Morenci receives arboriculture award 08.04.2010

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s Arbor Day activities led to a 2010 ISA Gold Leaf Award from the Arboriculture Society of Michigan.

A letter about the award stated that the city was selected for the award “for being a community that was instrumental in organizing a successful Arbor Day celebration.”

Morenci schedules a tree-planting event every year on Arbor Day, often in conjunction with a local organization or business.

City council voted July 26 to apply for a grant through Consumer Energy’s tree planting program. The city will purchase 30 trees and the utility will reimburse the city up to $75 a tree.

The trees are expected to be planted before a November deadline to meet Consumer’s deadline. The utility requires low-growing trees that won’t grow to interfere with overhead wires.

BLIGHT—Council members voted to send a letter to the city attorney for additional action regarding a vacant rental property at 211 E. Union St. The property is owned by Joann St. Clair.

A letter explaining the non-compliance issues at the property—both structural and with the yard—was sent to the property owner, but no response was received.

MARIJUANA—Council voted to place a six-month moratorium on issuing permits, licensing and zoning approval for the sale or dispensation of medical marijuana.

The motion called for a moratorium of six months or until the city code book is amended to address the issue.

PRODUCE—City administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder said some interest has been expressed regarding participation in a farmer’s market.

Council approved use of the grassy area behind the Borchardt Brothers’ grocery and set an annual fee of $25.

The fee will be waived in order to help get the market underway.

• City council meetings are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month. The next meeting is Aug. 9.

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