Morenci city council 01.126.2011

Written by David Green.

A phase II environmental study is needed for the vacant Dunbar Auction House property on North Street, mayor Keith Pennington told city council Monday night. The building is expected to be purchased by the city and demolished to create a parking area.

The more extensive environmental work was not unexpected, said the mayor, due to the previous uses of the building that included an automotive dealership, automotive repair and furniture refinishing.

The company handling the study will begin work when the contents are removed. Council member Tracy Schell said that owner Duane Dunbar sold the contents to another party, so it might not be his to remove.

Dunbar wil be contacted in hopes of keeping the project moving forward, Pennington said.

ALPINE—Alpine Manufacturing Technologies will continue to pay rent through February on the former M&S buildings on Salisbury Street in Morenci, but operations are moving to Hudson.

Pennington said the Lenawee Economic Development Corporation is actively seeking a new tenant and is also examining ways to continue financing the cost of the building while there is no tenant.

BUDGET—City administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder is urging department heads to submit proposed funding for the next fiscal year, ahead of the proposed budget that must be presented in May.

She noted that negotiations with both unions are scheduled this year.

PAY—Scheduled pay increases were approved for police department assistant Ann Emrick and recycling center coordinator Laurie Schisler.

LIBRARY—Council approved plans by the Stair Public Library board to select Library Design Associates to select new carpet and implement their design improvements for a new young adult reading area.

The entire project project is funded by a $25,000 grant through the Reinhardt Library Fund.

RECREATION—Council approved a proposal from Conservation Design Forum (CDF) for assistance in updating the city’s five-year recreation plan.

Communities must have a current plan in place in order to apply for many recreation grants. The cost of the CDF’s work is $3,500.

CDF will first review the existing plan, compare it with state guidelines, and identify recreational components eligible for state and federal grants.

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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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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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    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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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