Morenci city council 04.28.10

Written by David Green.


Morenci residents will have a new trash collection service in July when the current contract with Archbold Refuse Service ends.

Councilors voted Monday night to switch to Modern Waste Systems of Napoleon, Mich.

Public Works committee chair Jason Cook said bids were examined from three companies and the committee recommended Modern since it offered the lowest bid with the provision of an annual cleanup each year of the three-year contract.

City administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder pointed out there was no dissatisfaction at all with Archbold Refuse. Morenci has contracted with the company for nine years.

Modern Waste comes highly recommended from the City of Hudson. Company president Philip Duckham said his intent is to keep the same Friday collection day. The company rents trash carts for $4.95 a month.

Duckham said he will work with ARS for a smooth transition.

MAYOR—Mayor Keith Pennington’s report to council mentioned that the Public Works committee is discussing a plan for water tower maintenance and should have a proposal soon.

He will have city council consider a resolution next month to pay off the combined sewer overflow bond debt two years early. The move would save residents $120 on their tax bill this summer.

ARBOR DAY—Pennington read an excerpt from an Arbor Day proclamation and Schroeder noted that a tree will be planted in front of the waste water treatment plant in honor of Arbor Day. DPW workers have planted 25 trees recently.

MARKET—Plans continue for a farmer’s market in Morenci this summer. Schroeder said she and council member Leasa Slocum will visit a couple other markets in the area to distribute fliers.

ICE GRANT—Pennington learned that 160 communities applied for state ICE grants and Morenci was one of 40 selected. The funds will be used to rebuild and create parking areas.

Nearly all the winning applicants proposed matching funds between 30 and 40 percent, while Morenci’s match was only 22 percent.

“Not only did we receive the grant,” he said, “but we got in on the low end.”

MOWING—Council voted to take the lowest qualified bid from R&W Nursery for mowing city property. A majority of the city’s mowing will be subcontracted this year.

BUDGET—The city’s tentative budget for 2010-11 will be discussed at a public hearing May 10. The document will be available for public viewing starting May 3.

TABLED—Council tabled the decision on buying a new air conditioner and water heater for the fire department in order to consider higher efficiency units.

CANDIDATE—Former Morenci resident Earl Gilhouse introduced himself to council as a candidate for the county commissioner seat that represents Morenci. Gilhouse lived in the city in the 1990s when he and his wife, Amy, served as managers at York Hills Apartments.

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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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    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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    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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