Morenci city council 2011.08.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci city council will soon be a member short due to the impending resignation of Joe Varga.

City administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder told councilors Monday night that Varga will be submitting a letter of resignation because he is now working Monday nights in his new job.

Varga has a little over two years yet to serve, Schroeder said. Council will appoint a new member who will serve through November 2012. The appointee will have the option of running in the 2012 election for the final year of Varga’s term.

Council members are regularly elected to a four-year term.

“It is a good opportunity to get your feet wet and learn what council is about,” mayor Keith Pennington said. “Anyone who’s interested in giving it a try should let us know.”

FESTIVAL—Another opportunity to volunteer exists with the Town and Country Festival committee.

City treasurer Crystal White, who is a member of the committee, reported that festival committee chair Sue Snyder is stepping down.

Snyder served in the position for five years and is ready for someone else to take a turn. Snyder said she is willing to help the new person learn the job, and she will still coordinate with the rodeo group that comes to the festival.

White said the festival made a profit this year, which includes a 50/50 split with the Eagles’ beer tent. The festival should receive more than $800 from the beer sales.

White said the festival committee recently reviewed what went right and what didn’t from the 2011 event. They have some ideas for changes in 2012, but a final decision might depend on the new coordinator.

TREES—Schroeder told council the city has until Aug. 19 to apply for a tree planting grant from Consumers Energy. If the city received the maximum grant of $3,000, about 30 trees could be purchased.

Trees must be planted along city streets or on city property, and the grant can’t be used to replace cut trees. Schroeder suggested that council might want to use the grant for planting trees in the parking lot projects. There are several “green areas” incorporated in the design to give a break from the pavement.

LIGHTS—Council has discussed the placement of new light poles for the south parking lot, but in the end it was decided to allow the project engineer to work with the contractor in determining placement.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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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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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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