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.

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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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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