A $25 permit will allow the farmers to sell products under the city’s “season sales” ordinance.

Audience member Tim Decker asked if the grocery store owners would be in favor of the stand.

Councilor Leasa Slocum, who works at the store, said she spoke with co-owner Bill Borchardt last year when the issue was discussed. He said that he had no problem with the stand. Although he expects to lose some produce sales, the stand would likely bring customers into his store.

GRANT—Council voted to designate a downtown beautification grant of $300 to the Morenci Garden Club to help with the downtown flower planters project. The grant came from Michigan Gas Utilities.

SEWER FEES—Citizens will get a break on sewer fees for the next year.

After examining the data, said committee head Art Erbskorn, it was decided to lower the cost per thousand gallons by 18 cents to $2.29.

FIRE—Council voted to approve two new members for the Morenci Fire Department: Tiffany Knox and Richard Warren.

PARK—A council member inquired about the situation with juveniles at Stephenson Park late in the evening. A resident said it has improved greatly, but others noted that vandalism seems to have moved to new locations.

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