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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

Morenci city council 10.28.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci is need of two planning commission members following the recent resignation of Karen Mepham. A recent state law might affect the makeup of the group.

Morenci’s seven-seat commission fits into the law, council member Keith Pennington explained, along with the method of placing members on the commission: the mayor appoints and council approves.

Renée Schroeder, as city administrator, would be an ex officio member of the board unless she names someone to serve in her place. One other ex officio member would be appointed from council.

The ex officio members could be made up of the mayor and a councilor, two councilors, or the administrator and a councilor.

The new law allows for two members who are not registered voters of the city.

The law also requires a minimum of four meetings every year.

Morenci planners will continue with five members, Pennington said, until two more are appointed. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact city hall.

SEWER PAYMENTS—Property taxes in Morenci could be going down next year as the bond for the sewer separation program nears repayment.

Pennington, as chair of the Legal and Finance committee, told council members he has spoken with city treasurer Stephanie Mossing about paying off the off the bond debt early.

“We hope to know in the next month or so,” Pennington said. “What better time to save a little money for property owners.”

Residential property owners pay about $125 a year and business owners pay $185, he said. In addition, a charge of $11.50 would come off the water bill.

“I’m glad that assessment is almost over,” he said. “Twenty years has been a long time.”

CRUISER—The 2003 Chevrolet Impala police cruiser will be offered for sale on eBay. Police chief Larry Weeks said the city has had better success in the past selling items on eBay rather than trying to sell locally.

The vehicle has 139,000 miles plus the wear and tear of law enforcement use, Weeks said.

AERIAL TRUCK—Council member Tracy Schell said that verbal acceptance was received for the city’s bid for the used aerial truck owned by the Archbold Fire Department. However, since the sale would be made to an out-of-state buyer, Archbold learned that the normal bidding process would have to taken.

LIBRARY—Kym Ries and Heather Walker were approved for additional four-year terms on the Stair Public Library board of directors.

Janelle Thomas was given a 25 cent an hour wage increase in accord with her contract.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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