Morenci city council 02.24.2010

Written by David Green.

The Morenci Town & Country Festival committee is hoping to bring a rodeo back to this summer’s event in June.

Committee member Kori Christle told city council Feb. 8 about a contract the committee was considering with a Hudson-based rodeo organizer.

A $3,500 deposit would be refundable through June 1. The total cost of the rodeo is $6,500.

There’s no other major event planned for this year’s festival, Christle said, and in the past a rodeo attracted many spectators.

Christle said the group is seeking council’s approval before signing the contract.

“I don’t think we’ll have any problem coming up with the deposit,” she said.

In other years, the rodeo brought in about $3,000 at the gate.

Councilors voted 6-0 to support the effort.

GRANT—The Morenci Fire Department received a FEMA grant of $92,500 to buy 18 new SCBA air packs (self-contained breathing apparatus) and 30 new face masks, along with some spare air bottles.

The grant covers 95 percent of the cost, leaving the city’s match at $4,500.

“We’ve worked really hard to get this and we’re excited,” said fire chief Chad Schisler.

MUSTER—Council approved a request for an alcohol permit for the Northwest Ohio Antique Firemen’s Association Muster, scheduled at Wakefield Park in Morenci July 24 and 25.

Department member Steve Meller told councilors last month that alcohol is not served at the event, but participants might bring some containers. He wanted to obtain council’s approval before moving forward with planning.

Meller met with council’s parks committee to discuss where the event would be located and a designated alcohol area was defined, the same as with softball tournaments.

Council approved the permit with a 5-1 vote. Tracy Schell was absent from the meeting and mayor Keith Pennington voted against the motion. Pennington explained that he is not opposed to the event at the park, but he votes against the permits because he would like to see entertainment planned without the need for alcohol.

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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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    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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