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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    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.
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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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    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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