Morenci council committees named 2011.11.23

Written by David Green.

Morenci mayor Keith Pennington appointed council members to committee assignments at the Nov. 14 meeting.

Tracy Schell will serve as chair of the Public Safety committee (fire, EMS and police), joined by Rebecca Berger and Greg Braun.

Robert Jennings was named chair of the Public Works committee (parks, cemetery, library, utilities, streets, sidewalks, building and grounds). Other committee members are Brenda Spiess and Berger.

Jeff Bell is the new chair of Finance, Legal, Personnel and Economic Development. Other members are Braun and Spiess.

Schell will continue to serve as mayor pro tempore.

The mayor’s recommendations for department heads and appointed officials will be listed for council’s approval at the Dec. 12 meeting. The second meeting of November was canceled.

CAMERA—The city will apply for a grant to buy a sewer camera to give a close-up inspection of lines. The grant would pay  three-fourths of the $10,000 camera system cost. The grant comes through the risk reduction plan of the city’s insurer.

VIDEO—The police department’s new in-car video system has been installed to replace an old system. Police chief Larry Weeks described the system as an important piece of equipment for the department.

CLARIFICATION—An article in last week’s Observer told about council’s approval of a state request that calls for public employees to pay 20 percent of their health care costs.

The 80/20 split takes effect after existing contracts expire or are renewed.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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