Morenci city council 2011.12.21

Written by David Green.

FIREARMS—Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks explained to city council about a change in state law that allows for the sale of confiscated firearms.

The new law allows a police department to sell confiscated weapons rather than turn them over to the Michigan State Police. The guns can only be sold to a licensed firearms dealer and not to individuals.

The owners of the weapons, before they were confiscated, have 30 days from the time they’re posted on the city’s website, to claim them providing they can lawfully possess the gun.

Weeks said the department has more than 20 firearms collected from a period of many years.

Proceeds from the sale will go into the department’s equipment fund.

INSURANCE—Council approved a motion to allow permanent part-time staff and elected officials to buy into the city’s insurance plan by paying 100 percent of the cost.

FIRE DEPT.—Council approved Nicholas Skolmowski as a new member of the department.

Fire chief Chad Schisler said that another department is interested in purchasing nine of Morenci’s old radios that were recently replaced. The sale will bring in $900 which will be used to pay for engine repairs.

The department received a $1,200 grant from the DNR that will be used to replace miscellaneous equipment.

DEPARTMENT HEADS—Council approved Mayor Pennington’s selection of department heads, with no changes from the existing assignments.

NEXT MEETING—Due to the holidays, city council will not meet until Jan. 9.

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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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