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All four of the residents must agree to accept the offer or it will be rescinded.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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    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
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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