Morenci city council 09.29.10

Written 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.

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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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