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.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in 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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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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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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    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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