Morenci walking trail 02.24.2010

Written by David Green.

At a workshop in city hall in October 2008, a couple dozen residents met to discuss a proposed walking path that would connect Wakefield Park to Riverside Park.

The cost of the engineers’ presentation was paid through a grant from the Fay Foundation, but the project was pushed to the side due to the high cost of the project.

Morenci mayor Keith Pennington brought the walking path concept back to the forefront Monday night when he surprised council with an announcement.

A donor is willing to pay Morenci’s 30 percent match of the project if the city succeeds in obtaining a grant through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.

“Someone wants to pay Morenci’s share and establish a trust fund for maintenance,” Pennington said.

Pennington said he’s met with the donor twice and explained that it’s a real financial commitment to the city and he would need evidence of commitment from the donor prior to submitting an application.

A preliminary design of the project calls for a path from Main Street north along Bean Creek. A pedestrian bridge would carry walkers into Riverside Park where the path would continue. It also calls for a loop in the path between the two parks.

With the bridge and substantial native landscaping, the project could exceed $300,000.

A public hearing is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. March 8, before the council meeting, to collect comment on the proposal and also on a proposed five-year community recreation plan.

Pennington said the donor wishes to remain anonymous at the present time.

  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.grieders
    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
  • Front.sidewalk
    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2017