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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    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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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