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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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