Morenci city council 06.09.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

It’s not often that a municipality will remove a tax early, said Morenci mayor Keith Pennington, that action was approved by city council May 24.

City property owners began paying an annual assessment for the combined sewer overflow project in 1992—just as the 1963 sewer project was finally paid off—and there were two years of payments still on the schedule.

Sufficient funds have been collected to pay off the debt, Pennington told council members, and he urged council to stop the assessment.

The move should save taxpayers about $120 from their summer tax bill this year and next.

If the time comes in the future when additional taxes are needed for a project, Pennington said, he hopes they remember this time when council gave taxpayers a break.

MUSIC—Council discussed the Chamber of Commerce request to play music downtown every day all summer.

Downtown apartment dweller Cheryl Cowgill said she found it offensive to have music playing as loud as it was in December.

“It’s my home,” she said. “You wouldn’t want me blasting my music into your home for 11 hours a day.”

Councilor Tracy Schell said she enjoys the music, but since concerns were raised, she suggested allowing the music only for special events. It shouldn’t be considered special just because it’s Friday, she said.

Pennington added that it would be left to the Chamber’s discretion and played at an appropriate volume.

Art Erbskorn voted against the proposal.

ALCOHOL—The Morenci Eagles club agreed to a special use permit for a beer tent at the Morenci Town and Country Festival.

FIBER OPTICS—A representative from D&P Cable told council he read in a recent Observer about effort to bring a fiber optics line to the city. He said his company has had a line into the city for several years. Although the company has focussed on residential customers, changes in technology makes it more affordable for small business customers.

EMS—Council approved a 10 percent increase in the annual assessment charged for ALS ambulance service.

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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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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