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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    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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    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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    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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