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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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