Morenci police to install emergency phone 03.02.2011

Written by David Green.

Morenci residents will soon have an emergency contact at the police station to use when no officers are present.

Presently, no telephone is available on the outside of the police station, Chief of Police Larry Weeks told city council members Monday, and he believes it’s important to give residents a way to quickly get help at the station when it’s closed.

An emergency telephone from Safety Systems will be installed near the front door of the station that connects with the county’s 911 center through the push of a button.

An officer on patrol can be dispatched to the station through the central office in Adrian.

The telephone costs $1,060 is something Weeks has budgeted funds to cover.

LIBRARY—Council gave Stair Public Library’s board permission to cut through the concrete floor in order to install new electrical outlets.

The work will be done when the carpet is replaced, said library director Colleen Leddy. The project is part of a $25,000 grant from the Reinhardt Library Fund to create a teen reading area and address other needs.

The new outlets will deliver power to laptop computers.

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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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