Morenci city council.2 2012.01.11

Written by David Green.

Morenci continues to move toward the top of the list for funding to replace the East Main Street bridge.

City administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder learned last week that the city was not chosen in the current funding cycle, but she was told the city was number five on the list of 60 applications. Only the top three were chosen.

The state inspector has observed the condition of the bridge over recent years and pointed out some deterioration and the eventual need for replacement. the bridge was constructed in 1941.

City superintendent Barney Vanderpool said the weight limits were not changed last year, but he expects they might be lowered again after the next inspection.

If the city receives funding next year, replacement would be scheduled in 2015.

BEER AND WINE—City council voted 5-2 to approve a license for the sale of beer and wine by the Dollar General store. Store employees trained in the sale of alcohol, said a district manager at the council meeting, and monitored closely.

Police chief Larry Weeks said the application first passes through his office, but also needs council approval. He found no reason to reject the application.

Mayor Keith Pennington and council member Robert Jennings opposed the license for the store.

ALPINE—Council voted 7-0 to reject an offer by the Economic Development Corporation of Lenawee (EDC) to sell the former Alpine Engineering buildings on Salisbury Street. The city is trying to obtain repayment of a $23,000 loan made to the EDC for environmental work that was completed at the buildings in 2006.

After Alpine moved to Hudson, the EDC had no income from the property and has a large unpaid loan to United Bank and Trust for the purchase of the buildings.

EDC has offered the city a $2,000 payment and a one-year extension on the loan. The group is now offering to sell the property to the city for an additional $50,000, but council rejected the offer.

FIRE DEPARTMENT—Morenci Fire Department members met Jan. 8 to elect officers for 2012.

Officer chosen were Brad Lonis, C2; Bronson DiCenso, C4; Steve Olmstead, C6; Duyane Dickerson, head engineer; Cory Holt, second engineer; Delbert McClain, third engineer; Cory Sallows, fourth engineer; and Farra Ryan, secretary.

Chad Leahy was approved for membership with the department. Nick Fenner resigned from the department.

PROJECTS—Mayor Pennington has asked council members for ideas to use as goals in the coming year to improve services to citizens.

He also intends to schedule a tour of the city’s buildings and grounds. To physically see what may come up during council discussions should help with decision-making, he said.

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