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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of 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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