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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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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

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