Morenci city council 2011.05.25

Written by David Green.


A downtown Morenci building has a new owner and planning continues for a Subway restaurant in the building.

The closing for the sale of property at 203-205 W. Main St.—the former Knoblauch grocery store—was made final last week. New owner Ketan Patel of Mason, Mich., intends to renovate the building and open a Subway restaurant in the ground floor of the east side of the structure.

The west side would become available for office or retail space and, eventually, four apartments would be created on the second floor.

Patel owns Subway franchises in Hudson and Lansing, plus a pizza franchise in East Lansing.

Patel is using a state façade grant of $164,000 and $212,000 in private funds for the renovation project.

The first building permit for the renovation was taken from city hall today, reported city administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder, for the purpose of installing a new roof.

City council members voted Monday to accept the low bid from Tenmile Creek Excavating of Detroit for the city’s parking lot rebuilding project.

The firm’s bid of $652,800 was only $3,800—less than half a percent—lower than Brady from Tecumseh. Six companies submitted bids.

Public Works committee vice-chair Jason Cook reported that the city’s engineer studied the bids and recommended Tenmile’s as the low bidder.

Morenci mayor Keith Pennington said that Tenmile won’t do all the work itself since, for example, it has no paving equipment.

ROOF—Councilors voted to accept the low bid offered by Kevin Arquette ($1,440) to replace the roof on the west shelter house at Wakefield Park.

ALS—The annual resolution for funding the Morenci Area EMS service calls for no increase in the existing special assessment.

ALPINE—The Lenawee Economic Development Corporation—owner of the former Alpine (M&S) buildings in Morenci—decided recently to temporarily shut off the utilities to the vacant manufacturing space.

ROAD REPAIR—A contract was approved with the Lenawee Road Commission to tar and chip 4,000 feet of Coomer Street, starting at the east city limits and also a portion of W. Chestnut Street.

SHOOTING—Police chief Larry Weeks said formal notification arrived ruling that a Morenci police officer showed appropriate use of force in a shooting incident in Hillsdale County.

BUDGET—Council approved the city budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, showing general fund revenue and expenditures of $1.188 million, including a contingency fund of $114,475.

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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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    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.

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