Morenci city council 7.7.2010

Written by David Green.

Residents on Morenci’s Baker Street have until Friday morning to make a decision about a free sidewalk. The offer from city council comes as planning continues for the reconstruction of parking lots.

The project includes widening Baker Street to a standard width and the design shows construction of sidewalks up against the curb. Council is offering to pay for installation of the walks in exchange for easement onto the properties for the walks.

All four of the residents must agree to accept the offer or it will be rescinded.

The owners of one house located very close to the road expressed concern previously that a new sidewalk would cut their front yard in half.

MAUSOLEUM—Council members are expected to visit the newer addition to Oak Grove Cemetery to see where a proposed mausoleum would be located.

Cemetery sexton Eric Emmons told council members at the June 28 meeting that the structure would take from 12 to 20 grave sites for a mausoleum for six people.

Emmons said the structure would be about the size of the Cornelius mausoleum and wanted council members to decide whether or not it should be allowed.

City supervisor Barney Vanderpool noted the city has no regulations concerning mausoleums.

Emmons said that about 100 lots have been sold in the addition, leaving more than 700 unsold. Between 45 and 55 a year are typically sold.

Council member Tracy Schell wondered if a public mausoleum has been considered. Public Works chair Art Erbskorn only knew of discussion about a public mausoleum for cremated remains.

GRANT—Assistant clerk Diane Varga obtained a $750 from the Lenawee Youth Council in support of the summer recreation program.

PLANNERS—Morenci’s planning commission changed its meeting time from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.

FENCES—Council heard the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would restrict fences located between a house and the street to 36 inches to improve the line of sight for drivers.

TELEPHONE—Schroeder said she was approached by two area companies about providing telephone service for city hall. Council will explore the option as a cost-cutting move. Service is currently provided by Verizon.

ASSISTANT—Council unanimously approved a job description for the new part-time assistant for police department clerical work.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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