Morenci city council 05.11.2011

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci’s farmer’s market will move to a new, more visible location this summer thanks to the cooperation of the State Line Gem and Mineral Society.

The group owns the former Main Street train depot across from Borchardt Brothers Market, and club members agreed to allow produce sellers to set up on the property this summer

No fee will be charged to sell at the market. Growers should contact city hall to make arrangements.

Morenci city treasurer Crystal White told council Monday night about progress she’s made in establishing on-line bill payment for city taxes.

One provider offers a contract that comes at no cost to the city. Property owner who choose to pay on-line would be assessed a small fee.

White said she would have the ability to quickly correct errors, such as in the case of a customer mistakenly making a double payment.

The payment option would be made via the city’s website.

White said she would like to extend the on-line capability to payments other than taxes, but she said water bills will pose a problem because the money must be split into four accounts.

BUDGET—No public comment was heard during the annual budget hearing. Council will vote on the proposed spending plan for 2011-12 at the May 23 meeting.

MOWING—Boomerang Lawn Service of Onsted offered the winning bid to mow city land this summer. Councilor Tracy Schell said she was disappointed the bid didn’t go to a local company, but Boomerang’s bid was so much lower that it would have been doing a disservice to taxpayers to choose another bid.

FIREWORKS—Council approved a fireworks bid with Miller Fireworks, the same company that provided the show at last year’s Town and Country Festival.

SOFTBALL—Alcohol permits were approved for softball tournaments May 21 (Brad Pike) and Memorial Day weekend (Rob Bucklew).

FIRE DEPARTMENT—Council voted to accept two new members for the Morenci Fire Department: Rance Rickard and Seth Milhoan.

Brad Lonis told council that Morenci’s department has served as trainers to other departments and has been invited to present additional training.

“It’s something to be proud of,” he said.

  • 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.
  • Front.starting
    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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