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All four of the residents must agree to accept the offer or it will be rescinded.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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    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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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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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.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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