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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

Morenci city council 01.13.10

Written by David Green.


The next step in the proposed police station move was approved by Morenci city council members Monday after police chief Larry Weeks presented engineering plans.

Chief Weeks said he spoke with engineer Todd Dailey on several occasions to explain proposed changes in the city’s vacant building at the back of Wakefield Park.

In reviewing the changes in the office area of the building, Weeks pointed out a reception/radio room, an interrogation/interview room, a locker room for officers, an area containing desks for each full-time officer and a desk for part-time officers to share. There would also be an office for the chief and a room for holding evidence.

Weeks said it’s the area in back of the existing office area where most of the changes would occur.

A door would be added for entrance to a garage area and a storage area would be created for storage of found items such as the dozens of bicycles that have been collected.

The police department’s area would also have to be securely separated from the space that the DPW could use to store equipment. This would require a floor to ceiling wall.

In addition, a handicap-compliant restroom would be needed.

“My desire would be to get your approval to go out for bids on this,” Weeks said, “so we can really have some understanding of what it’s going to cost.”

Weeks was asked if the engineering plans include the recycling center. At previous meetings there had been talk about relocating the center to the vacant industrial space. He said that his effort has only been in relation to the police department, but his understanding is that costs for the recycling center would be minor.

Audience member Nancy Schang asked if the city has the funds to pay for the move. Mayor Keith Pennington said that’s unknown because the costs have not yet been determined. The motion being considered now, he said, is whether to seek bids to determine the costs.

“I think we’ll have more opportunity  when the bids come back to talk about whether it’s worth spending money on and where the money would come from if we have the money,” Pennington said.

The engineering drawings cost $2,600.

LEDC—Councilors voted to give permission to Morenci’s representatives on the Lenawee Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) to negotiate a change in the terms of a loan from the city.

The change would result in five annual payments and a loss of $2,500 on the principal balance owed.

The loan resulted from the purchase of the former M&S buildings by the LEDC. When it was discovered that environmental work was needed at the site, the LEDC asked city council to pay the cost of $22,560 to take a stake in the purchase of the buildings. Council instead agreed to a five-year, interest-free loan.

The LEDC bank note is now due, Pennington said, and the group is asking city council to extend the terms of its loan an additional three years, and allow the group to make annual payments rather than a lump-sum payment at the end. LEDC also suggested a reduction of about 10 percent in the money owed the city.

Rather than agree to the changes, council voted to negotiate any changes after the bank considers its response to the issue.

PERSONNEL—Council hired Laurie Schisler to work 17 hours a week at the city’s recycling center. The current hours for the center will remain the same. She will be paid $8 an hour and receive no benefits.

Richard Hoadley was hired as an on-call DPW worker to help out in emergencies such as snow clearing or waterline breaks. He will be paid $17 an hour.

Hoadley worked for the city for several years and will need no training, Pennington said.


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