Morenci city council 2011.08.24

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci city council members voted Monday add a part-time office position at city hal. The post will be filled by the person who’s been helping out at city hall on an on-call basis.

Council voted unanimously to hire Leasa Slocum to the permanent part-time position of office assistant. She will work 24 hours a week at a starting wage of $8.75 an hour, starting Nov. 2.

Slocum, who serves as a city council member, was absent from the meeting. She isn’t seeking another term on council and the job will begin as her elected term ends.

Eight qualified candidates were interviewed, said council member Tracy Schell, but Slocum’s previous experience in the office made her the best choice.

In the fall election, Jeff Bell, Brenda Spiess and Rebecca Berger filed petitions to fill the three seats that will be vacated by Slocum, Jason Cook and Art Erbskorn.

Council is currently accepting letters of interest to fill a councilor position recently vacated by Joe Varga who resigned due to a change in his work schedule.

Mayor Keith Pennington thanked Varga for his service with the city, and he also expressed appreciation to Sue Snyder who has served as Town and County Festival committee chair for five years.

PROPERTY—Council voted to accept the updated International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) that the city uses. The update covers changes made in the 2009 edition of the document.

The city follows the IPMC with the exception of the section pertaining to grass and weed regulations. The city has its own ordinance for that.

PARKING LOT—Council learned that Consumers Energy will move a utility pole in the new North Street parking area at no cost to the city. A clause in the easement calls for the utility company to move a pole in the case of construction.

At the advice of the city engineer, council hired TTL Associates for quality testing of the parking lot project. The engineer will determine what tests to order.

TRAINING—Morenci Area EMS coordinator Larry Weeks will seek a grant to help pay for EMT training in Morenci.

AMBULANCE—Council accepted the bid from LifeStar Rescue for a new ambulance. LifeStar was the only company of four that were contacted to return a bid.

The ambulance will be paid for by a $130,000 federal grant plus funds from Morenci Area EMS savings ($145,33 total) without taking out a loan.

Weeks noted that he’s seen prices range from $160,000 to $180,000 for recent ambulance purchases in the area. One difference in the lower cost of Morenci’s new vehicle is the choice of a gasoline engine rather than diesel. That cut the cost by about $20,000.

Weeks said gas engines are not typically used by Lenawee County agencies, although they’re quite common in many areas including Fulton County.

VIDEO—Council approved a budgeted purchase of new in-car video systems for two police cruisers. The two units cost $10,175. The police equipment fund will be used to cover the installation cost.

SEARCHERS—Weeks said the Shiawassee County Search and Rescue group was in town for the seventh time since the initial training session. The volunteers were again unsuccessful in tracking down any clues in the case of the missing Skelton brothers.

AID—Council approved a request by fire chief Chad Schisler to accept the updated county mutual aid agreement.

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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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    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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