Morenci city council 10.17.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The chain link fence at Oak Grove Cemetery will be removed, leaving a portion of the property without a fence along M-156.

Morenci city council members voted unanimously to remove the fence that’s located along the southern side of the cemetery front. The older wrought iron fence will remain in place.

City supervisor Barney Vanderpool was asked for his opinion and said he isn’t completely in favor.

“I just like the fence barrier,” he said, “but it would be easier for mowing and leaf collection. I’m sure it would look a little nicer with it gone.”

A few citizens have commented on the incongruity between the chain link fence and the wrought iron fence, and council members decided to discuss the issue.

Vanderpool said the job could probably be completed in a day by using prison labor. Councilors voted earlier in the meeting to renew a contract with the Gus Harrison Facility for occasional help.

Vanderpool also commented on how good the freshly-painted wrought iron fence looks following the recent effort by volunteers helping Nathan Arno with an Eagle Scout project.

ZONING—At the Sept. 28 council meeting, council members voted 6-0 to hire Jacob Barnes as residential zoning administrator to replace the late Jack Baird. Barnes already serves as the commercial and industrial inspector.

Councilors voted Monday to approve a revised job description for the position.

HANDICAP—Council discussed a complaint about the lack of handicap accessible sidewalk approaches at the new walks at the elementary school.

City clerk/administrator Renée Schroeder said the approaches are the city’s responsibility. Vanderpool said the city has put them in after removing portions for other work and this wasn’t the case in this situation.

Vanderpool said if the city does one, it should others nearby and he wondered where the effort would stop?

Council members Leasa Slocum said the ramps would be very important to the mother of a handicapped child who wants the youth to be as independent as possible.

Mayor Doug Erskin suggested taking the issue back to the committee level for more discussion.

VOLUNTEER—Vanderpool expressed his appreciation to Art Slocum who repaired a hole in the stucco wall of the library. “Art has done the work more than once,” he said.

STOP SIGN—Councilor Tracy Schell reported that due to extra enforcement on East Locust Street, a stop sign would not be erected at the intersection of Locust and Page streets.

The issue will be reconsidered if speeding problems return.

The citizen requesting the sign is satisfied with the decision, said police chief Larry Weeks.

LIBRARY—At the Sept. 28 meeting, council gave its approval to a Garden Club request to plant a tree in front of the library in honor of the late Keith Whitehouse.

A portion of the sidewalk will be cut out and benches will be installed.

HALLOWEEN—Council approved trick-or-treating hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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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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