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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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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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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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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