Morenci city council 04.28.10

Written by David Green.

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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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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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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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