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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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.
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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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    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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