Morenci city council 08.11.2010

Written by David Green.

The demolition of the former Morenci Area Hospital could be moved back a few weeks due to delays.

City council members approved a change in the demolition timeline through Oct. 25, 2010, and the site preparation time to Dec. 25.

Once the facility is demolished, the site will be leveled and seeded before turning the property over to the city.

Morenci city administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder told council members that property owner Bixby Medical Center is still working with the Lenawee County Health Department to approve changes at the former Charles Fay Village residential complex. The building will be used to house Dr. William Gray’s medical office and the senior citizen center, currently located in the former hospital.

The changeover is moving forward, Schroeder said, but not as quickly as anticipated.

Negotiations are continuing in an effort to use the facility for fire training before demolition.

ASSISTANT—Council voted unanimously, with mayor Keith Pennington absent, to hire rural Clayton resident Ann Emrick as the police department assistant.

Starting Thursday, Emrick will take on many of the department’s clerical duties. After police chief Larry Weeks began additional duties as Morenci Area EMS director, keeping up with paperwork requirements has been a challenge.

Chief Weeks said he received about a dozen applications for the part-time job, but Emrick had the advantage of past work experience in the Toledo court system.

Starting next week, she’s expected to be available to assist the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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