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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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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