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All four of the residents must agree to accept the offer or it will be rescinded.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