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.

  • Girls.on.ride
    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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
  • Funcolor
    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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    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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