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.

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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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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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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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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.

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