Morenci city council 09.29.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci city council took another step in the process to demolish two buildings on Orchard Street in preparation for the parking lot rebuild project.

Council approved a measure to seek bids for an asbestos survey for the old Grange building and the house to the south, located at the intersection of Orchard and LaGrange streets.

City administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder expects the asbestos survey to delay demolition by a month.

Council also gave Schroeder permission to proceed with bids for demolition. She expects that bids will be due Dec. 9 and demolition should follow in mid-January or February.

Requests for items from the Grange Hall will be made through the firm chosen to demolish the building.

Councilors voted to allow the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce to construct a haunted house inside the former TNG building at the back of Wakefield Park, contingent on approval from the city’s liability insurer.

Since the building is owned by the city, mayor Keith Pennington suggested that a council member review the plans and sign off on the project. Everyone’s has a different idea of what’s safe, he said. Leasa Slocum volunteered to look over the group’s plans as they’re created.

Pennington said he expects some guidelines from the insurance company about what would be allowed.

Chamber representatives at the meeting said they also intend to build an outdoor maze for younger children.

The Halloween event is planned Oct. 23 in the park.

VOLUNTEER—Council approved the return of former fire department member Jeremy Summers, pending a background check. Summers left the area several years ago but is now back in Morenci.

LIBRARY—Stair Public Library board members Kathy Schiermyer, Sandy Emmons and Lois Speed were appointed to additional three-year terms.

DONATION—Mayor Pennington told council members that Ken and Betty Richardson donated $12,500 to the city to use “as we see fit.” The city paid the Richardsons that amount to acquire property for the parking lot project.

WATER—Water service to the EMS building was severed from the former hospital and a new line was installed.

VOTING—Schroeder stated that Monday is the final day to register to vote in the November General Election.

ALCOHOL—Council voted 6-1, with Mayor Pennington in opposition, for an alcohol permit requested by the Eagles club. The club will again operate a beer tent at the Town and Country Festival.

HALLOWEEN—The Morenci Bible Fellowship was granted permission to use the city parking lot northwest of the church on Oct. 31 for a Trunk or Treat project.

Morenci’s trick or treat hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. that night.

  • Girls.on.ride
    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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
  • Funcolor
    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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    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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