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.

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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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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