Morenci city council 04.13.11

Written by David Green.

Morenci city law governing the Sunday sale of liquor by the glass will not change despite changes in state law.

Following the third reading Monday night of a proposed change to the City Code, Morenci city councilor Greg Braun moved to not revise the current ordinance.

Mayor pro tem Tracy Schell explained that council was considering the issue because state law has changed to allow Sunday liquor sales and is requiring local municipalities to decide on the issue.

City administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder read a letter from mayor Keith Pennington who was absent. Pennington urged the council to oppose a change in the ordinance.

“I believe the use of alcohol in our society, while profitable to some, is a detriment to us all,” wrote Pennington. “Our local government should not expand the availability of these products, which enables destructive and sometimes violent behavior.”

“I agree with Mayor Pennington,” said Braun.

Braun’s motion failed because it was not seconded by any of the other councilors present (Schell, Leasa Slocum and Joe Varga).

Varga then moved to revise the code, but that motion also died due to lack of a second.

The current ordinance specifies that alcohol may not be sold “At any time on Sunday for consumption on the premises.” This allows for grocery stores to sell on Sundays with a license, but not bars.

RUBBISH—Renee Schroeder reported that the annual rubbish pick-up is set for July 23, the Saturday after the City-Wide Garage Sales.

FIRE FIGHTER—Council approved the hiring of Wesley McRobert as a volunteer fire fighter.

ELECTION INSPECTORS—Stephanie Mossing, Joyce Woerner, Gail Johnson and Brenda Spiess were approved as election inspectors for the May 3 school election.

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approved a motion to submit the East Main Street bridge to the Local Bridge Program

Pyrophilia—Band member Alex Garwood   told council early plans to book a pyrotechnics show at the Town and Country Festival following the Battle of the Bands.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in 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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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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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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    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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