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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    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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